BWF Rankings: Srikanth Kidambi moves up two places to eighth, Saina jumps four spots
The latest BWF rankings after the 2017 World Championships were released on Thursday and for Indian fans, there is good news as many star players moved up the charts.
Srikanth Kidambi, who reached the quarterfinal at the Worlds, had dropped two places in the previous week to take 10th place. Now, he has regained his previous position after his showing at the World Championships and takes eighth place once again. The other three male shuttlers at the tournament have also seen their positions improve.
Ajay Jayaram also regains his status as the India No. 2 as he moves up to No. 16, up one place from the previous week. Sai Praneeth sits one place behind in No. 17, after improving his position by two places. Sameer Verma has also seen his ranking improve, as he takes the World No. 26 spot after jumping three spots.
HS Prannoy, who could not make the cut for the World Championships, drops three places to No. 18. Sourabh Verma too drops one place and now sits at the World No. 32 spot. Parupalli Kashyap remains at World No. 46. India's biggest mover is Karan Rajarajan, who is now ranked number 159 in the world after jumping 27 places thanks to a strong run in the Carebaco Open.
Saina moves up, no change for Sindhu
India created history at the World Championships as two women's singles players stood on the winner's podium for the very first time. However, the top 8 of the rankings continues to remain the same, with PV Sindhu still in fourth place. Nozomi Okuhara, who won the gold medal, moves to ninth place after a jumping three spots.
For Saina Nehwal, the tournament was quite a memorable one as she finally displayed signs of her old self, after the horrific knee injury that had threatened to sideline her last year. The former World No. 1 is now in 12th place, after a four-spot jump.
The remaining two Indians who took part at the Worlds - Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad have seen contrasting results on the charts this week. Das remains static at World No. 45 while Lad jumps a mammoth 11 places to be ranked No. 81 now.
Sikki Reddy remains India No. 1 in women's and mixed doubles
In the men's doubles, Manu Atri and Sumeeth Reddy continue to remain India's number one pair and have dropped a spot to sit at No. 33 after their early exit at the Worlds. Despite her heroic showing in Glasgow, Sikki Reddy has not seen much change in her position on the charts.
Her pairing with Ashwini Ponnappa stays at No. 24 this week in the women's doubles, while in the mixed section, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy move up one spot to reach 19th place.