Saina Nehwal rises to No. 2 spot in world rankings
Riding on her superb showing at the $500,000 All England Championships, India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has climbed to being No.2 in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation. Saina has reached the No.2 spot before – for the first time in Jule 2010, and most recently in June 2013.
Saina did not lose a single game in her unstoppable journey to the final of this year’s first Super Series tournament, before falling to Spaniard Carolina Marin in the title clash.
"I am happy to regain my position as number two in the world ranking. After All England, I knew I will become the number two this week. I will work hard and try to become the world number one soon," Saina said.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion is the highest ranked Indian after the legendary Prakash Padukone, who had become the world number one in the 1980s.
Young shuttler P V Sindhu, who had missed the All England due to an injury, retained her number nine position.
Among male shuttlers, K Srikanth regained his number four position, improving one spot, while P Kashyap retained his 12th spot in the latest rankings.
Young H S Prannoy, who had reached the second round of his maiden All England Championship last week, jumped two places to world number 17.