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Saina Nehwal becomes World No. 1 again

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 06:04 IST
Saina Nehwal climbed to the number one spot again

After becoming the first Indian shuttler to win a silver medal at the World Championships, India’s Saina Nehwal has climbed to the top of the world rankings for the third time in her career, as per the latest rankings that were released on Thursday.

The 25-year-old, who finished runner-up at the 2015 World Championships in Jakarta on Sunday, gained a total of 3600 points that saw her total tally jump from 79192 points to 82792 points. That meant she toppled Carolina Marin, who despite winning the title, gained no points.

Saina has had a fantastic 2015 so far; she became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the final of the All England Open and reached the number one position in the world during the India Open in March.

She once again became the numero uno ranked player in the world in May after being the lone bright spot at the Sudirman Cup in an otherwise disappointing campaign for India, which saw them failing to go past the qualifying round of the tournaments.

Prior to the World Championships, Saina had two disappointing outings at the Australian Open and Indonesia Open, where she was knocked out in the quarter-final stage. She lost on both occasions to Wang Shixian of China.

However, she brushed away those losses at the World Championships and lost just 3 games in the tournament, including 2 in the final. She also defeated her past nemesis Wang Yihan on her way.

Saina will be looking to sustain the number one ranking for as long as possible and will be looking to cross the finish line in the upcoming tournaments in which she will be taking part.

Published 20 Aug 2015, 11:29 IST
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