Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
The rankings, which were released on 29 June 2017, saw Srikanth placed at the 8th position with 58,583 points. The development comes less than a week after the ace shuttler beat Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series and before that Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to clinch the Indonesian Open.
• Srikanth is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men's singles ranking after climbing up three places.
• The 24-year-old had last reached the top ten in October 2016, few months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016.
• Srikanth’s career-best ranking remains to be No 3, which he achieved in June 2015.
• Among other Indian male shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth moved up a position to be 15th, while Ajay Jayaram lost a spot to be 16th.
• Besides them, HS Prannoy also dropped two places to be placed 23rd.
• In women's singles ranking list, PV Sindhu dropped a position to be world no. 5, while Sania Nehwal gained a spot to be15th.
• The men’s list is topped by Korea’s SON Wan Ho with 72,968 points, while the women’s list is topped by Taiwan’s TAI Tzu Ying who has a total of 94,989 points.
Srikanth’s recent victory also won him a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and an offer of a Group 1 officer post.