The Indian Rio Olympics silver medallist, PV Sindhu reached her career-best ranking of World no.2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, which were released on 6 April 2017.
The 21-year-old’s new rank is just second to Saina Nehwal, who was named World No. 1 in 2015. This feat also makes her the second Indian woman after Nehwal to break into the top five of world rankings of women’s singles.
• Sindhu recently clinched the India Open title after defeating her Olympic final rival Carolina Marin of Spain in the final clash.
• However, she lost in the opening round of the ongoing Malaysia Open Super Series in Kuching to her unseeded Chinese opponent Chen Yufei.
• But the shuttler was rewarded with the No. 2 ranking for her overall performance in 2016 and this year.
• She climbed up three spots with 75759 points, superseding Japan’s Akane Yamugachi who moved back few places from Rank 2 to Rank 4.
• Carolina Marin with 75664 points remained in the third spot.
• Saina Nehwal with 64279 points dropped a place to rank 9 after losing in the first round of Malaysian Open.
• The top rank in the women’s singles chart is being currently held by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 87911 points.
• None of the Indian male shuttlers have figured in the top 10 rankings list.
• Ajay Jayaram, who holds rank 20, is the highest ranked Indian shuttler in men’s singles.
Who: PV Sindhu
When: On 6 April 2017