The top Indian shuttler HS Prannoy moved up to number 6 in the most recent men’s singles ranking, which was issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), on Tuesday, setting a new career high. The 31-year-old surpassed his previous career-best global rating of seventh by moving up from ninth to sixth.
Prannoy is the only Indian male shuttler in the top 10 in the world after a stellar World Championships campaign in which he overcame Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen to win his first World Championships bronze medal.
The Keralan shuttler entered the top ten in December of last year and has been in the bottom half of the list ever since. Prannoy finished second in the Australian Open and won the Malaysia Masters.
Lakshya Sen, another shuttler in men’s singles, fell one spot to reach world number 12, while Kidambi Srikanth, who had a lacklustre World Championships run, stayed at 20.
Despite losing in the opening round of the World Championships, PV Sindhu rose one position to be ranked 14th in the women’s singles category. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are still ranked second in the world in men’s doubles despite an unexpected loss to Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen in the World Championships quarterfinal.
After losing in the round of 16 at the World Championships, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand’s women’s doubles team climbed two spots to the world’s number 17 position.
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