Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is on a new high. The Hyderabadi has upstaged reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to take the number one spot again at the women’s singles ranking, according to the new list released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.
The Chinese shuttler has dropped to No.2 after Saina who has won two titles this year — India Open Superseries and India Grand Prix Gold — and also reached the final of the prestigious All England Open, which is a Superseries Premier event.
The 25-year-old will next play the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries next week in Sydney.
Meanwhile, compatriot and two-time world championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu dropped to No. 12 spot.
In men’s singles, all three Indians in the top-25 maintained their positions with Kidambi Srikanth at No.4, Parupalli Kashyap at No.13 and H.S. Prannoy at No.15.
In women’s doubles, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also rose to No.21 spot in the world rankings. There are no Indians in the top-25 of mixed and men’s doubles rankings.