Badminton: Saina Nehwal returns to world's top 5 rankings
New Delhi: Star player Saina Nehwal has gained a place to be fifth in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings released here yesterday.
Saina improved her ranking, riding on her back-to-back quarter-final appearances at Denmark and French Open tournaments this month.
In both the events, she lost to World No. 2 Chinese Shixian Wang. Saina's compatriot P V Sindhu maintained her No.10 position despite losing in the first round of French Open.
Parupalli Kashyap has made it back to the men's singles top-20 at 17th spot by climbing up four places after a decent show in the last two tournaments.
While he made the semi-finals of Denmark Open, he lost in the quarterfinals of French Open. Kidambi Srikanth retained his position as the top ranked Indian male shuttler at number 16.
Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have also re-entered the top-20 at No. 20 after earning two places. There is no Indian in the top-25 of either men's and mixed doubles.