It's official! Saina Nehwal's stay at the top ends, drops to World No. 2
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal's stay at the top of the table was cut short as she dropped a place to be World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released today
New Delhi: After reaching a career-high of World No.1 in women's singles, Saina Nehwal dropped to No.2 in the revised Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings on Thursday as reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui re-took the top spot.
The Hyderabadi had become the first Indian woman to reach No.1 last Thursday after finishing runner-up to reigning World Champion Carolina Marin at All England and winning the India Open in March.
She lost to the reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui, who regained the top spot. She skipped the ongoing Singapore Open to give herself a break.
In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth is still at No.4 followed by compatriot H.S. Prannoy at No.14. Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap rose two places to No.15.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also rose a place to be ranked No.18 in women's doubles.
There are no Indians in the top-25 of men's and mixed doubles rankings.
Meanwhile, P V Sindhu, who has not been playing for some time due to an injury, managed to retain her No. 9 ranking.