Saina Nehwal is world no. 2 again, P V Sindhu and Kashyap climb in rankings
India's badminton star, Saina Nehwal has climbed up to the second ranking after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the latest rankings. Sania with a total of 80091.7 points achieved this ranking. Another upcoming Indian star, P V Sindhu, with 43116.8 points, has bettered her personal ranking, and now stands ranked 16 in the rankings chart.
Saina Nehwal has had an impressive showing in the last 4-6 years, and has won and done well in world badminton championships. This has helped the player attain many titles. She also won the 2012 London Olympics bronze medal. So, her climbing up the rankings chart is not surprising for badminton fan, but Indian fans would love to see the player attaining a ranking of number one.
Attaining the number one ranking for the Indian star, who trails the Chinese powerhouse Li Xuerui by more than 14000 points, will be quite an uphill task as Li has a total of 94626.7 points. The Indian should not lose hope and play well in each and every tournament that she participates. Winning such tournaments is the only way she will be able to challenge Li for the number one position.
She has presently reached the second round of the Malaysian Open after defeating Singapore's Gu Juan in straight sets. She needs to win such titles on a regular basis to come anywhere close to Li's points. But, it was bad news for another Indian, P V Sindhu, who lost against Tine Baun of Denmark in the same tournament, though she has improved her rankings.
In the men's ranking, Parupalli Kashyap was the lone Indian in the men's category to feature in the top ten with 51986.69 points. He trails by around 36000 points to the number one player in the men's category, Lee Chong Wee from Malaysia. The Indian may not be so consistent on the circuit but he has been gradually improving to at least come with his best rankings ever, and is now ranked 10 in the world.