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Saina Nehwal retains her third ranking
The rankings released by Badminton World Federation show that the India's best player, Saina Nehwal has retained third place in the list. Wang Yihan and Li Xuerui are ranked first and second respectively.

SAINA NEHWAL has become a household name in India - courtesy her performances in the badminton courts all across the globe. As a result of which, the ranking released yesterday (Friday) by the Badminton World Federation showed that the Indian superstar was ranked third with 82,112 points. It was the Chinese players, Wang Yihan and Li Xuerui who were ranked one and two respectively.

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Saina has had a good year with the 2012 London Olympics bronze medal for India topping the chart. Some of her other victories in the circuit were Indonesia Super Series Premier, Denmark Open, Swiss Open and Thailand Open. Of late, She has looked in great touch after her bronze medal winning performance during the Olympics. Post-Olympics, she has won top Chinese players as well.

The player has always been on a constant fight for the top 5 ranking with her fellow Chinese players, against whom she does not enjoy a great record. She dominates players from other countries with ease but with the Chinese players, she has not been able to come up with consistent performances, but all in all, she is improving her game to put a serious challenge against top Chinese players such as Wang Yihan and Li Xuerui.

The Indian has the potential to climb to the number one spot, but she needs to show her class against all her opponents. Winning more trophies in the upcoming year is going to put her in good stead, but for this to happen, her coach, Pullela Gopichand needs to get the best out of her. The 22-year-old girl has a good future ahead of her, as she is still young and one normally gets to see the best of the sportsperson, when she is in the age group of 24-28, reported Indiansportsnews.com.

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