International body crowned Saina No.1

Published on April 02, 2015 18:52:17 PM
Sports
Indian Grandmaster Saina Nehwal's climb to the highest point of women's badminton was publicly approved with the release of the latest rankings by the game's international governing body today.

Emerging as the first Indian lady shuttler to achieve number one spot in world rankings, Saina took control over the reins from China's Li Xuerui, who slipped to the third spot with Spain's Carolina Marin getting the second position.

Saina, who had secured the India Open Super Series title on March 29, was guaranteed of the top spot after her closest challenger for the position, Carolina, lost in the semi-finals.

Saina thus turned into just the second Indian to be world number one after Prakash Padukone had the distinction of being the numero uno men's badminton player. Rising women’s badminton player PV Sindhu has held her ninth position.

Saina, who shuttled past former global champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16 21-14 in the summit battle at the Siri Fort Sports Complex had said, "I think the consistency with which I am playing is incredible. I reached three finals in last two months and it is not simple.”

"Title makes me hungry. Next I would like to win more titles. I want to be fit and free of injuries. This outcome will motivate me to win more titles," she said.

The London Olympic bronze-medallist has won 14 amazing global titles in her brilliant career and most recently turned into the first Indian lady to make to the finals of the prestigious All England Championships in Manchester.

In the men's category, India Open Super Series winner Kidambi Srikanth is holding the fourth spot with China's Chen Long leading the rankings chart.