India's racquet queen slips down to No.2

Published on April 09, 2015 21:41:34 PM
As reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui re-took the top spot, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal dropped to World No.2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings on Thursday.

First Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics, Saina had become the first Indian woman to reach number one last week after finishing runner-up to reigning World Champion Carolina Marin at All England and winning the India Open in March. She skipped the ongoing Singapore Open to give herself a break.

Meanwhile, P V Sindhu, who has not been playing for some time due to an injury, managed to retain her No. 9 ranking.

In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth has also maintained his No.4 followed by compatriot H.S. Prannoy at No.14. Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap rose two places to No.15.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medalists also gained 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.