Riding on a spirited semifinal finish at the Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap regained his place in the top 10, in the latest BWF’s world ranking, released recently.
A former World No. 6, Kashyap, who became the first Indian in 14 years to beat a reigning world number one player, when he eked out a hard-fought 14-21 21-17 21-14 win over Chen Long of China last week, rose two places to grab the 10th spot in men’s singles ranking.
Compatriot K Srikanth continued to be the best-placed Indian male shuttler at the third position, while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, too, improved a place to reach the second spot in women’s singles ranking. Two-time bronze medallist at the World Championship, P V Sindhu remained static at 14th owing to her lose to Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei, in the first round of the Indonesia Open.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, also surged ahead to reach the 15th spot in the women’s doubles category, after improving two places. No Indian men’s or mixed doubles pairs were in the top 25 ranking.