Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings

Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings

Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal moved up one spot to the sixth.

Srikanth is lying 16th while Kashyap is 21st in the rankings. Srikanth started the week at 23rd spot and was rewarded for his quarter-final appearance at the Denmark Open.

Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, who defeated World No.3 Jan O Jorgensen on his way to his entry into the semi-final of the tournament in Odense, started the week at 28th place.

Saina also made the quarters of the Denmark Open, which has helped her gain one place as rising P.V. Sindhu remained at 10th position. P.C. Thulasi was the next best-placed Indian women singles player at 41st.

In women's doubles, 2011 World Championships bronze medal-winning pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped two places to 22nd.

Among other men's singles players, Sourabh Verma gained one place to be 36th while H.S. Prannoy dropped a place to be 32nd. B. Sai Praneeth (43rd) and R.M.V. Gurusaidutt (44th) have also found their places among the top 50 shuttlers. The rankings continue to be topped by Malaysian Lee Chong Wei.

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