Ace shuttler PV Sindhu rises to Career best world number 5 ranking in her badminton career. Olympic silver medalist become the second Indian women to break into the top 5 of Badminton World Federation BWF world ranking which is headed by Tai Tzu Ying of the Chinese Taipei. Recently she won her Maiden super series title at China open. This is for the first time that Sindhu has broken into the top five. While, Spain’s Carolina Marin remains the only non-Asian in the top 10 spots of the BWF women’s rankings.
She started 2016 at No.12 and improved for six places to finish the year at No.6. Previously she was on the sixth position surged ahead of Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, to attain her career best ranking. Last month PV sindhu clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title and achieved a career best ranking of world No.5 and currently best player and placed at the top in Indian charts. She brushed aside Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska in this clash, while Sameer Verma defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth.
The 21 year old girl from Hyderabad has 69399 points in her kitty. she overtook Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi with 68149 to go fifth, as per the latest rankings released on Wednesday while London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian woman at ninth position in the list of top 10 players. Saina had an unforgettable year in 2016 as she had been out for most of the year due to a knee injury. Sindhu career in contrast had probably is at its best last year when she clinched the silver medal at Rio Olympics and become India’s first woman to win Olympic silver medal and the second Indian after saina to win a badminton Olympic medal.
Sindhu was in a hope to reach at third number in the list by the end of the year. She said , “I want to do well and win tournaments. I want to be on third number by the end of the year and to achieve that I really need to work hard. Hopefully, I will give my best.” But after all these statement she started 2017 by winning the Premier Badminton League title and the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.
She said ,” I am really very happy to achieve a career high rank of No.5. When I started playing in last year I never thought I would break into top 5 within a year. This is really unexpected for me,” She delightfully said but No. 1 rank would always be her career goal.
She also won maiden Super Series title by winning the China Open her first ever Super Series triumph and then reached in the finals at Hong Kong Super Series to qualify for the prestigious BWF World Super Series Final in Dubai. Ajay Jayaram is the best placed Indian at world No. 18 in men’s singles while K Srikanth and HS Prannoy are at position 21 and 23 spots respectively. Also the duo of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra is at the 14th spot and Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy is ranked at the 24th place.