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Badminton rankings: Sindhu in top three, Praneeth achieves career-best 22

April 20, 2017 18:53 IST

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: PV Sindhu is back in the top 3 of the BWF Rankings after climbing 2 rungs. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Olympic medallist PV Sindhu climbed up two places to go to the third spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

Sindhu's surge in rankings came after she made a quarter-final finish at the Singapore Open Superseries, where she went down 11-21, 15-21 at the hands of World No.3 and long-time arch-rival Carolina Marin of Spain.

Earlier this month, Sindhu had attained her career-best world number two ranking after clinching her maiden India Open Super Series title.

But she dropped to World No 5 following a first round exit at the Malaysian Open.

India's B Sai Praneeth moved up the rankings after winning the Singapore Open on Sunday

IMAGE: India's B Sai Praneeth moved up the rankings after winning the Singapore Open on Sunday. Photograph: B Sai Praneeth

Meanwhile, her counterpart Saina Nehwal, who is still struggling to find her feet after a knee injury post the Rio Olympics, has moved up one place to the eighth spot despite not playing the Singapore Open.

In the men's singles rankings, B Sai Praneeth jumped eight rungs to achieve his career-best ranking of 22 after clinching Singapore Open title following a straight games win over Kidambi Srikanth on the weekend.

While Ajay Jayaram stands at the 13th spot having climbed one place, Srikanth moved eight places to rank 21st in the world.

The women's singles chart is led by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 93721 points, while Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is leading the men's singles chart with 81703 points.