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Saina among badminton's top-3 earners

March 30, 2019 13:35 IST

Saina Nehwal

IMAGE: Saina Nehwal. Photograph: Saina Nehwal/Twitter

2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has the second highest earnings in women's singles in the first quarter of the new season.

The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semi-finalist at Malaysia Masters and quarter-finalist at the All England Championship, saw US$36,825 added to her career earnings.


Reigning All England Champion Chen Yufei (US$ 86,325) of China holds the top position in the highest earnings list in women's singles, while Chinese Taipei's World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying is in third place with earnings of US$36,100.

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, who crashed out in the opening round of the US$1,000,000 All England Championship, will hope to improve her standing with a title win at the ongoing US$350,000 India Open and grab a prize money of US$ 24,500.

In the men's singles, Kento Momota, who clinched the German Open and the All England while finished runner-up at the Indonesia Masters, tops the list after adding US$ 94,550 to his career earnings.

The next highest singles earner is Denmark's Viktor Axelsen with US$44,150.

Saina is placed fourth the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, while Axelsen leads the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, just ahead of Momota.

The top eight players and pairs at the end of the season will qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December.

Top five earners:

Women's Singles: 1.Chen Yufei US$86,325

2.Saina Nehwal US$36,825

3.Tai Tzu Ying US$36,100

4.Ratchanok Intanon US$35,050

 5.Carolina Marin US$26,600.

Men's Singles: 1.Kento Momota US$94,550

2. Viktor Axelsen US$44,150

3.Shi Yuqi US$28,575

4.Son Wan Ho US$27,250

5. Anders Antonsen US$27,250.

Men's Doubles: 1.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan US$44,850 (each)

2. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo US$28,150

3. Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik US$20,775

4. Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto US$14,850

5.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda US$12,387.

Women's Doubles: 1.Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan US$39,356

2.Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara US$23,450

3.Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota US$21,875

4.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi US$19,625

5.Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu US$12,768.

Mixed Doubles: 1.Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong US$50,825

2.Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino US$34,318

3.Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai US$13,825

4.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying US$12,450

5.Tontowi Ahmad US$10,712.


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