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Sindhu breaks into world top 20

Source: PTI
September 20, 2012 18:41 IST
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Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has broken into the world's top 20 in the latest badminton rankings following her giant-killing exploits at last week's China Masters.

The 17-year-old Indian, who stunned the world by beating London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals of at China, surged four places to No 20 in the BWF rankings, announced on Thursday.

However, the good news came when she lost her pre-quarter-final match at the Tokyo Open to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae of Korea 21-10, 12-21, 18-21.

London Olympics bronze medallist and India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal retained fourth place in the rankings list. The 22-year-old from Hyderabad is currently resting and did not play in the China Masters and Japan Open.

In the men's singles, Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap slipped a rung down to 20th, while Ajay Jayaram jumped six places to 23rd place, following a semi-final finish at the China Masters.

Senior National champion Sourabh Verma also zoomed eight places to No 31, while RMV Gurusaidutt was placed 46th after improving nine places.

In women's doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta, who has decided to take a six-month sabbatical from badminton, remained steady at No 22, while Jwala and V Diju, who tied the knot with Dr Soumya on September 17, dropped two places to 14 in mixed doubles.

Ashwini, who is now concentrating on her mixed doubles career, moved to No 56 along with partner Tarun Kona, jumping 22 places.

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