Kidambi Srikanth’s tenure as the world no. 1 lasts for just one week, as the ace shuttler slipped four places in the latest BWF rankings to stand at the number 5 position. Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen who was dethrone from the number one spot, regained his position and was followed by Son Won Ho(Korea), Chen Long(China) and Shi Yuqi(China).
Srikanth who lost to the legendary Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in men’s singles gold medal match at Gold Coast CWG, is the first Indian male badminton player (since computerised ranking was introduced) to reach the peak ranking last Thursday.
BWF ranking system considers the best 10 tournaments of the players over the past 52 weeks, Srikanth lost the points he had earned on his way to the final of the Singapore Superseries 2017, where he lost to compatriot Sai Praneeth, who also lost the points he earned by winning the title, and slipped four spots to 19th.
Srikanth won a silver medal at Gold Coast CWG, and despite the commendable performance he didn’t gain any ranking point because Commonwealth Games do not count towards the total.
HS Prannoy who lost the bronze medal match to Rajiv Ouseph of England at Gold Coast CWG, climbed one spot from 11th to re-enter the top 10.
In women’s singles, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal consolidated their position at 3 and 12 respectively. Akane Yamaguchi of Japan toppled Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipie to be crowned as the new world number 1.
In men’s doubles, the young and dynamic pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty climbed three places to 18, on the other hand, Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri climbed two places to 32.
In women’s doubles, the pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy climbed one spot to be ranked 25th in the world.
In mixed doubles, the pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Chopra rised three places to 22, whereas, Ashwini Ponappa and Satwiksairaj climbed one spot to reach 55th spot.