2017 has been a happening year for Indian badminton. More players have stepped up to hold India as a strong badminton power. Likes of Srikanth and Sindhu have done so well in the Super series this year, inspiring the other young talents. Players like Ruthvika Shivani, Lakshya Sen have made us proud with their performance. Here is the list of top 5 badminton players from India in 2017.
5. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Top 5 badminton players from India
Satwik was India’s breakthrough player in doubles this year. He alongside Chirag Shetty reached the quarter finals of French open. They lost to World number one pair of Matthias Boe/Carsten Mogensen in a three game thriller by 5-21, 21-17, 17-21. The quick smash of Satwik demolished the defense of Danes. Earlier in Syed Modi grand prix the Indian pair again lost to the same Danish pair but again showed great fight in a game lasting three sets. The 17 years old also played a crucial part for India in Sudirman cup alongside Ashwini Ponappa. The pace he generates in his smashes are way too impressive. Considering he is just 17 now and constant improvement may put him in the list of top doubles specialist in the world. He clinched 2017 Vietnam International alongside Chirag Shetty by defeating Indonesian pair of Trawut Potieng/Nanthakarn Yordphaisong by 17–21, 21–9, 21–15.
2017 was a breakthrough year for Sai. He won the Singapore Open Super Series after beating his compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in rubber games,hence becoming the fourth Indian to win a superseries title after Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi and P.V.Sindhu.
He made the best use of his form and also won Thailand Open grand prix by defeating Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. The three set thriller went in Indian’s favour by 7-21, 21-18, 21-19. The Hyderabad born shuttler also finished as a runner up in Syed Modi grand prix in Lucknow. He lost to Sameer Verma by 19-21, 16-21.
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