Saina drops to 3rd in world rankings
Indian ace Saina Nehwal was on Thursday displaced from the top spot in badminton world rankings, slipping to third in the latest women’s singles list.
Saina, the first Indian woman badminton player to be world number one, dropped two spots and is placed below Spaniard Carolina Marin (80752), who rose a rung courtesy her Australian Open title triumph.
The Indian has 79192 points in her kitty.
Olympic champion Li Xuerui claimed the top spot, going up a place with 85217 points.
In men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth was the highest-placed Indian, climbing a position to third with
He is placed ahead of Chinese star Lin Dan, who has slipped a couple of positions.
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is the next best Indian at 12th, followed by H S Prannoy at 13th.
In the women’s doubles list, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went up a place to be ranked 17th.
Saina and Kashyap in quarters; Srikanth out of Indonesian open
Saina Nehwal breezed past Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Ya Ching while Parupalli Kashyap stunned World No.5 Son Wan Ho in straight games to make it to the <g data-gr-id="38">quarterfinals</g> of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament here on Thursday. Saina, who slipped to world number 3 on Thursday, thrashed Ching 21-13 21-15 in a 36-minute contest to set up a clash with old foe Shixian Wang in the women’s singles quarters. Kashyap, meanwhile, upstaged Ho 21-11 21-14 in just 36 minutes and will face top seed Chen Long in the men’s singles quarterfinal.