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Sindhu breaks into world top 20 rankings

Sindhu breaks into world top 20 rankings
Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu on Thursday, broke into the world top 20 in the latest badminton ranking following her “giant killing” exploits at last week’s China Masters tournament.

The 17-year-old Indian, who stunned the world after beating London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui in the quarterfinals of the China Masters, surged four places to achieve the 20th place in the BWF ranking announced on Thursday.

However, for Sindhu, the good news came on a day when she lost her pre-quarterfinal match to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae of Korea 21-10 12-21 18-21 in Japan Open in Tokyo.

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

In men’s singles, Olympic quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap slipped one rung down to be placed at the 20th spot, while Ajay Jayaram jumped six places to 23rd place.


Indian challenge ended at the Japan Super Series following the defeats of shuttlers P V Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram in the women’s and men’s singles pre-quarterfinals, respectively in Tokyo.

Sindhu, who broke into the top 20 ranking, suffered a 21-10 12-21 18-21 loss to fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae. Jayaram also lost to Feng Chong of Malaysia.
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