Kidambi Srikanth reaches career-best world No.2 in latest BWF rankings

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKidambi Srikanth reached a career-best ranking of world No.2 after a sensational run so far this year. The latest BWF rankings were released on Thursday.Up until November 2, Srikanth’s career-high rank was world No.3 which he achieved in 2015 and then in 2017 after he beat Lee Hyun Il of Korea 21-10, 21-5 to win his maiden Denmark Open Super Series Premier.On October 22, Srikanth beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 to win the French Open Super Series .It’s official! A new career high for @srikidambi. Give it up for the new World number 2! ??? PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 2, 2017With the titles in France and Denmark, Srikanth became only the second shuttler to win back-to-back Super Series titles in a calendar year, having won the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series consecutively in June.Not just that, Srikanth became the only Indian and the fourth man to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year.Srikanth has had a brilliant year and on Thursday, he was also awarded with Rs 2 crores by the Andhra Pradesh government. Earlier, the Badminton Association of India had also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for him.On Wednesday, Srikanth was also recommended for the Padma Shri by the former Sports Minister Vijay Goel.While Srikanth is receiving all the plaudits for his winning streak, his compatriot HS Prannoy, who he beat in the semi-finals of the French Open, also reached his career-high world No.11.Photo Credit: AP Prannoy has consistently performed well on the circuit beating the likes of Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long this year, even winning the US Open against fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap.advertisementB Sai Praneeth, after a brilliant start to the year with titles in Singapore and Thailand, has been comparatively quiet and slipped down one place to world No.16.On the other hand, Sameer Verma stayed at 18th while Ajay Jayaram dropped out of the top 20, stationed at world No.22, after injuries let him down.In the women’s singles ranking, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal maintained their rank of world No.2 and world No.11 respectively.On the men’s doubles front, youngsters Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went up four places to reach a career-high world No.28 for their quarter-final showings in French Open and Korea Open.Let’s take a moment & acknowledge the monumental efforts of these two youngsters. Chirag Shetty and Satwik Sairaj have been a revelation! ??? PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 28, 2017last_img read more