Saina Nehwal breaks into top-5 in rankings

Updated: 18 March 2010 09:15 IST

India's ace badminton player Saina Nehwal has gained her career-best rankings after she gained the fifth spot following her stupendous show in the All England B

Saina Nehwal breaks into top-5 in rankings

New Delhi:

India's ace badminton player Saina Nehwal has gained her career-best rankings after she gained the fifth spot following her stupendous show in the All England Badminton Championships earlier this month.

Riding on her fantastic show, the Indian gained a couple of spots in the latest list with 58516.7646 points in her kitty.

However, the rankings are widely dominated by the Chinese players as there are six shuttlers in top 10. Saina is behind four chinese players - Yihan Wang (1), Wang Lin (2), Xin Wang (3) and Jiang Yanjiao (4).

Saina had become the first Indian woman to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious All England Open. Although Saina lost in the semi-finals at Birmingham, it was something that would give her a lot of confidence for the upcoming international tournaments.

Saina, who turned 20 on Wednesday has had a good year in 2009 where she was victorious in the Indonesian Open Super Series Tournament and reached the semi-finals of the World Super Series Masters Final.

In addition, she reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships, Malaysian Open, Denmark Open, French Super Series, Swiss Open, Indian Open and Singapore Open in 2009. She won the Phillippines Open in 2006 and won the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open in 2008 as well.

In the men's rankings, Chetan Anand dropped a rung to 10th but P Kashyap gained one spot to be 29th. Arvind Bhat remained static at 36th but Anup Sridhar slipped to 40th, a loss of one position.

In the mixed doubles rankings, Jwala Gutta and V Diju's pair slipped one spot to 10th in the latest list.



Topics : Badminton
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