Saina Nehwal, however, moved one place down to ninth spot.

PV Sindhu achieves career best ranking rises to World No 2
news Sports Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 17:32

Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu reached her career best world rankings, grabbing the number two position with 75759 points in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

Sindhu, who recently clinched the India Open title defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash, moved three places up to number two spot, superseding Japan's Akane Yamugachi and thus becoming the second Indian woman to break into the top-five of the world rankings.

Sindhu is a double World championship bronze medallist finishing third on consecutive occasions at Guangzhou, China in 2013 and at Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014. She is also the only Indian badminton player to win an Olympic Silver, which she accomplished last year in Rio.

Saina Nehwal, who lost in the opening round of the ongoing Malaysia Open, however, moved one place down to ninth spot with 64279 points in the rankings, which is led by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 87911 points.

Marin remained in third spot with 75664 points. 

In the men's singles rankings, Ajay Jayaram, who on Thursday defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 9-21, 21-14, 21-19 to move into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open, remained the highest ranked Indian on 20th spot. 

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