Saina Nehwal Is Country’s Leading Women’s Singles Shuttler

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Just three months after a knee surgery, badminton ace Saina Nehwal started every campaign in style, proving what it is to be an experienced player.

London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina on Thursday won over her earlier No. 1 spot as the Indian female singles shuttler. Additionally, her neck-to-neck competition, hard push and the consistent results in Hong Kong Open and Macau Open, made the former world No. 1 clinch the No. 9 slot in the latest BWF rankings.

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Earlier, Saina had lost her position, and her latest world ranking was number 11 while PV Sindhu had climbed up to number 9 after her victory in the China Open. She later got the No.10 position post reaching the quarter-finals in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, PV Sindhu has slipped to the No. 10 spot from her career best No. 7 slot which she had achieved after the China Open win and subsequent runners-up at the Hong Kong Open. The 21-year-old, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will be on court at the Dubai World Superseries Finals next week.

Among others, the India No. 3 Ruthvika Shivani Gadde holds the 49th position, while 18-year-old Shreyanshi Pardeshi made it to the India International final last week, jumped 176 places to grab the 234th spot.

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Interestingly, top 8 players in the world can contest in the prestigious year-ending BWF Super Series Masters Finals.

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