Indian badminton in past few years has grown leaps and bounds, the country has produced one of the finest lot of badminton players. In the recently concluded US open Grand Prix Gold tournament, it was an all-Indian final for the third time in various events this year.
HS Prannoy defeated Parupalli Kahyap in the finals of the US Open. The summit clash brought home not only India’s third Grand Prix Gold title of the year, but also two most talented countrymen made their comebacks with stellar performances in the tournament.
Courtesy to his win at the Grand Prix event, Prannoy has climbed up 6 spot to the 17th position in the BWF world rankings released on Friday. Kashyap also earned a 12 place jump from 59th position to feature on 47th rank in the list of best 50.
Kidambi Srikanth won the Australia Open Super Series and the Indonesia Open Super Series titles in 2017; the best ranked India is placed at the 8th position in the top 50 shutters list.
A total of 7 Indian shuttlers are in the top 50list of men’s singles category, which puts India ahead of Badminton giants like China, Denmark and Indonesia.
B Sai Praneeth (19th), Sameer Verma (28th), Ajay Jayaram (16th) and Saurabh Verma (37th) are other Indians to have claimed a spot in the elite list. It has been a phenomenal season for India men shuttlers who have maintained fluent consistency throughout the season and earned a spotlight amongst the best of the world.
Meanwhile PV Sindhu has maintained her 5th spot while Saina Nehwal has slipped a place to the 16th rank in the Top 50 of Women’s singles category. The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki are the only Indian doubles duo to grab a spot in the top 50 rankings of mixed doubles category.