India's badminton queen PV Sindhu has once again regained her world no 2 status in the latest Badminton World Federation Rankings released on Thursday.
PV Sindhu, who is currently competing at the French Open in Paris, jumped one spot to stay one spot behind Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who continues to dominate the rankings.
The Olympic and two-time world championship silver medallist had achieved the world no 2 ranking for a week for the first time in April last year, but failed to hold onto it. She regained the position for almost two months between September to November. She slipped to world no 3 after that and held that spot for the most part of 2018.
Saina Nehwal, who won silver at the Denmark Open last week, was rewarded for her stupendous show as she too climbed one position to reach the number nine slot. In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth remained static at world no 6, while Sameer Verma jumped five spots to be in 18th position. HS Prannoy, who skipped the events in Denmark and France, slipped two places to be at 17th.
B Sai Praneeth is at 26th place while Sourabh Verma jumped two places to reach the 48th spot. Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty slipped one place to be 25th while women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy improved three spots to be 24th. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki were static at the 21st place.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, there was a lot of hype surrounding the auction of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) and it sure did live up to its expectation. In what comes as no surprise PV Sindu, Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin were the top buys of the night, fetching the maximum bidding price of Rs 80 lakh on Monday.
Considering the league will be a nine-team affair with the addition of a new franchise Pune Seven Aces, the organizers decided to hold a fresh auction where teams would need to build from scratch. This meant the players returned to the auction pool for the first time since 2015 and with no right to match card at the team's disposal.