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Shuttler Srikanth climbs to 3rd spot in world rankings

Srikanth, who took silver in the men’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month, climbed a couple of spots from the fifth place.

Fellow Indian HS Prannoy also rose two rungs to take the eighth spot.

In the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championships, Kidambi Srikanth was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Lee Chong Wei in straight sets. His compatriot Prannoy went one step further by reaching the last 4 before losing to eventual runner-up Chen Long.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is at the top spot followed by South Korean Son Wan Ho.

Axelsen continued his fantastic run at the top by winning the 2018 European Badminton Championships with ease. He defeated England’s Rajiv Ousef convincingly 21-8, 21-7 to win the European crown.

Srikanth is currently on 74,135 points while Son has 74,670. Axelsen has a sizeable lead at the top with 77,570 points.

In the women singles section, Indian star PV Sindhu continues to hold on to the third spot.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist had lost to compatriot Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.

Saina has climbed two spots to enter the top 10. The Hyderabad-based London Olympics bronze medallist is currently at the 10th position with 55,890 points.

Sindhu held on to the third spot despite losing in the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships in April. She lost to China’s Chen Xioaxin in straight games.

Saina had a better run in the tournament reaching the last 4 before losing to eventual champion Tai Tzu-Ying. 

Following the victory, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei continues to lead in the women’s singles standings while Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is at the second spot.

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