Saina Nehwal is world No. 2
Olympic bronze – medallist Saina Nehwal attained a new high as she climbed to a career – best second in the latest Badminton World Federation ( BWF ) rankings released on Thursday.
Saina gained a rung to be second with 80091.7444 points. The 22 – year – old Indian is a distant second to top – placed Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China who has 94626.7153 points.
In the men’s list, Olympic quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap also headed northwards as he reached a career – high 10th.
Kashyap, who was 11th in the previous rankings, has 51986.6900 points and is the only Indian in the top – 25 of the BWF list.
On a day she regained her world No.2 status, the India ace Nehwal produced a dominant performance to cruise into the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open Super Series with a straight-game victory over Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip here Thursday.
The 22 – year – old, who was given the top billing in the tournament, didn’t break a sweat as she brushed aside Pui Yin Yip 21 – 12 21 – 9 in a lop-sided women’s singles match that lasted only half an hour.
The Indian will now take on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarterfinals at the National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur. Saina has not yet played the world No. 33 Japanese shuttler who beat Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri 21 – 13, 21 – 13.
There was disappointment in store for Kashyap who went down fighting to sixth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 17 – 21, 14 – 21 in the second round of the men’s singles event. Kashyap struggled with his right leg against Jorgensen, having suffered a muscle pull on Wednesday in the first round.
Saina, who had reached her career best world No. 2 in December 2010 for the first time, was lagging behind initially but she rode on her 12 smash winners to tame Pui Yin Yip, who played well at the nets.
First became World No. 2: December 2010
Looking back at 2012 :
March 18th : Defended her Swiss Open title by defeating World No. 2 Wang Shixian ( Chn ).
June 17th : Beat World No.3 Li Xuerui ( Chi ) to win the Indonesia Super Series.
August 4th : Won bronze medal at the London Olympics.
October 21st : Beat Wang Yihan to win the Denmark Open Super Series Premier.
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