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Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth rises to No.2 in BWF rankings

Kidambi's hard work has paid off which has allowed the shuttler to reach a stage which sets the 24-year old in comparison to the likes of Prakash Padukone.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: November 02, 2017 19:20 IST ]
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Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth's recent success has bagged him a career-best ranking of claiming the second spot in the latest BWF men's singles rankings. The 24-year old's prolific form this year has earned the shuttler the right to be ranked in the second spot in the BWF ratings after Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. Kidambi claimed an Indian record of four superseries titles which helped the shuttler reach 73,403 points which is the best ever set by an Indian badminton player. 

Back to back wins of the Denmark and French superseries opens, Kidambi's hard work has paid off which has allowed the shuttler to reach a stage which sets the 24-year old in comparison to the likes of Prakash Padukone. 

PV Sindhu remains at No.2 while Saina Nehwal in 11th spot. 

In the rankings as well, HS Prannoy has moved up to the 11th spot in the rankings with 53,285 points, one short of making it to the top-ten while Sai Praneeth B has dropped to the 16th position. Denmark's Viktor Axelsen claims the throne with 77,930 points but it was Kidambi who added a pause to his winnings as the Indian shuttler eliminated the No.1 player in the Denmark Open quarter-finals. Kidambi could have made it five but he lost to B Sai Praneeth in the Singapore Open Superseries to finish runners-up. It was the first instance where two Indian shuttlers reached a superseries finals.

Srikanth also managed to reach the quarter-finals of the World Badminton Championships. 

"My aim was to play well and do the best, play my 100 percent. I am really happy with the way I played in the last couple of days. There were good tournaments for me and there were quite a few tough matches and I am really happy with the way I played and pulled those matches. In future, I have three more tournaments and I am planning to do well there too," said Kidambi earlier on after the French Open.

Srikanth has been in the form of his life. He has clinched the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series earlier this year.

(With PTI Inputs)

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