Shuttler Sindhu rises to second spot in BWF rankings


The Rio Olympic silver medallist was awarded 9200 points because of her India Open success which has pushed her total points to 75759 after making the necessary adjustments for the 52-week points system.

The Rio Olympic silver medalist, Sindhu recently won India Open title with her stellar performance as she defeated arch-rival Carolina Marine in straight sets (21-19 21-16).

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This was also Sindhu' second Superseries title after the China Open previous year while she also reached the finals at Hong Kong Super Series to qualify for BWF World Super Series Final in Dubai. The Indian combine lost to Chinese Taipei's Liao Kuan Hao and Lu Chia Pin 21-18, 18-21, 17-21.

Sameer was the only Indian men's singles player to make it to the quarter-finals.

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Earlier, Ajay Jayaram advanced to the second round after recording a comfortable 21-11, 21-8 win over China's Qiao Bin. He is the only Indian in fray at the Malaysia Open after defeating fourth seed Viktor Axelsen of England 9-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the second round on Thursday. Jayaram, however, has lost one spot and has dropped from world No 19 to 20th this week.

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