Indian badminton’s Supergirl PV Sindhu has achieved her career best rankings released by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The 21-year old shuttler moved on to the fifth spot ahead of Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the latest rankings. Sindhu now has 69399 points in her kitty while Yamaguchi has 68149.
This is the first time when PV Sindhu has broken into the top five of the world rankings. She also became the second Indian woman after Saina Nehwal to break into the top 5 in the world rankings. Performance-wise, Sindhu had a memorable run last year where she became the first Indian woman to bag an elusive Silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.
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The Chennai-born shuttler continued her dream run went on to clinch her maiden Super Series title by defeating the local favorite Sun Yu in the finals of the China Open. Sindhu almost got a second Super Series title as well in the Hong Kong Open but the Indian lost a very close final to Tai Tzu Ying.
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Elated on her new achievement, Sindhu said, “When I started playing in 2016 I never thought I would break into top 5 within a year. This is quite unexpected,” she said. She added, “I want to do well and win tournaments. I want to be No. 3 by the end of the year. But to achieve that I need to work really hard. Hopefully, I will give my best,” as quoted by Scroll.in.
The ace Indian shuttler started 2017 on a positive note, she led her franchise Chennai Smashers to victory over Mumbai Rockets in the summit clash of Premier Badminton League. Sindhu has most recently won the Syed Modi International Grand Prix as well.
Other than Sindhu, Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian to feature in the top 10 of the latest BWF rankings at the ninth spot. Unfortunately, Saina had a forgettable 2016 as she had been out for the most part of the year due to the knee injury. Both Saina and Sindhu will be India’s biggest chance for the title in the upcoming All England Championships starting from 7th March in Birmingham.