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Ashwini Ponnappa-Tanisha Crasto climb four spots to enter top 30 in women's doubles BWF rankings

Published at :December 5, 2023 at 11:52 PM
Modified at :December 14, 2023 at 10:24 AM
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Ajay Gandhar

The duo finished as runners-up at the Syed Modi International tournament.

Indian women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto have made a remarkable rise in the latest BWF rankings, reaching the top 30 for the first time in their career. The duo, who had a stellar run at the Syed Modi International 2023, jumped four places to No. 28 with 41,769 points in the latest rankings out on Tuesday (December 5).

Ponnappa and Crasto, who teamed up in January 2023, have shown great chemistry and consistency on the court, winning two titles and reaching three finals this year. Their most impressive performance came at the Syed Modi International, where they reached the final, before going down to the Japanese pair of Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi in a five-set thriller.

The Indian pair, who have a 17-12 win-loss record since 24 January 2023, have also closed the gap between them and the No. 1 ranked Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who are currently ranked No. 19 with 49,435 points. Jolly and Gopichand have had a mixed year, winning two titles but also suffering early exits in several tournaments.

In other rankings, the Chinese pair of Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan continue to dominate the women’s doubles ranking with a massive 113,104 points, followed by the Korean pairs of Baek Ha Na-Lee So Hee and Kim So Yeong-Kong Hee Yong, and the Japanese pairs of Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota and Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida.

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Among other Indians, the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty held on to their ranking of No. 2 in men’s doubles, behind the Chinese pair of Liang Weikeng and Wang Chang. HS Prannoy remains the highest-ranked player in men’s singles at No. 8, while PV Sindhu leads the Indians in women’s singles at No. 12.

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