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Satwik-Chirag reclaims world no 1 position in latest BWF rankings

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 5:26 PM
Modified at :May 21, 2024 at 8:22 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

The Indian duo won their second Thailand Open title defeating Chinese pair last week.

India’s Satwik-Chirag have returned to the summit of the Badminton World Federation’s men’s doubles rankings after a searing performance at the Thailand Open Super 500 event in Bangkok last week.

The Indian pair defeated China’s Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15 in the final to secure their ninth BWF World Tour crown together at the Thailand Open. This was also the duo’s second Thailand Open title, having previously won the tournament in 2019.

With the title win at the BWF Super 500 tournament, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have accumulated 99,670 ranking points, leapfrogging China’s Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang (99,618 points) for the top position in the latest BWF rankings released on Tuesday.

Satwik and Chirag first ascended to the pinnacle of the world rankings on October 10 last year, following their historic Asian Games gold medal victory in Hangzhou, China.

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The 23-year-old, Rankireddy, from Amalapuram, and his 26-year-old Mumbai partner, Chirag Shetty have been in scorching form this year, having also won the French Open Super 750 in March and finishing as runners-up at the Indian Open and Malaysia Open.

Among other Indians, the women’s doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa jumped two spots to world number #19 after reaching the Thailand Open semifinals.

In men’s singles, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam achieved a career-high ranking of 71st, courtesy of his impressive quarter-final run in Bangkok where he upset higher-ranked opponents like HS Prannoy.

HS Prannoy who was defeated by Meiraba, remains the highest-ranked Indian men’s singles player, holding onto the ninth spot.

Another men’s singles player Lakshya Sen, who missed the Thailand Open due to injury, slipped three places to 14th in the latest release.

In women’s singles, PV Sindhu has slipped one place to 15th and is currently competing at the Malaysia Masters.

Meanwhile, the women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand are currently ranked 29th.

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