Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has climbed to the number two spot in the world-ranking, according to a list released by Badminton World Federation on Thursday.The Rio Olympic silver medalist got her career best ranking following her victory in India Open Super Series. She recently defeated arch rival and world no.1 Carolina Marin in straight sets (21-19 21-16) at the India Open.
Notedly, this was Sindhu’s first title at home after she was handed down a defeat in the Rio 2016 Olympics final at the hands of Marin. This is Sindhu’s second Superseries title after the China Open last year while she also made into the finals at Hong Kong Super Series where she was defeated by Tai Tzu Ying.
She has become the second Indian woman to scale this feat other being Saina Nehwal who has made it to the summit. A victory at the Malaysian Open would have taken the Hyderabad player to top position but unfortunately she was ousted in the first round. Despite, Sindhu climbing three steps to be no.2, China’s Tai Tzu Ying and Spain’s Carolina Marin have retained their No. 1 and No. 3 rankings respectively.
Saina Nehwal, who was beaten by Sindhu in the quarterfinal of the India Open Superseries, slipped to no. 9 in the world ranking.