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Lakshya Sen Hits World’s Top 10; Treesa-Gayatri Achieves Best Career Position In Doubles


Lakshya Sen broke into the top 10 of the BWF standings.© AFP

Indian badminton star Lakshya Sen’s silver medal win at the All England Badminton Championships helped her hit the top 10 of the latest BWF World Rankings on Tuesday. The 20 -year -old from Uttarakhand, who is only the fifth Indian to ever advance to the top clash of the All England Championships, climbed two rungs to become world number 9 with 74,786 points, overtaking world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.

Sen has suffered a heartbreaking straight game defeat to the Olympic champion and No. 1 player. 1 world Viktor Axelsen of Denmark on Sunday.

The former world number one Indian teenager became the country’s highest ranked men’s singles player, beating Kidambi Srikanth, who slipped to 12th this week.

Sen has withdrawn from the ongoing Swiss Open due to fatigue after advancing to the finals of the German Open and All England in the past two weeks.

Women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also jumped 12 rungs to reach the world number 34 of their career best, riding on their inaugural semi -final finish at the All England Championships.

The two, who were promoted to the main draw from the reserve list in Birmingham, surprised second-seeded Koreans Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan in the quarter-finals.

Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy remain India’s best -ranked women’s doubles pair at world number 20, despite losing places.

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Olympic double medalist PV Sindhu remained at number 7 in the world, while Saina climbed two places to 23rd, following a second-round defeat in All England.

Commonwealth Games silver medalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who clinched the men’s doubles title at the Indian Open in January, jumped to seventh place.

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