Kidambi Srikanth cruises to number 1 spot in BWF Rankings

India’s Srikanth Kidambi becomes first male shuttler from the country to become World No. 1

In men's singles clash, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth took the final step to the summit of the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) rankings as he also made it to the last-eight after outplaying Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka in straight games.

This makes Srikanth first Indian male and only the secon India player after Saina Nehwal to reach the number one spot in world rankings.

Denmark's Viktor lost 1,600 points as he was not able to defend his Malaysian Open title and hence lost the first rank as per the latest BWF rankings.

Viktor Axelsen, who was world No.1 till now, had 77130 points.

Interestingly, Srikanth's feat comes exactly three years after Saina Nehwal became the World No. 1. The tournament was held from April 4-9 past year but has now been moved to June 26 to July 1 because of Commonwealth Games. The Andhra Pradesh shuttler had achieved the World No. 2 ranking in November after winning four Super Series titles - Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France past year.

Speaking on his achievement, coach Pullela Gopichand told reporters in Australia, "This is a huge achievement for Srikanth as well as for Indian badminton". This will help Srikanth become more relaxed.

In other news, HS Prannoy climbed up one rung to be ranked World No. 11 after a good showing at the All England Open.

The 25-year-old badminton player is in superb form this year as well and has been playing a crucial role in India's purple patch at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2018. "It will help him focus more on winning tournaments", said Gopichand, who was the last Indian to win the All England Open in 2001.



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