London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has the second highest earnings among women’s singles in the first quarter of the new season. The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semi-finalist at Malaysia Masters and quarter-finalist at All England Championship, has added $36,825 to her career earnings.
Reigning All England Champion Chen Yufei China holds the top position in the highest earnings list in women’s singles, while Chinese Taipei’s world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying is in third place with an earnings of $36,100.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, who crashed out in the opening round of the $1,000,000 All England Championship, will hope to improve her standing with a title win at the ongoing $350,000 India Open with a prize money of $24,500. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games finalists as of now does not even figure in the top five list.
In men’s singles, Kento Momota, who cliched the German Open and the All England while finished runner-up at the Indonesia Masters, tops the list after adding $94,550 to his career earnings.
The next highest singles earner is Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen with $ 44,150.
Saina is placed fourth the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, while Axelsen leads the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, just ahead of Momota.
The top eight players and pairs at the end of the season will qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December.
Top five earners:
Women’s Singles: 1.Chen Yufei $86,325; 2. Saina Nehwal $36,825; 3. Tai Tzu Ying $36,100; 4. Ratchanok Intanon $35,050’ and 5. Carolina Marin $26,600.
Men’s Singles: 1.Kento Momota $94,550; 2. Viktor Axelsen $44,150; 3. Shi Yuqi $28,575; 4.Son Wan Ho $27,250; and 5.Anders Antonsen $27,250.
Men’s Doubles: 1.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan $44,850 (each), 2.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo $28,150, 3.Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik $20,775, 4.Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto $14,850, 5.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda $12,387.
Women’s Doubles: 1. Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan $39,356; 2. Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara $23,450; 3. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota $21,875; 4. Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi $19,625; and 5 .Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu $12,768.
Mixed Doubles: 1. Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong $50,825; 2. Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino $34,318; 3. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai $13,825; 4. Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying $12,450; and 5.Tontowi Ahmad $10,712.