India’s top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have entered semi-finals of the ongoing Denmark Open in Odense. The champion shuttlers registered hard-fought victories over there respective opponents in the quarterfinals. In the ongoing season, this is the best performance for both the players as both are having an average season in 2018. The same reflects in the HSBC World Tour Rankings of the players.
Srikanth at this stage is ranked as 28th in the World Tour Rankings and Nehwal is placed at 27th position. With very few events left in the season, nothing less than lifting the trophy at the Denmark Open will push them up the ladder in the World Tour Rankings. Victory in the event can bring both the players within striking distance of qualification for the season finale.
Sameer Verma who lost the quarter-final match to Srikanth on Friday night is surprisingly the highest ranked Indian men in the HSBC World Tour Rankings at number 9. In the women rankings, PV-Sindhu is safely placed at number 5 in the list and all set to qualify for the season-ender.
On the other end, Saina will take on Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, who overcame Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjærsfeldt 20-22, 21-19, 21-13 in another quarter-final.