Kidambi Srikanth’s poor run over the past one year has resulted in his elimination from the top eight in the Badminton World Federation men’s singles rankings.
In the latest BWF rankings, issued on Tuesday, the Ace Indian shuttler Srikanth has been pushed to the No. 9 position by Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie. This will be the first occasion in the past five years that there is no Indian among the top eight men in the BWF rankings charts.
For a while HS Prannoy had shared a place in the top 8 list with Srikanth, who has had his best No. 1 ranking in April 2018 following a brilliant run of form across 2017.
Srikanth has had his best run of form during 2017, when the Guntur boy had equalled the world record of winning four BWF Super Series titles in a season. Only former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Chen Long had accomplished the feat. Srikanth had capped the brilliant 2017 season with the Indonesia Open Super Series, Australian Super Series, Denmark Open Super Series and French Super Series titles.
The brilliant run of form has also seen Srikanth winning the Gold Coast Commonwealth mixed doubles gold and men’s singles silver.
However, after a long run of poor form his best has come during the India Open 2019 at home when he reached the final, only go down to Viktor Axelsen.
Now PV Sindhu, placed fifth in women’s singles rankings table, remains the lone Indian in the top 8 chart of BWF Rankings across all categories. Among men’s singles three more Indians – Sameer Verma (13), B Sai Praneeth (20) and Prannoy (23rd) – are placed in the top 25, while Saina Nehwal is in the 9th position in latest BWF women’s singles rankings.