Jayaram jumps to top 20 in Badminton rankings

A semifinal finish at the recent US Open Grand Prix Gold enabled Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram to rise two places to be back into top 20 in the latest badminton world rankings.

Ajay Jayaram impressed in the US Open last week.   -  M. Moorthy

A semifinal finish at the recent US Open Grand Prix Gold enabled Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram to rise two places to be back into top 20 in the latest badminton world rankings issued on Thursday.

Jayaram was placed at 20th spot with 43673 points, while B. Sai Praneeth, who improved his ranking after his maiden Canada Open win, slipped two places to 35th due to his early exit from last week’s US Open. Among other men’s singles shuttlers, Srikanth Kidambi, Sameer Verma and H. S. Prannoy remained unchanged at 11th, 38th and 29th positions respectively.

Pawar jumps 16 positions

Anand Pawar, who lost to Jayaram in the US Open quarterfinals, was the biggest gainer with a jump of 16 positions to world number 77.

In the women’s singles rankings, Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu managed to hold on to their 5th and 10th spots respectively.

Besides, Rio bound men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy remained static at 21 even after their Canada Open win, while women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa retained their 21st position.