Prannoy regains world no. 12, Satwik-Chirag breaks top 20

After recovering from foot warts, Prannoy produced some sensational badminton to reach his maiden quarterfinals of the All England Championship.

H.S. Prannoy produced some sensational badminton to reach his maiden quarterfinals of the All England Championship. (File Photo)   -  B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

H.S. Prannoy’s good run, at the All England Championship, saw him jump four places, and regain his world no. 12 spot, while men’s doubles combo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty broke into the top 20, in the latest BWF ranking, on Thursday.

After recovering from foot warts, Prannoy produced some sensational badminton to reach his maiden quarterfinals of the All England Championship, while Satwik and Chirag were on the cusp of entering the last eight, before a few service errors saw them lose to London Olympics silver-medallist pair of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

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Their pre-quarterfinal finish, at Birmingham, helped Satwik and Chirag improve a place. Meanwhile, top shuttler Kidambi Srikanth (ranked 2nd) narrowed his gap with world no. 1, Viktor Axelsen, after a pre-quarterfinal finish at Birmingham. The Danish star had pulled out of All England due to an injury.

P.V. Sindhu, who reached the semifinals at Birmingham, and Saina Nehwal, who lost in opening round, were also static at the third and 12th spot, respectively.

However, a first-round exit, at All England, cost Sai Praneeth dearly, as he slipped to the 15th spot. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy too improved to 24th place.

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