Battling an inconsistent form, double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu on Tuesday slipped five places to world number 17 in the latest BWF world rankings.
Since returning from a five-month-long injury layoff, Sindhu has struggled to string together a series of wins in a week, resulting in a title-less streak this season.
A former world number 2 Sindhu, who suffered a stress fracture on her ankle during her title-winning run at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, currently has 49,480 points from 14 tournaments.
This is her lowest ranking in over a decade. The last time she was ranked 17th was in January 2013. She has been inside the top 10 since 2016, having reached a career-best world number 2 in April 2016.
Sindhu will hope she finds her footing quickly in the Olympic qualification period, which ends in April next year, especially after getting the services of Indonesian coach Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, a former All England champion.
The 2019 World Champion, Sindhu, had reached the final of the Madrid Spain Masters, her best finish this season. She registered a semifinal finish at Malaysia Masters and Canada Open but made a quarterfinal exit in the next event at the US Open. She is now in Korea for a super 500 tournament.
HS Prannoy also slipped a place to world number 10, while Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth were static at the 12th and 20th spots, respectively.
Saina Nehwal slumped five places to world number 36.
Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty remain India’s best-placed shuttlers at world number 3.
Among others, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand lost a spot, to be at the 19th position in women’s doubles, while there was no Indian in the top 25 in mixed doubles.
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