Srikanth moves to third spot, Prannoy achieves career-best ranking

Srikanth, who took silver in the men’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games last month, climbed a couple of spots from the fifth place.

Kidambi Srikanth has climbed to the third spot in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation.   -  AFP

Kidambi Srikanth has climbed to the third spot in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.

Srikanth, who took silver in the men’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last month, climbed a couple of spots from the fifth place.

Fellow Indian H.S. Prannoy also rose two rungs to take the eighth spot. Meanwhile, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is at the top spot followed by South Korean Son Wan Ho.

Srikanth is currently on 74,135 points while Son has 74,670. Axelsen has a sizeable lead at the top with 77,570 points.

In women's singles rankings, P.V. Sindhu continues to hold on to the third spot. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist had lost to compatriot Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.

Saina has climbed two spots to enter into the top 10. The Hyderabad—based London Olympics bronze medallist is currently at the 10th position with 55,890 points.

Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei leads the wommen’s singles standings while Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is at the second spot.