HS Prannoy Reclaims World No. 8 Spot In BWF Rankings
HS Prannoy showed his memorable performances this year, like Thomas Cup, 7 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals and a runner-up finish at the Swiss Open. He regained the 8th rank again.
The top Indian shuttler, HS Prannoy, moved back up to eighth place in the most recent BWF global rankings, which were released on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old athlete, who has been in excellent shape this year, debuted at number eight in 2018, but fell to number 34 in 2019.
The Thomas Cup victory, seven quarterfinals, two semifinals, and a runner-up victory at the Swiss Open were among the season’s standout achievements, and they helped him emerge like a phoenix in 2022.
Although he was unable to capture an individual championship, he was essential to India’s historic Thomas Cup victory in Bangkok.
He was nominated for the BWF Player of the Year award and qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals, which concluded the season.
Lakshya Sen, among others, held steady as global No. 7, and Kidambi Srikanth dropped one spot to No. 12.
Due to inactivity after winning the women’s singles title at the Commonwealth Games, double Olympic medalist P V Sindhu dropped to world number seven, while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty maintained their position at five.
MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, a rapidly developing duo, moved up three spots to world number 21, while Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, a women’s doubles team that had won a bronze medal at the Birmingham CWG, moved up one spot to world number 17.
Ishaan Bhatnagar & Tanisha Crasto moved up two spots to finish in 18th place in the mixed doubles division.
What Is BWF Rankings?
The badminton world rankings are based on a player’s total number of points gained over the previous 52 weeks and are the best way to gauge the caliber of top-level competitors.
Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles are the five primary categories in the BWF World Rankings.
Playing in higher-graded tournaments (Grade 1 awards more points than a Grade 2 event) also assists in earning more points.
Players/pairs who progress in a competition gain more points as per level achieved.
This does not imply that players or pairs who participate in the most tournaments, even though they will inevitably accrue more points, will be rated higher.