Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, the first Indian mixed doubles pair to reach the semi-finals of a
Super 1000 event at the Toyota Thailand Open, climbed 16 places for a career-high 19th spot, according to the rankings released on Tuesday.
In Bangkok, while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa bowed out of the second round of the Yonex Thailand Open, the Indian badminton pair showed great form to make it to the semi-finals of the Toyota Thailand Open.
In the men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty rode their fine performances in Thailand to retain the 10th spot with world champion PV Sindhu was static at seventh in women’s singles.
Sameer Verma, who put up a creditable show at the Toyota Thailand Open with wins over the eighth seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia and the world No. 12 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark, is 13th in the men’s singles. The Indian gained four places.
Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap drop places
World championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth suffered post the Asian swing of events as he slipped to 17th place.
The 28-year-old Sai Praneeth endured a challenging time in Bangkok with a first-round loss at the Yonex Thailand Open and a withdrawal from the Toyota Thailand Open after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Indian badminton players will now look forward to the Swiss Open from March 2-7, which kickstarts the Olympic qualification window.
The qualification period will conclude with the India Open in May with the ‘Road To Tokyo’ Rankings as on May 18 to determine participation for Tokyo 2020.