Place chart

Lakshya Sen reaches career-high 13th place; The Satwiksairaj-Chirag pair is also rising

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and former world number one Kidambi Srikanth remained static in seventh and 10th places, respectively, although Satwiksairaj and Chirag moved up two places.

Lakshya Sen surprised world champion Loh Kean Yew by winning the Indian Open men’s singles title. Image: Twitter/@BAI_Media

New Delhi: Youngster Lakshya Sen hit a career-high world No. 13 in the latest badminton world rankings after winning the men’s singles crown at the Indian Open, a title triumph that also propelled men’s doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in eighth place.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and former world number one Kidambi Srikanth remained static in seventh and 10th places, respectively, although Satwiksairaj and Chirag moved up two places.

Sen jumped four places from 17th with 66,470 points to close in on defending world champion Loh Kean Yew in 12th place. Sen defeated Yew in the Indian Open final.

Last year, Sen reached the semi-finals of the BWF World Championships where he lost to Srikanth in a hard fought match 21-17, 14-21, 17-21 and settled for a medal of bronze.

On Sunday, the 20-year-old from Almora became the first from the country to win a men’s singles title at the Indian Open on his debut by beating world champion Yew 24-22, 21-17 in final.

Sen defeated the Singaporean, who defeated Srikanth in December to win the world championship title, in a match that lasted 54 minutes.

Former world champion Sindhu maintained her seventh position with 90,994 in the women’s rankings while Srikanth remained in 10th place with 69,158 points in the men’s rankings.

B Sai Praneeth, too, remained static in 18th position.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu leads the women’s standings with 10,8800 points while defending Olympic champion Victor Axelsen leads the men’s standings with 11,6779 points.

From the Indian perspective, another big winner was men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj and Chirag, who moved up from 10th to eighth place with 76,708 points in the latest ranking published by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

They beat top-seeded Indonesian duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 21-16, 26-24 to claim the men’s doubles crown at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open on Sunday.

Going into the match with a 1-3 head-to-head record, Satwik and Chirag put up a brave effort against the Indonesian pair and avoided a fightback to reign supreme in the final.

Satwik and Chirag had won the Thai Open Super 500 title in 2019, in addition to reaching the French Open Super 750 final the same year.

No Indians have featured in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles rankings.