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Prannoy regains its place in the world top 20

HS Prannoy is now the third highest ranked Indian commuter in the world after Lakshya Sen (10th) and Kidambi Srikanth (11th).

HS Prannoy is now the third highest ranked Indian commuter in the world after Lakshya Sen (10th) and Kidambi Srikanth (11th).

Indian star commuter HS Prannoy regained his place in the world top 20 on Tuesday, on his regularity on the international circuit this season.

The 29-year-old from Kerala, who played a pivotal role in India’s monumental Thomas Cup victory in May, improved two places to 19 in the men’s singles standings.

Prannoy, who had reached a career-best eight in 2018, has been one of the most consistent male commuters on the circuit with a string of quarter-finals and semi-finals this season.

He is now the third highest ranked Indian male commuter in the world after Lakshya Sen (10th) and Kidambi Srikanth (11th).

Prannoy, who reached the Swiss Open final in March, edged out Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth (20th).

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu retained her seventh spot in the latest standings, while Saina Nehwal also remained static at 24th.

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy held steady at eighth in the men’s doubles standings, while Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy fell one notch to 24th.

Among others, 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Paruppali Kashyap jumped three spots to reach the world ranking of No. 36, when competing in the second round of the Malaysia Open Super 750 event.

The Verma brothers – Sameer and Sourabh – were the other two Indians in the world top 50.

While Sameer remained 29th, Sourabh was in 44th position.