With the release of latest ranking, Indian ace Saina Nehwal got the the top position in women’s single badminton ranking. It is for the first time in the history that India ace has achieved the top ranking. Prakash Padukone is the only other India player who had the distinction of being the No. 1 men’s badminton player. Also since 2010, top position in women badminton has been held by Chinese players only.
“I want to perform well and beat the players against whom I was losing. I don’t want to lose the way I was losing in the last three years. I want to be more consistent. When you are playing well, other things fall in place”, she said.
China’s Li Xuerui, who was earlier No.1 player skipped to third spot after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin. PV Sindhu held her ninth position in recent ranking.
Deccan Chronicles mentioned “Saina, who had clinched the India Open Super Series title on March 29, was already assured of the top spot after Xuerui lost in the league stage of Delhi event and the 25-year-old Hyderabadi’s closest challenger for the position, Carolina, also lost her semifinal match”.
Saina recently defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand by 21-16, 21-14 at Siri Fort Sports Comples, Delhi had said” I think the consistency with which I am playing is great. I reached three finals in last two months and it is not easy.”
Saina in her career has won 14 international titles and recently become first Indian player to play finals of All England Championship in Manchester.
In her interview, she said “Titles makes me hungry. Next I hope to win more and more titles, I hope to be fit and injury free. This result will motivate me to win more titles.”