Indian star shuttle HS Prannoy regained his career best number eight in the latest BWF world rankings released on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old from Kerala, who has been in good form this year, had reached the number eight position for the first time in 2018 before dropping to 34th in 2019.
Some memorable performances in the season, including the Thomas Cup victory, seven quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a runner-up finish at the Swiss Open, saw him take off like a phoenix in 2022.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 🔙 on his career-high rank. 🥳🔥
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He was unable to win an individual title but played a vital role in the Indian team’s historic Thomas Cup victory in Bangkok. His consistency earned him a place in the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals and a nomination for the BWF Player of the year award.
Lakshya Sen, among others, remained static at world number seven, while Kidambi Srikanth lost a place at 12th position.
Since her Commonwealth Games victory, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu fell out of action to world number seven in women’s singles, while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty held steady at number five.
The fast-rising combination of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila gained three places to become the world No. 21, while the women’s doubles combination of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, who had won bronze at Birmingham CWG, moved up one place to the world No. 17. world.
In mixed doubles, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto also moved up two places to reach 18th spot.