Kuala Lumpur: While Kento Momota of Japan has cemented his status as the world’s best men’s singles player in the latest BWF ranking that was released on Tuesday, Malaysia’s former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has dropped from last week’s World No. 73 to World No. 115.
Lee who had not played in any tournaments since last year’s Indonesia Open in July as he underwent treatment for an early-stage nose cancer, has been delaying his comeback due to advice from his doctor.
After his withdrawal from the 2019 All England Open and 2019 Malaysia Open, he was expected to return to the Sudirman Cup mixed team championships that will take place in Nanning, China in May. However, he was not included in the list when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced the Sudirman Cup rosters last week. When would Lee be allowed to return to competitive badminton is yet to be determined.
The BWF rankings released on Tuesday showed that not only Momota has moved into his 32th week as world number one, he was also 20,560 points ahead of World No. 2 Shi Yuqi with total points of 108,800. Viktor Axelsen remained in third-placed, followed by Chou Tien Chen and Chen Long in the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying was the clear World No. 1 despite a slow start of the season. Others in the top four remained unchanged as Nozomi Okuhara came in second, Chen Yufei in third and Akane Yamaguchi in fourth. PV Sindhu moved up a spot to fifth.
Despite a poor performance at last week’s Badminton Asia Championships final, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia continued to dominate the men’s doubles ranking as World No. 1.
Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara became the third women’s pair from their country to become the World No. 1 women’s pair, after Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi.
China’s Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong still at the World No. 1 spot for mixed doubles, with total points of 111,400, followed by Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping with total of 92,250 points.