Kuala Lumpur: The latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings for October 22 ranking week showed Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong continued to have strong upward momentum, checking in the BWF top 25 in both men’s singles and men’s doubles.
Despite his disappointments at Korea Open, and Denmark Open, Lee Chong Wei has jumped six places, working his way back into the 19th position in the latest rankings.
There was little change in the men’s singles top 10, as Chen Long, Jan O Jorgensen and Lin Dan once again finished the top 3 positions, and Tommy Sugiarto moved up 4 places to No. 8.
The last few weeks were huge for Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong after they made it to the finals of Thailand Open, and with a dominant run of winning two successive titles at Dutch Open and Swiss International. Those solid performance saw Koo/Tan pulled in 15450 points to soar 5 spots to No. 22. Another Malaysian pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong remained constant at No. 14.
There wasn’t much movement atop the men’s doubles rankings, with Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan, and Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa holding their places at the men’s doubles top 5.
Spaniard Carolina Marin overtook Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal for No. 1 spot in the women’s singles category. After her Denmark Open victory, Li Xuerui racked in 11000 points to move up 1 place to No. 5, while Sung Ji Hyun and Tai Tzu Ying still held on to the No. 3 and No. 4 rankings.
Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang fell three positions to No. 5 in women’s doubles, while Luo Ying/Luo Yu, Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii all shot up one spot to rank No. 2, No.3, and No. 4 respectively. Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi remained the No. 1 women’s doubles pair in the world. Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei rose one spot to world No. 10.
Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin, Xu Chen/Ma Jian, Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen were the top 5 pairs in mixed doubles. Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia stayed flat at No. 16.