Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong are World No. 1

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Congratulations to Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong for becoming the World No. 1 men's doubles pair. (photo: AFP)

Kuala Lumpur: The latest top 10 men’s singles Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings showed little change as Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Chen Long, and Lin Dan once again finished in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 positions.Congratulations to Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong for becoming the World No. 1 men's doubles pair. (photo: AFP)

After claiming the French Open and Bitburger Open within two consecutive weeks, 20-year-old Shi Yuqi of China saw his ranking skyrocket from 16 to 10.

Although BadmintonPlanet has reported yesterday that World No. 2 men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong might have to reach at least semi-finals in the upcoming China Open and Hong Kong Open in order to claim the World No. 1 spot. Surprisingly, their dreams had materialized much faster and easier than expected, after BWF officially dropped World No. 1 pair Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon-Seong of South Korea from the rankings and moved Goh/Tan up to the top spot, following Lee Yong-Dae’s retirement from the Korean national team.

Goh/Tan who won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics and claimed the Denmark Open title on Oct 24, are leading the list with total of 71,297 points followed by China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei with 70,220 and Danish pair of Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen in third with 67,534.

The first 10 positions in the women’s singles list remained static except Sung Ji Hyun of Korea moved up 1 place to No. 7, and Akane Yamaguchi fell to No. 8th. Akane Yamaguchi. Carolina Marin, Ratchanok Intanon, Nozomi Okuhara, Li Xuerui, Tai Tzu Ying rounded up the top 5 women’s singles player in the world.

In women’s doubles, BWF also officially removed the retired pair Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang of China from the women’s doubles list. Besides Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan who stayed as the No. 1 women’s doubles pair, all other women’s pairs have moved up one spot as Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan, Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii, Luo Ying/Luo Yu filled up the 2nd through the 5th rankings.

The most successful badminton mixed doubles pair in the last 10 years – Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei of China were also officially deleted from this week rankings. The big jumpers in mixed doubles top 10 rankings were Zheng Siwei/Cheng QingChen of China who leapt from No. 5 to World No. 2 after winning the French Open and Bitburger Open, while Malaysian mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying were ranked fourth in the world with 67,060 points.

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