New Delhi: Despite losing the World Championships final in Jakarta on Sunday, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the top spot in women’s singles in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Saina rose a place to overtake her conqueror in the summit clash, Carolina Marin of Spain, to once again be ranked No.1. The reigning World Champion dropped to No.2 while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying overtook reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to be No.3.
“Very happy to be world number 1 again. I would like to thank my coach Vimal Kumar sir and my parents for the support,” tweeted Saina, attaching a photograph of herself wearing the Worlds silver medal and standing with her parents.
Saina Nehwal also signed a two-year deal with leading sports management group, IOS Sports & Entertainment. IOS will now manage Saina’s endorsements, appearances, brand profiling, patents, licensing and digital rights, images and visibility on social networking sites.