Historic ranking milestone for Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan

Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

Kuala Lumpur: It’s getting hard to keep track of all the mixed doubles titles Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan have piled up. In addition to their consistently top results in mixed doubles, the pair reached another milestone as they’ve earned 102,935 ranking points in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday, 20,223 points more than Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia who were ranked world No. 2. Xu Chen/Ma Jin, Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin, and Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen occupied the No.3, No. 4 and No. 5 place in mixed doubles respectively.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

Chinese badminton player Chen Long remained the undisputed leader in the men’s singles rankings with 98,681 points. The week marked no changes in the top five men’s rankings, with Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark still in second place, followed by Chinese Lin Dan, Japanese Kento Momota, and Indian Kidambi Srikanth. Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei fell one spot to world No. 24.

Saina Nehwal has extended her lead as the women’s world No. 1, closely followed by her Spanish rival Carolina Marin, while Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan was ranked world No. 3. Wang Shixian has moved up one place to No. 4 and Li Xuerui fell one spot to No. 5.

Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong have 96,080 points to command an unchanged top 5 men’s doubles rankings, with Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen and Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa on second, third, fourth and fifth place.

Japanese Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi still the clear number one in women’s doubles. Chinese shuttlers Luo Ying and Luo Yu have slipped down one place to No. 3 while their compatriots Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli leapt from 3rd to 2nd. Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark were in No. 4 place with Indonesians Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii held onto the 5th position.


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