Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal climbed to a career-best second in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.
Saina gained a rung to be a second with 80091.7444 points behind top-placed Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China who has 94626.7153
The 22-year-old also produced a dominant performance to cruise into the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open Super Series with a straight-game victory over Hong Kong's Pui Yin Yip.
She didn’t break much sweat as she brushed aside her opponent 21-12 21-9 in a lop-sided match that lasted only half an hour. Saina, who had reached her career best world no 2 in December 2010 for the first time, was lagging behind initially but she rode on her 12 smash winners to tame Pui Yin Yip, who played well at the nets.
Kashyap gains a rank, but exits
In the men’s list, Olympic quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap also headed northwards as he reached a career-high 10th. Kashyap, who was 11th in the previous rankings, has 51986.6900 points and is the only Indian in the top-25.
However, he went down fighting to sixth-seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 17-21 14-21 in the second round of the men’s singles event.
Among other prominent players, P V Sindhu rose a rung to 16th with 43116.8667 points.