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Ashwini Ponnappa/Tanisha Crasto enters top 30 in BWF World Rankings

Indian women's doubles duo Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto entered the top 30 in the BWF World Rankings after their brilliant show last week.

Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto
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Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto (Source: BWF)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 6 Dec 2023 7:39 AM GMT

After a runner-up finish at the Syed Modi India International Super 300 tournament, the Indian women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto jumped four places to be ranked 28th in the latest World Rankings released by BWF.

Ashwini, 34, and her 20-year-old partner Tanisha, who started playing together in January this year, won the Abu Dhabi Masters and Nantes International Challenge earlier this year. Last week, they made a runner-up finish after dishing out a bold show in a 77-minute final at the Syed Modi India International in Lucknow on Sunday.

Priyanshu Rajawat, who lost his men's singles semifinal match against Chi Yu Jen in Lucknow, also gained a place to break into the top 30, while HS Prannoy remained India's highest-ranked player in men's singles at eight. The positions of Lakshya Sen at 17, and Kidambi Srikanth at 24 too remain unchanged.

In women's singles, PV Sindhu, who opted for BWF's protected ranking after suffering an injury at the French Open in October, is India's highest-ranked women's singles player at 12. Sindhu is likely to return to the court in February 2024.

India's top men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty occupied the second spot, while Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand stayed at the 19th position in women's doubles rankings.

With the BWF World Tour nearing the end, none of the Indian shuttlers made it to this year's season finale, World Tour Finals, to be held in Hangzhou, China.

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