Having dominated domestic junior circuit for the last five years, Ritika Thakre and Simran Singhi’s dream of claiming a place in the world’s top 100 rankings became fulfilled as the duo joined the elite group of Indian pairs.
A series of impressive performances in recent times helped the Maharashtra doubles pair make a rapid stride in the world badminton rankings. Before the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced their decision to freeze the rankings for both male and female shuttlers earlier last week, the ranking table saw Ritika and her partner jump to World No. 98.
The pair, into their initial year in the seniors’ category, are enjoying a purple patch and having a splendid form since becoming the girls’ doubles champion at Under-19 Junior National Badminton Championship last year.
Ritika Thakre and Simran Singhi | Source: Badminton Nation
Currently placed at sixth in the national Badminton Association of India (BAI) rankings, both Ritika and Simran have been trying to break the top stream since 2014, in spite of the fact that they don’t train together.
To break into the world 100 rankings will be a major boost to their confidence, as both will be gunning for more glory in the years to come. Ritika trains under Ajay Dayal and Robin Simon in Nagpur, whereas Simran is a member of Thane Badminton Academy.
Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are India’s premier doubles pair with a World Ranking of 28. The other Indian pairs in the top hundred are Pooja Dandu-Sanjana Santosh (44), J Meghana-Poorvisha S Ram (46), K Maneesha-Rutuparna Panda (54) and Kuhoo Garg-Anoushka Parikh (86).