Kidambi Srikanth (left) and Saina Naehwal (right) are out of contention to win a Paris 2024 berth.
It is evident in their rankings that the Indian shuttlers have been struggling to qualify for Paris 2024. Only two players/players are in the top 10 BWF ranking, while others continue to struggle. Satwik and Chirag, the men’s doubles duo, also retained their WR-8 position. Unfortunately, former world No. Saina Nehwal, the former world No.
Saina Nehwal & Kidambi Srikanth’s 2023 in a Nutshell
Both of the former world No. Both former world no. Srikanth dropped to 24th in the BWF ranking, while Nehwal fell to 94th. Saina only played six tournaments and won three matches this year. In fact her last tournament was in June at the Singapore Open where she lost to Ratchanok Intanon on the first day.
Srikanth was eliminated in the opening round eight times during this year. The best he could do was reach the quarterfinals of 4 tournaments in 2023.
Lakshya continued to disappoint in BWF rankings
Lakshya, the 2021 World Championships bronze-medal winner, has also been unwell and is now WR-17 on the BWF Rankings. He is expected slip further after his first round exit at the Japan Masters, last week. PV Sindhu, who is injured, remains at WR-11 thanks to her protected rankings. Lastly, the women’s doubles team of Treesa Jolly & Gayatri Gopichand slipped to WR-19.