Impressive recent performances saw Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew and Yeo Jia Min make big progress on the BWF World Rankings released yesterday.
Loh, who in October won the YONEX Dutch Open 2021 and defeated the higher ranked Lee Zii Jia in YONEX French Open 2021 opening round, was the biggest mover among the world’s top 50 men’s singles players.
And having started November with a title win at the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 HYLO Open 2021 last week, he went up eight places to No.31, four short of his career best No.27 in 2019.
“I’m happy I’m one step closer to being in top 30 once again,” the 24-year-old told the Straits Times.
“A higher ranking is important to get more favourable draws in bigger tournaments. I will work hard to produce more consistent performances and results.
“Step by step, I hope to break into the top 30, top 20 and top 10.”
Yeo on the other hand, rose six spots to No.20 to attain her highest position so far. The 22-year-old finished runner-up to Busanan Ongbamrungphan in Germany.
Turk Aliye Demirbag, conqueror of two-time European Championships silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour in the HYLO Open opening round, was the most significant jumper among the top 100 women’s singles players. The 23-year-old climbed 11 rungs to No.55.
In men’s doubles, Indonesians Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin and Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan vaulted seven and six places respectively to career-high No.28 and No.35. World junior champions Carnando and Marthin were runners-up to No.1 compatriots Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo on Sunday.
English pair also Callum Hemming/Steven Stallwood meanwhile, cracked the top 50 for the first time following consecutive last 16 appearances in France and Germany. They are now at No.49.
The Japanese pairs who contested the women’s doubles final in Saarbrucken – champions Chisato Hoshi/Aoi Matsuda, and Rin Iwanaga/Kie Nakanishi – also make their top 50 debut, placing 44 and 38 respectively.
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