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Patna : Akane Yamaguchi, 22, Japan, has become the World No 1 female shuttler after winning the Indonesia Open and Japan Open singles titles on July 21, 2019, and July 28, 2019, respectively. Yamaguchi has jumped one place in Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on July 30, 2019, to be ranked World No 1 female shuttler with 96,130 points from 20 tournaments pushing Tai Tzu Ying, 25, Chinese Taipei, down to 2nd position with 92,625 points from 15 tournaments.

Tai Tzu was holding the World No 1 position for the past several months. Tai Tzu has won 25 career titles and is reigning Asian Games champion. Yamaguchi has won 15 career titles.

Yamaguchi won 12,000 points for winning the Blibli Indonesia Open, an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1,000 event, and 11,000 points for winning the Japan Open title, an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 event. Yamaguchi was first ranked World in BWF rankings on April 19, 2018. Nozomi Okuhara, Japan, remains World No 3 with 88,836 points from 20 tournaments while Chen Yu Fei, China, remains World No 4 with 88,565 points from 17 tournaments.

P V Sindhu, India, who had lost to Yamaguchi in the final of Blibli Indonesia Open, remains World No 5 with 80,634 points from 18 tournaments. HE Bing Jiao, China, Ratchanok Intanon, Thailand, and Saina Nehwal, India, remain static at World No 6, 7 & 8 positions respectively. Saina has 69,017 points from 16 tournaments. Beiwen Zhang, USA, is World No 9 while reigning Olympic and World Champion Carolina Marin, Spain, is World No 10. Carolina has 56,000 points from only 7 tournaments.

Mugdha Agrey, India, has jumped 6 places to be ranked World No 62 with 23,670 points while Rituparna Das, India, has jumped 1 place to be ranked World No 65 with 23,290 points. Riya Mookerjee remains static at World No 84 with 20,000 points from 11 events.


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