Saina rises to 15th in singles rankings

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{image-Saina Nehwal_24072008.jpg www.oneindia.com}New Delhi, Jul 24: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal received a morale boost just before the Olympics as she moved up two places to career best 15th in the latest women's singles rankings released by the International Badminton Federation (IBF) today.

Saina, who is quite busy getting ready for the first ever Olympics Games in her career at the moment, has recently achieved a new high in the world ranking as she has cracked the top-20 singles ranking for the first time in her career after stupendous performance in the Asian circuit last month.

The 18-year-old Saina's recent dream run went in for quite a long time and she entered into the semi-final of a Super Series event at the Singapore Open, to become the first Indian women to do so.

Saina continued her wonderful form after that and she reached the quarter-final of the at the Thailand Open, where she lost a hardly-fought battle to the top-seed Chinese player, Xie Xingfang.

UNI

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