- Sindhu and Saina's success graph came down
- Sindhu Lakin became world champion, battling all year
- Lakshya Sen makes top 40 in world ranking
The country's star shuttler PV Sindhu did win the gold medal at the World Championship this year but struggled with poor performance for the rest of the year. The performance of Saina Nehwal, another female badminton player of the country, also came down in the graph this year. Young Lakshya Sen (Lakshya Sen) In the year 2019, mixed success for Indian badminton emerged as an expectation of the future. After two silver and two bronze medals, Sindhu earned India her first gold at the World Championship, though she could not repeat the form after that. India won two medals from the World Championship in Switzerland. Apart from Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth won bronze in the men's singles category 36 years after Prakash Padukone won the medal. In the doubles category, the pair of Satwiksairaj Ranireddy and Chirag Shetty won the Thailand Open Super 500 title and reached the final of the French Open Super 750. It became the first Indian pair to win the Super 500 title.
The 18-year-old Lakshya won five titles this year and reached a career-best 32nd rankings. Saurabh Verma won Super 100 titles in Vietnam and Hyderabad. He also reached the final of Syed Modi Super 300 tournament. In addition to Sindhu in the women's singles, Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Masters Super 300 title, however, except for this one performance, Saina's performance of the year was loose. Sindhu, who won five silver medals last year and gold in the World Tour Finals, did not appear in form for much of the year. Practicing under the guidance of Korean coach Kim Joon Hyun, Sindhu finished runner-up at the Indonesia Open and won the World Championship gold in Basel. She is the second female player to win five medals at the World Championship after former Olympic and World Champion Zhang Ning. She then failed to retain the title at the last World Tour Finals of the season.
Praneeth reached the Swiss Open final in the men's category and finished 11th in the world rankings at the end of the season. Kidambi Srikanth won four titles in 2017. He also achieved Commonwealth Games gold and number one rankings in 2018, but this year was average. He reached the India Open final while being out of the top 10 in the world rankings due to average performance in the remaining tournaments and being ruled out due to knee injury. HS Prannoy finished 26th in the ranking. The target, ranked 109 at the start of the year, jumped 76 places as runner-up at the Polish Open. He won the Belgium International in September and then won the Dutch Open Super 100 and Saralorlux Super 100 titles. After winning the Scottish Open in November, they won the Bangladesh International Challenge at the end of the year. In the doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were eliminated from the first round in 13 tournaments while three times in the second round. Before next year's Tokyo Olympics, coach Pullela Gopichand will have to ensure that his players are in the best rhythm.
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