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Indian badminton star Lakshya Sen has climbed up seven places to reach the world No. 12 spot in the latest men's singles BWF World Rankings released on Tuesday, July 11. The 21-year-old Sen dished out a badminton masterpiece to notch up his second BWF Super 500 title with a straight-game win over Li Shi Feng of China in the final of the Canada Open. Sen also reached the semi-final of the Thailand Open earlier this year. 

Sen, who also helped India win their maiden Thomas Cup title in May, had reached a career-best world No. 6 ranking in November last year but dropped out of the top 20 after some below-average performances. After returning from a break, a semi-final result at the Thailand Open placed him back into the top 20, and now a title victory at the Canada Open has pushed him close to the top 10.

Meanwhile, HS Prannoy, who became world No. 1 in BWF World Tour 2022 Rankings in October last year, slipped down a place to be ranked world No. 9 in the men's singles rankings. Prannoy, who won the bronze medal at the world championships last year, has been inconsistent this season, failing to reach the finals of any major tournament.

Kidambi Srikanth steady at No. 20, PV Sindhu gains to No. 12

Kidambi Srikanth, who won the silver medal at the world championships last year, remained steady at World No. 20 in the men's singles rankings. Srikanth, who also won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022, has not been at his best, losing in the early rounds of most tournaments.

In women's singles, two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu rose to World No.12 in the world rankings after her impressive Canada Open run. Sindhu lost against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinals to crash out of the Super 500 tournament.

Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continue to remain India's best-ranked men's pair, with a world ranking of 3, while MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila are ranked 26. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand plummeted to world number 18 in women's doubles after being out of action for some time. With a global ranking of 35 in mixed doubles, N Sikki Reddy and Rohan Kapoor remained India's best pair.