*Former world and Asian junior champion Zulfadli is Malaysia’s best at No 39
* V Shem-Wee Kiong is best men’s doubles pair at No 17
Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s chase for points to move up the world rankings and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics has only got tougher when the Badminton World Federation released the latest ranking list on Thursday.
The Malaysian’s latest world ranking has plummeted to an all-time low of 180 from his previous low of 79. He was ranked No 1 until a doping scandal put paid to status and was handed an eight-month suspension.
Chong Wei is currently in New York playing in his first Open tournament – the USD120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold event since his suspension for a doping scandal was lifted on May 1 – although he did don national colours in two team events. He played in the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan, China in May and the SEA Games in Singapore earlier this month.
After the US Open, the Penangite will also compete in the Canadian Open together with Chong Wei Feng.
The best placed Malaysian in the latest BWF rankings is independent player Zulfadli Zulkifli who is ranked No 39 followed by newly crowned SEA Games champion Chong Wei Feng at No 40.
The other Malaysians in the top 100 are Arif Abdul Latif, who won the silver medal in the SEA Games who is No 67, Tan Chun Seang (No 78), Goh Soon Huat (No 84), Daren Liew (No 91) and Soo Teck Zhi (No 92).
China’s Chen Long remained as the World No 1 followed by Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen at No 2 while India’s K. Srikanth is No 3. Japan’s rising star Kento Momota is at No 4 and China’s Lin Dan at No 5.
In the men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong remain as Malaysia’s best at World No 17.
- Chen Long (China)
- Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark)
- K. Srikanth (India)
- Kento Momota (Japan)
- Lin Dan (China)
- Zulfadli Zulkifli
- Chong Wei Feng
- Arif Abdul Latif
- Tan Chun Seang
- Goh Soon Huat
- Daren Liew
- Soo Teck Zhi
Men’s doubles (Malaysians only)
- Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong
- Jagdish Singh-Roni Tan Wee Long
- Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ei Yi
- Choooi Kah Ming-Teo Kok Siang
- Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin
- Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong
- Lee Jian Yi-Lim Zhen Ting