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Beiwen Zhang’s exceptional performance at the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018 has propelled her to No.8 in the HSBC Race to Guangzhou rankings, marking a career-best achievement. Zhang’s victory over defending champion Pusarla V Sindhu in the Women’s Singles final in New Delhi allowed her to secure 9,200 points and break into the top ten. Pusarla also experienced success despite her final loss, as her 7,800 points elevated her 20 spots to No.5 in the rankings.

The HSBC BWF World Tour has already featured four completed tournaments in January: the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters, the Perodua Malaysia Masters, the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters, and the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open.

Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand currently holds the top spot in Women’s Singles with 22,040 points, having won the Malaysia Masters and reached the semifinals in Indonesia and India. Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei is in second place, trailing Intanon by 5,040 points. Carolina Marin of Spain, Nitchaon Jindapol from Thailand, Indian players Pusarla V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, He Bingjiao from China, Goh Jin Wei from Malaysia, and Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt complete the top ten.

Notably, the early leg of the World Tour witnessed the rise of several players with lesser profiles. Cheung Ngan Yi from Hong Kong climbed an impressive 35 places to No.12 after reaching her first semifinal at this level of event in India. Yip Pui Yin from Hong Kong (No.14) and Beatriz Corrales from Spain (No.15), who both made it to the quarterfinals in India, also made significant progress in the rankings.

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In Men’s Singles, Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei holds the top position with 16,440 points after finishing as the runner-up in India and reaching the semifinals in Indonesia. Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, the champion of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters, is just 20 points behind at No.2.

Liew Daren from Malaysia has experienced a resurgence, with semifinal performances in Thailand and Malaysia, propelling him to No.3. Anthony Ginting from Indonesia and Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Viktor Axelsen follow closely behind.

Viktor Axelsen, whose stellar 2017 season earned him the top spot, claimed his first title of the year in Malaysia. The remaining top ten players in Men’s Singles include Suppanyu Avihingsanon from Thailand, Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei, Kantaphon Wangcharoen from Thailand, and Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.

Shi Yuqi from China, having participated only in the India Open and emerged as the champion, stands at No.13 with 9,200 points. Iskandar Zulkarnain, one of the standout performers in India, advanced from the qualifiers to the semifinals and now shares the No.14 spot with Korea’s Son Wan Ho and India’s B. Sai Praneeth.