Badminton: Kisona is closer to being a regular for meetings at the World Tour level

Petaling Jaya: Singles athlete S. Kisuna (pic) of her chance to play regularly in tournaments at the world tour level after she jumped to number 53 in the world rankings.

The 22-year-old managed to climb up to eight places, thanks to her victory in the Spanish International Challenge in La Nucia last week.

Kisona’s previous best position was 54th in April 2018.

By getting closer to the top 50 in the world, Kisona will stand a better chance of making cuts in World Tour events that are Class III and below.

These tournaments are open to players ranked outside the top 32 because they feature qualifying rounds.

After her teammate Goh Jin-wei swept to glory in the Spanish International Class VI Challenge last Saturday, Kisona vowed not to rest on her laurels.

She knows very well that she needs to up her game in order to compete with the best players in the world.

“I will continue to discuss with my coaches and get their input on how to further improve my performance,” Kisona said.

“There are still a lot of imperfections in my game and it won’t be enough if I’m going to compete at the top level.”

The SEA Games gold medalist was brutally revealed earlier this year when she failed to battle her most famous opponents in the three World Tour encounters she was fortunate to enter.

Kisuna’s worst defeat was a 6-21 7-21 lashing by Thailand’s Bosanan Aungpamrongvan in the first round of the All England Championship.

Meanwhile, Jin Wei and Eun Chi Xuan, who reached the semi-finals last week, had a huge rise in their respective rankings.

Jin Wei climbed 28 places to No. 100, cracking the top 100 for the first time since February 2020 while Qi Xuan climbed 27 places to No. 129.

Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun was the biggest mover in the men’s doubles classification as he jumped 102 places to No. 168 after winning in Spain.


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