In doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first Indian men's pair to win a Super 500 title at Thailand Open and then reaching the French Open Super 750 final.
Form and fortunes have bizarrely fluctuated for the top-six women's badminton players in the world. The Indian Express decodes the zig-zagging patterns of the golden generation, where the metric fundamentally is silverware and not ranking, preluding to an intriguing Olympics tussle next year
The 46-year-old, a former world no 5 who became only the second Indian (after Prakash Padukone) to win the prestigious All England Championships in 2001, has had a telling impact on Indian badminton.
Parupalli Kashyap remained at 23rd, followed by HS Prannoy (26th), Sourabh Verma (28th), and Sameer Verma (33rd), while PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are static at the sixth and 11th positions.
18-year-old Indian Lakshya Sen has capped a superb year with a 22-20 21-18 win over Malaysia's Leong Jun Hao in the summit clash to clinch his fifth title in last seven tournaments.
India's PV Sindhu recorded a consolation win over China's He Bingjiao in the third Group A match to end her campaign on a positive note at the year-ending BWF World Tour Final in Guangzhou on Friday.
Just like in her campaign opener against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi on Wednesday, Sindhu squandered a game advantage to lose yet again in a one hour and 12 minute match, bowing out of contention for the World Tour Finals knockouts.
Defending champion PV Sindhu squandered an 11-6 lead in the second game to go down 18-21, 21-18, 21-8 to Akane Yamaguchi.
Gutta has expressed her unhappiness that the national badminton camps are held at Gopichand's academy in Hyderabad. That Gopichand was also a selector led her to raise the conflict of interest issue.
Jwala Gutta mentioned that a probe is required on the conflict of interest of Pullela Gopichand, who is the chief national coach, the chief selector, part of Khelo India, part of PBL, among many organisations.
PV Sindhu would be eager to turnaround her fortunes when she begins her title defence at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
The young combination had a breakthrough season, claiming its maiden Super 500 title at Thailand Open before reaching the finals of French Open Super 750 event this year.
While in women's singles, Gayatri Gopichand blew away Nepal's Nangzal Tamang, in women's doubles, N Sikki Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi defeated Maldives' Neela Najeeb and Maisa Ismail.
Sourabh Verma, who had reached world no. 30 in 2012, had a decent season in which he claimed two titles at Hyderabad and Vietnam and also won the Slovenia International series in May.
India are currently placed at the second spot with 16 medals, including five gold, eight silvers and three bronze.
Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma's impressive run at the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei in the men's singles final on Sunday.
Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Final 2019, Sourabh Verma vs Wang Tzu Wei Highlights: Sourabh Verma's lost the finals of Syed Modi International tournament after Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei beat him in straight games in the men's singles final on Sunday.
Sourabh Verma vs Wang Tzu Wei, Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019 Final Live Score Streaming: Sourabh Verma takes on Wang Tzu Wei for the Syed Modi International title on Sunday.
Sourabh Verma entered the men's singles final after a hard-fought 21-17 16-21 21-18 win over Korea's Heo Kwang Hee in the semifinals of the Syed Modi International on Saturday. He is the only Indian player left in the fray.
Kidambi Srikanth, who had reached the finals at India Open Super 500 early this year, went down 18-21, 19-21 to the seventh-seeded Korean Son Wan Ho for his seventh loss in 11 meetings.