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Zvonimir has reached the best ranking ever for a Croatian MS player (Photo: Mark Phelan)
European high jumper: I know I can do better
Date: 9/7/2017 12:26 PM
Published by : Emma Lollike
Zvonimir Durkinjak is one of the European players that have taken the biggest jump on BWF’s world ranking, this week.

The 29-year-old Croat have taken some big jumps during the last year and is slowly but steady crawling up the world ranking. Last week, he was no. 92 but can now be found 16 spots above as no. 76.

- I feel good about the ranking, it’s the best ranking ever for a Croatian MS player, so I am happy about that, says Durkinjak.

- But I know I can do better, so I am aiming for a better one.


Next goal: Top 70
Durkinjak was in Glasgow competing at the World Championships, last month. 

- I am happy with my performance, considering I was injured for some time and did not have too much practice.  But also, a bit sad I could not take the last set against Leverdez.

Brice Leverdez sent Lee Chong Wei packing in round 1, and after a close match lasting just over 1 hour, Durkinjak lost his 2nd round match to the Frenchman: 21-16, 19-21, 20-22.
- My next goal is to go to ‘top 70’ at the end of year and of course to keep that level.

Durkinjak will join the permanent squad at Badminton Europe’s Centre of Excellence (COE) tomorrow, in Holbæk (Denmark). 

Axelsen back as no. 2
The newly crowned world champion, Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) is back as no. 2 and is currently the only European men’s singles in the top 10 of the ranking. 

This week, Rajiv Ouseph, the European champion from England, rose three spots to no. 23.

And other COE players are also crawling the right way up the ranking. Amongst them is Milan Ludik of Czech Republic, who can be found one spot higher than last week, now as no. 93.

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