Young badminton player Anupama Upadhyay has risen to the top in the latest junior rankings of the World Badminton Federation (BWF).
New Delhi: Young badminton player Anupama Upadhyay has risen to the top in the latest junior rankings of the World Badminton Federation (BWF). She became the second Indian to hold the number one spot in the girls’ under-19 singles rankings. Anupama, 17, a resident of Panchkula, has won international titles in Uganda and Poland this year.
He pushed top-ranked compatriot Tasneem Mir down a spot. Anupama rose to the top in 18 tournaments with a score of 18.060, gaining two places. She is one of the four Indian girls in the top 10 in the junior rankings.
The three other Indian girls in the top 10 are Tasneem (second) and Anvesha Gowda (sixth) aged 14 and Unnati Hooda (ninth) aged 14. In the boys’ singles category, Aditya Joshi (2014), Cyril Verma (2016), Lakshya Sen (2017) have topped the world rankings, while 18-year-old Shankar Muthusamy Subramanian had achieved the number one ranking last year.
Anupama had recently made it to the top 100 in the senior women’s category. She is currently ranked 63rd in the senior women’s world rankings. Anupama had made it to the semi-finals of the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament in January. After this, she again managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Orleans Open Super 100 competition. She is currently preparing for the Junior World Championships. The Junior World Badminton Championships is to be held in Santander, Spain from October 17 to 31.
Earlier this year, Tasneem Mir, a 16-year-old daughter from Gujarat, had topped the BWF Junior Rankings in the Under-19 girls’ singles category. Tasnim Mir is the first Indian to top this category. Prior to Tasneem, this feat had not been achieved by any Indian junior female shuttler, be it PV Sindhu or Saina Nehwal.