Wednesday, September 14 2022

New Delhi: Young Anupama Upadhyaya has become only the second Indian commuter in the Girls Under 19 Singles category to win the first title in the latest BWF Junior Rankings.

The 17-year-old from Panchkula, who won junior international titles in Uganda and Poland earlier this year, replaced fellow Indian Tasnim Mir in the top spot on Tuesday. She jumped two places to claim pole position with 18,060 points in 18 tournaments and is one of four girls in the Top 10 of the junior rankings.

Three other Indian commuters in the Top 10 are Tasnim Mir (number 2) and two 14-year-olds – AnweshaGowda (number 6) and UnnatiHooda (number 9). Overall, Anupama is only the sixth Indian commuter to top the junior rankings.

Among the boys, Aditya Joshi (2014), SirilVerma (2016), LakshyaSen (2017) had reached the top spot in the past, while 18-year-old SankarMuthusamy Subramanian became the world No.1 last month.

Anupama had recently cracked the Senior Women’s Top 100 chart and is currently ranked No. 63 in the world. A product of PrakashPadukone Badminton Academy, Anupama had an impressive run this year qualifying for the Syed Modi International Super 300 semi-finals in January before making the quarter-finals of the Orleans Open Super 100.

The Indian is currently preparing for the World Junior Championships which will be held in Santander, Spain from October 17-31.


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