Young badminton player Anupama Upadhyaya has become only the second Indian to be ranked number one in the girls’ U-19 singles rankings by reaching the top of the latest junior rankings of the World Badminton Federation (BWF). Anupama, 17, from Panchkula, who won international titles in Uganda and Poland this year, on Tuesday removed fellow Indian Tasnim Mir from the top rankings.
Anupama rose to the top with a score of 18.060 in 18 tournaments, a gain of two places. She is one of the four Indian girls in the top 10 in the junior rankings. The other three Indian girls in the top 10 are Tasneem (second) and two 14-year-olds Anvesha Gowda (sixth) and Unnati Hooda (ninth).
Anupama, who recently broke into the top 100 in the senior women’s category, is currently ranked 63rd in the world rankings. Anupama had made it to the semi-finals of the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament in January and then went on to reach the quarter-finals of the Orleans Open Super 100 tournament. She is currently preparing for the Junior World Championships to be held in Santander, Spain from October 17 to 31.
In boys’ singles category, Aditya Joshi (2014), Cyril Verma (2016), Lakshya Sen (2017) have topped the world rankings while 18-year-old Shankar Muthusamy Subramanian achieved the number one ranking last year.