Young badminton player Tasnim Mir on Wednesday became the first Indian to top the U-19 girls’ singles category in the latest BWF Junior Rankings. Tasnim, 16, from Gujarat, reaped the benefits of her stellar performance last year, winning three junior international tournaments. This enabled her to gain three places to top the junior world rankings.
This feat was not achieved by any Indian junior female player, including two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal. Lakshya Sen, Cyril Verma and Aditya Joshi became the number one players in the boys’ singles category.
The BWF Junior Ranking was started in 2011 and then Saina Nehwal did not meet the criteria of Junior Ranking. Sindhu has reached number-2 during her U-19 days. This was the best ranking by an Indian player in women’s singles at junior level.
Tasneem has proved how well prepared India is in women’s singles by becoming the number one player in the world at the U-19 level. She is considered a long-running player. She is only 16 years old now.
Tasnim Mir comes from Gujarat. Her father is an Assistant Sub Inspector in Gujarat Police. Tasnim has won four titles at the junior international level. This includes the Bulgarian Junior Championships, Alpes Internationale and the Belgian Juniors.