BWF Rankings: Tasnim Mir becomes first under-19 girls world No. 1 from India

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While young Lakshya Sen has announced his arrival at the big stage with the BWF World Championship bronze last year, a new Indian star is rising in the women’s singles category. Tasnim Mir has accomplished a feat what India’s most decorated female badminton icons – Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu – could not add to their names.

The 16-year-old Gujarat girl, Tasnim has become the first Indian player to be World No.1 in the U-19 girls singles category. She topped the girls singles table in the BWF junior rankings, released earlier this week. She gained three positions to jump atop the table with 10,810 points.

Tasnim is the fourth Indian to gain the position after Siril Verma, Aditya Joshi and Sen.

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When BWF introduced the junior rankings – for the under-19 age group –  in 2011, Saina had missed the cut, while Sindhu could reach only up to No. 2 position.

The teenager has to her credit 22 titles, across national and international competitions, including Bulgarian Junior Championship, Alpes International, and Belgian Junior coming in 2021.

She has also won the under-15 and under-17 titles in the Asian Junior Championships.

Tasnim, who started playing badminton at the age of six, now trains in Guwahati, .Assam.

Tasnim is training at Assam Badminton Academy. A prodigy from Pullela Gopichand’s stable in Ahmebadad, Tasnim now is keen stay in Assam as her doubles partner Ayan Rashid also train trains.

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