Future is bright: Six Indians in top-10 junior world badminton rankings

Promising shuttlers Varun Kapur and Samiya Imad Farooqui are ranked world No. 2 in the boys' and girls’ singles, respectively.

By Rahul Venkat ·

While PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have led the Indian badminton revolution in the past decade, Gen-Next seems to be on track to take the momentum forward.

In the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) junior rankings released earlier in the week, as many as six young Indian shuttlers feature in the top-10 across categories.

The BWF had frozen all rankings on March 17, 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic but decided to implement a rolling ranking system – adding all points earned without deducting any - until the rankings could be unfrozen.

Seventeen-year-olds Varun Kapur and Samiya Imad Farooqui lead the way, being ranked world No. 2 in the boys' and girls’ singles, respectively.

Kapur pocketed a sixth title with his win at the Portugal International last year while Samiya, an Under-15 Asian champion from Hyderabad jumped six places to claim her career-best ranking.

The girls’ singles category has three other Indian badminton players in the top-10 -- Tasnim Mir (4th), Treesa Jolly (8th) and Aditi Bhatt (10th). While Mir climbed eight places, Jolly and Bhatt gained 11 places in the rankings.

Jolly and Bhatt also claimed the eighth and ninth spots, respectively, in the doubles category. They were joined by a sixth Indian badminton player in the top-10 in Tanisha Crasto – who was ranked joint-ninth, having climbed 16 places.

“It is great to see many junior shuttlers doing so well. This ranking will work as a desired boost for each of them and surely motivate them to work harder as it has been a tough year,” said Badminton Association of India (BAI) President, Himanta Biswa Sharma.

Additionally, S. Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian was ranked 11th in the boys’ singles while Tanya Hemanth was ranked 12th and Gayatri Gopichand – daughter of chief national team coach Pullela Gopichand – was ranked 15th in the girls’ singles.

They were joined in the world top-20 by Ayan Rashid – who is joint 11th in mixed doubles with Tasnim Mir – while Tanisha Crasto was ranked 19th in the mixed doubles.

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