Youngster Anupama Upadhyaya became the second Indian badminton player in the U-19 singles category to be at the top position in the latest BWF Junior rankings.
Anupama who’s from Panchkula claimed the international titles in Uganda and Poland and replaced fellow Indian shuttler Tasmin Mir from the highest position on Tuesday.
She skipped two spots with 18.060 points from 18 tournaments and is one of the four players in the Top 10 of the junior rankings.
Anupama Upadhyaya, a native of Panchkula, Haryana, won her first international juniors championship in Uganda earlier this year before going on to win her first seniors’ title, the Polish Open 2022, in March.
The other female shuttlers in the Top 10 category are Tasmin Mir (number 2) and 14 year olds Anwesha Gowda and Unnati Hooda are at number 6 and number 9 respectively. Anupama is the only sixth Indian shuttler who topped the junior rankings.
In the boys category, Aditya Joshi, Siril Verma and Lakshya Sen achieved their top position in the past in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. Sankar Muthusamy who’s just 18 year old became World No.1 in the last month.
Anupama is the sixth shuttler from India to hold the top spot in the junior badminton world rankings overall.
Anupama also cracked the senior women’s Top 100 ranking and is at No. 63 spot. She has been a part of Prakash Padukone Academy and she also qualified for the Syed Modi International Super 300 in January before the quarterfinals of Orleans Open Super 100 event.
She’s also preparing dor the Junior World Championships that is supposed to take place in Santander, Spain from October 17 to October 31.