Tasnim Mir becomes the first Indian to win a world position. 1 status in singles u-19 girls

Young shuttleman Tasnim Mir on Wednesday became the first Indian to win first place in the world rankings among girls under 19 in the last BWF junior rankings.

The 16-year-old from Gujarat was awarded for last year’s stellar trip when she secured titles at three junior international tournaments to jump three places and take first place in the world junior rankings.

“I can’t say I expected this. I thought I wouldn’t be able to become No. 1 because the tournaments were becoming influenced by COVID-19, but I won three competitions in Bulgaria, France and Belgium. So I’m really excited and happy that I could finally to become world number 1. It’s a great moment for me, ”Tasnim told PTI of Guwahati.

“From now on, I will focus entirely on the senior round and look forward to playing in Iran and Uganda next month. Now my goal is to improve my senior rank. This year would be great.”

Tasnim, backed by OGQ, is currently in the low 602nd place in the women’s singles.

Tasnim’s feat has never been achieved by any Indian, including PV Sindhu’s double Olympic medal and London bronze medalist Saina Nehwal.

While Sindhu was No. 2 in the world in her days under 19, Saina failed to make it to the BWF junior rankings, which started only in 2011. Another Indian, Samiya Imad Farooqui from Telangana, was close, but could only reach second place in the BWF junior rankings.

In the singles Boys, Lakshya Sen, Siril Verma and Aditya Joshi became No. 1 in the world.

Tasnim was part of the Indian campaign at the Thomas and Uber Cup held late last year in Denmark and says it has had a huge impact on her game.

It was a great moment for me, I was among the seniors for the first time, I played against world class players in big stadiums, it was a great experience. I also met Viktor Axelsen there, I like his game. I like to watch players like Tai Tzu Ying and An Seyoung, ”she said.

Tasnim has coached for the past four years under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan at the Assam Badminton Academy in Guwahati.

“I trained for the last four years under Edwin, it was a great experience, we can train with men, so I helped improve my game,” said the teenager, who won Dubai Junior International 2019.

Tasnim got her first badminton lessons from her father Irfan Mir, who is a badminton coach and also an ASI in the Mehsan police.

“My father is a badminton coach and also works for Mehsan police. He has always been interested in sports and took me with him when I was about 7-8 years old,” she said.

Tasnim, whose younger brother Mohd Ali Mir, the junior state champion of Gujarat, also trains with her in Guwahati, has been successful since his young days.

She won the state junior champion (U-19) at the age of 14, and also won the national crown in singles under 13, under 15 and under 19.

Tasnim also won U-15 titles singles and doubles at the 2018 All-India Sub-Junior Tournaments in Hyderabad and Nagpur.

She could not make it to the round of 16 at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Russia, but she returned and won the title at the Asian Junior Championships for U-17 and U-15 the same year in Indonesia.

She also came out as the winner of the President’s Cup Nepal Junior International Series 2020 in Kathmandu.

“I will have to work on my endurance and the mental aspect of my game, which will play a big role. I have confidence in my punches, but it’s important to focus on the mind,” she signed.

This story was published from the agency’s feed without text changes.


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