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27 Jul, 2018
Lakshya Sen, the Indian
Junior star has skipped a mammoth, seven spots and ascended at the second
position at the latest world junior ranking. The latest BWF junior ranking
2018, was revealed on July 26th by the Badminton World Federation. This is how
the incredible performance of the junior has paid off. Lakshya trounced the
World No 1, Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in a captivating battle for the
title of Men’s Singles, at the Asia Junior Championships 2018. Because of his
noteworthy performance, his BWF junior ranking points have also inflated.
It was the first time, when
both the shuttlers met for a battle. Lakshya has an attitude of never getting
intimidated by the ranking or the age of his opponent. The 16-year-old shuttler
has lost just one single game in all the matches and reached to the finals
where he stunned the World No 1. With this victory, Lakshya has celebrated the
biggest title of his career as a junior player.
In the junior tournaments,
he has won total 2 laurels, including a bronze that he clinched in 2016. After
PV Sindhu and late Gautam Thakkar, he has become the third Indian to claim the
Yellow medal at the Asian Junior Championships. Lakshya is just one spot away
from the World No 1 ranking, which he also acquired in August 2017.
The Indian junior badminton
players BWF rankings 2018 have also more names other categories along with the
Men’s Singles category. Here, apart from Lakshya, the only Indian shuttler, who
has climbed up and reached in the top 25 is Kartikey Gulshan Kumar. However, he
has slipped from the seventh to the eight ranking.
Kiran George has also
showcased his talent at the Asian Junior Championships and left a positive
impression with his fantastic performance. The Indian shuttler has reached till
the 16th round and has also climbed up to the 16th place from a whopping 40th
Purva Barve is consistent at
the 8th place meanwhile, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka dropped two spots and landed at
6th. On the other hand, Aakarshi Kashyap was thrown out of the championship in
the second round which made her fall to 12th.
The Men’s Doubles pair of
Krishna Prasad Ganga and Dhruv Kapila have climbed up five places and reached
to 10th. The pair of Manipuri boys, Manjit Singh Khwairakpan and Dingku Singh
Konthoujam not just made it to the quarterfinals but they propelled the
enormous jump in the ranking and reached to the 51st place from the 86th.