Junior World No 1 Indian shuttler Tasnim Mir notched a three-game win over Yulia Yosephine Susanto of Indonesia in the final of the Iran Fajr International Challenge on Friday.
The 16-year-old, who hails from Mehsana, Gujarat, became the first Indian woman shuttler to claim the world no. 1 status in u-19 singles, beating the second-ranked Susato 21-11, 11-21, 21-7 in 51 minutes.
Tasnim dedicated the win to her coach. For four years, she has been getting trained under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan at the Assam Badminton Academy in Guwahati. Tasnim is currently ranked 404 in the senior world rankings.
Tasnim defeated Iran’s Nazanin Zamani, Armenia’s Lilit Poghosyan, Iran’s Fatemeh Babaei, India’s Samayara Panwar on her way to the title outwitting World Number 71 Martina Repiska in the semifinals.
Tasnim is also the first Indian to achieve number 1 ranking. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was ranked second at best during her U-19 days.
She has also achieved a lot of success at the junior level before winning the title on Friday.
She has won the national junior champion (U-19) at 14. She has also claimed the national crown in under-13, under-15 and under-19 girl’s singles.
In 2019, she won Asian U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships in Indonesia.
Tasnim also won U-15 singles and doubled titles at the All-India Sub-Junior ranking tournaments in Hyderabad and Nagpur in 2018.