Singapore shuttler Yeo Jia Min is No. 1 in junior world rankings

Singapore shuttler Yeo Jia Min is No. 1 in junior world rankings
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Bravo to our homegirl Yeo Jia Min for becoming the world No. 1 badminton junior!

On Thursday (June 8), the 18-year-old was crowned first in the U19 (Under-19s) category by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), dethroning Malaysia's Goh Jin Wei.

Photo: Screengrab from BWF

According to Today, Yeo is the first Singaporean to have made the top spot in BWF's junior rankings which started in 2011.

Just last year, the womens' singles player had won the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Grand Prix which saw her ascend to world No. 2 junior.

Earlier this year, she emerged champion in the Yonex Dutch Junior International as well.

Despite that, she dropped seven spots on the overall women's singles ranking from 55th to 62nd last month.

But that didn't discourage her from training harder, and her title as the top junior has certainly proven her capabilities.

“I feel encouraged," she said in the Today report.  "I take it step by step and it’s something to continue to push me [to do better]."

"I don’t aim [to do well specifically] for rankings, but it’s part of the process."

Yeo will be making her way to three competitions next, as we cheer her on at the Crown Group Competition from June 20-25, Yonex Open Taiwan from June 27-July 2 and Asia Junior Championships from July 22-30.

Hopefully these tournaments will prepare her well as she represents Singapore in the SEA Games come August.

ongymm@sph.com.sg

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