Indian shuttler Siril Varma attains BWF junior world number one ranking
In a matter of six months, India's Varma has gone from being unseeded to world number one.
A prodigal World junior badminton Championship silver medal has seen Indian shuttler Siril Varma climb to number one in the recently released BWF rankings.
Last year in November, Varma entered the 128 shuttler World Championship main round unseeded. He would go onto win six matches, including victories over seeded opponents such as Anders Antosen from Denmark and Thailand’s Adulrach Namkul. The 15-year old narrowly missed out on the world title, losing 21-17, 10-21, 7-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu in the final.
The shuttler, who is represented by Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) trains under Pullela Gopichand at his Academy. OGQ Chief, Viren Rasquinha said, “Full credit to P. Gopichand for Siril Verma's ascent to the top of the junior rankings, OGQ has been supporting him for last 4 years.”
Siril showed sparks of development at the age of 13, when he was crowned the Asian junior Champion. He was also the first ever Indian to achieve this feat. In 2013, he would go onto lift the Asia U-15 Championship Trophy as well.
In 2014, Siril was admitted to the hospital, after playing 10 straight matches in just three days. The hospitalisation didn’t stop him from making a comeback to play the All India junior badminton final. He went onto defeat Lakshya Sen convincingly in the final.
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