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Jia Min Makes History

Badminton World Federation Junior Rankings

Desmond Tan
General Manager, Badminton Academy

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Take a look at Yeo Jia Min’s young career, and one can clearly see the 18-year old prove there is a first time for everything. 

Not only was she the first badminton player to win the Straits Times Star of the Month award twice, she was also the first Singaporean to win gold at the Badminton Asia Under 17 Junior Championships in the Singles and Doubles event concurrently.

Jia Min can now add another first to her list of accomplishments after the Badminton World Federation’s 8 June rankings saw her leapfrog Goh Jin Wei to become the first Singaporean to be ranked World Junior No.1 

To give her achievement some perspective, this is the first time a Singaporean has topped either the junior or senior circuits in both singles and doubles categories. 

Jia Min’s latest accolade caps a spectacular 12 months for her after she won her first professional title at the Vietnam Grand Prix in July 2016 as well as the Dutch Junior event in March this year, her third international U19 title.

With the her new world ranking in tow, Jia Min will now look towards a good showing at the upcoming Asia Junior Championships and World Junior Championships – her last two competitions in the junior circuit.

The Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist will be ineligible to take part in the junior circuit when she turns 19 in February, when she will compete solely in the senior category. 

Jia Min is ranked No.62 on the senior circuit, the second highest Singaporean behind Sports School alumna and World No.28 Liang Xiao Yu.