Badminton has won so many hearts in recent years. After cricket, it has become very famous in India. Every match of Sindhu forces the viewers to hold their breaths. However, badminton now not only has experienced players’ astonishing performance but also has a big contribution of the young players.
After the amazing performance from the badminton contingent at the Tokyo Olympics, the group showed its noteworthy performance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this year. This article will cover the top 10 best female badminton players in India.
Best Female Badminton Players in India
PV Sindhu is so far the best female badminton player in India. She is the inspiration of the learning badminton players. Just at 27 years old, Sindhu has achieved a lot. She comes from Hyderabad and currently holds 6th rank in the world. Sindhu is currently coached by a former South Korean player Park Tae-Sang.
Sindhu’s achievements list goes on with numerous awards. She has won accolades on two occasions at the world’s greatest sports event. She earned a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and a bronze in Tokyo 2020. Her contribution to the Commonwealth Games secured her back-to-back gold medals in 2018 and 2022. Sindhu won the gold medal in her latest World Championship 2019 in Basel. Her dedication and passion for badminton has made her different from others.
Another name that comes after PV Sindhu for badminton fans is Saina Nehwal. Nehwal has earned a lot of fame during her days of badminton. The downfall of her badminton career started in 2018. Originating from Hyderabad, like many other fellow badminton players, Nehwal’s coach was Puella Gopichand.
Sainsa currently holds 33rd rank at the international level, far from her career-best ranking of No. 1. Recently she triumphed in a major tournament in Gold Coast when she earned gold at the Commonwealth Games. In 2012, Nehwal won the bronze at the London Olympics, which made her come into the list of the few who won an Olympic medal in the 21st century.
Malvika Bansod is a young and new badminton player, who comes from Maharashtra. She is just 22 years old and achieved international titles in the badminton world. Her current ranking in the world is 39th. She was coached by Sanjay Mishra.
Bansod has won several gold medals in the junior and senior categories at the national level. Coming into the badminton world early, Bansod doesn’t have so much to show. But her presence in the international challenges, where she won four titles, made her different from others. Bansod also has the title of solitary runner-up-finish at the World Tour.
Aakarshi Kashyap is one of the young badminton players on the list. This 21-year-old girl comes from Durg, Chattisgarh, and is currently ranked 44th on the international badminton list. Her zeal for badminton made her work toward her matches.
She is also making her way into the thick of major tournaments. Kashyap helped the team secure a silver medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Her participation brought the medal. She also won the gold medal in the team event at the South Asian Games in 2019.
Anupama Upadhyaya is another youngster, who made her way into the international badminton list. She is only 17 years old but her passion for badminton makes her more mature in her sport. She currently holds 53rd rank in the world.
She is a student of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru. Anupama has yet to bring medals at the top levels. However, she has two BWF challenges/series titles and is a former BWF World Junior Number 2. Recently Anupama earned the title of Indian national Badminton champion in women’s singles in 2023.
Ashmita Chaliha is a 23-year-old badminton player, who comes from Guwahati Assam. She was trained for badminton at the Assam Badminton Academy, and coached by Edwin Iriawan and Pullela Gopichand. Ashmita played as a member of the Indian team for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
She won her first senior international title at the 2018 Dubai International Challenge in the women’s singles. But the list of her achievements doesn’t stop here. Ashmita earned the gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Fames in the singles and team events. With her hard work in the sport, Ashmita holds the 57th international rank.
Tanya Hemanth is another young Indian badminton player, who is showing her skills on the court very well. She comes from Banglore. Her international ranking holds 64th position, which is one short of her career-best ranking. Tanya has earned most of her achievements at the junior level.
She has two BWF Junior international titles. Tanya was trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. She has won the gold medalist title in women’s singles at the Iran Fajr International Challenge badminton tournament.
Samiya Imad Farooqui
Born in Feb 2003, Samiya is a 19-year-old badminton player. She comes from Hyderabad and was trained by the former badminton player Puella Gopichand. Farooqui is currently ranked 65th in the world, one below Tanya Hemanth.
Farooqui’s achievements at the junior level are astonishing. She won the Under-15 Asian Championships in 2017. She holds two BWF international titles and 3 runner-ups. Farooqui was a runner-up in the BWF world tour. This 19YO girl is prepared to step into the senior level with all her dedication.
Ira Sharma also comes in the youngster badminton category. She is 22Yo and is ranked 66th internationally.
Tasnim Mir is the second-youngest badminton player on the list. She is 17 years old and comes from Gujarat. Her current ranking is 72nd in the world. Like other young players, Tasnim has numerous junior titles to her name.
She won the U-15 singles and doubles titles at the national junior tournaments in Hyderabad and Nagpur. Tasnim has put her name in the BWF junior international seven times in only three years. She has two BWF international Challenge/series titles