Yeo Jia Min Becomes Women’s No.1 Junior Player
After Joseph Schooling’s historic gold medal at Rio 2016, we finally have another Singaporean who is the best in the world at what they do.
18-year-old Badminton player Yeo Jia Min has done our country proud as she emerged as the No.1 Under 19 player in the world on Thursday (June 8), when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the junior world rankings for women.
Yeo ousted Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei to win the top seed spot, and put Singapore on top for the first time in the BWF’s 6-year history.
Impressive Track Record
This comes hot on the heels of Yeo’s victory at the Yonex Dutch Junior International in March and her triumph at the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Grand Prix in July last year.
She jumped from her No.3 spot earlier this year to her current place at the top, making her one of Singapore’s most prospective athletes.
Currently, she holds the 62nd spot on the senior list, but considering her young age, she shows a lot of potential. With 2 adult tournaments in sight, she could push that number up, maybe even surpassing her personal best of 55th seed.
Epitome Of Humility
Not only does Yeo have excellent badminton skills, she has a stellar attitude too. She told Today that she hadn’t even been tracking her ranking, and had only found out of her victory after her mother had texted her about it.
She explained that she wasn’t in the game for the rankings, but she had felt motivated by her success. She was also quoted as saying:
I aim to do my best for every competition and whatever I’ve been working on (in training), I want to see the progress on court.
With a lot of hard work and dedication, Yeo has definitely made Singapore proud. She is truly an inspiration to all aspiring athletes in our Lion City.
We wish her all the best in all her future competitions, and hope that she attains the same success in the senior category as well.
Good Job Jia Min, Thank you for carrying the Singapore flag to the top!
Featured image from bwfbadminton.com