Most of us are well aware of the fact that Badminton has been one of the most popular sports across the globe. The entry of Badminton in the Olympic Games in the year 1992 brought about an uproar of enthusiasm from fans. Right behind soccer stands Badminton that continues to be the most participatory sport. Today, let us check out the list of badminton players - both men and women who have earned their reputation in this field.
Best Badminton Players Men:
Some endless players have earned their names in this field. However, only a few could make it up to the top. Here is their list of names from where you will know all their achievements and their careers.
1. Kento Momota –
Kento Momota is number one in the BWF world rankings and number 3 in the world tour rankings. He has 293 career wins, and in 2019, he won 28 matches. He is considered fast and flexible with the attack; that is why he is the best when it comes to the game of Badminton. He is known for his unpredictable style of play and his explosive moments on the court.
2. Shi Yu Qi –
He has won 192 matches from 256 that he played, and he is considered a robust Chinese player as he won his first super series title in the 2016 French super series. In the All England open, he defeated the 6-time champion Lin Dan in the Semi-finals and then in the finals to win the most prestigious title.
3. Viktor Axelsen-
Hailing from Scotland, he won the title of the world champion by beating Lin Dan in the straight sets. Besides, he became the first European player by taking it away from Kang Ji-Wook in the Finals. His father introduced him to the game when he was six years old and started his journey to become one of the greatest in the game of Badminton.
4. Chou Tien – Chen –
He is a player from Taiwan, and he won the Chinese Taipei Open, Grand Prix Gold mens singles titles since Fung Permadi won it in the year 1999. At 2014, Yonex French Open, He won the First BWF super series Title after beating Wang Zhegming of China in the finals. He has consecutively won the record of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold titles from the year 2012 -2014.
5. Chen Long –
He is the Olympic Champion, All England Champion and Two-time world champion as well. He represented the Chinese national badminton team in the Thomas and Uber Cup of 2018. He defeated Pronnoy Kumar and Brice leverdez from France. Chen Long is an excellent player with consistent wins and has a significant career in Badminton.
6. SON Wan Ho –
South Korea has great athletes, and Son Wan Ho is one of the substantial valuable players to have an outstanding career in Badminton. He began playing Badminton in elementary school and developed the style of playing defensively. He helped the Korean team to reach the finals at the Surdiman cup and won the tournament as well. He is one of the great players from South Korea to play the BWF world championships.
7. Anthony Sinisuka GENTING –
Coming from Indonesia, he was the bronze medalist in the World Junior Championships singles for Boys, and he was at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic. He played the quarter-finals and over Indias Srikanth Kidambi in the second round of the BCA Indonesian open super series premiere. Ginting was also part of the Indonesian means team that won Gold in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in the year 2015.
8. Srikanth Kidambi –
IN 2018, he became the highest-ranked badminton player in the world, he trains, at the Gopichand badminton academy I Hyderabad and supported by the GoSports Foundation. Li Ning also sponsors him, and in 2018, he was awarded the Padma Shri. He is one of the best players to represent India internationally and in the commonwealth games in the Gold coast, Kidambi won Gold at a mixed event and achieved the number one ranking in the world.
9. Jonatan Christie –
Belong from Tangkas specs, a badminton club from Jakarta. He won his first title at the age of 15 in Indonesia international challenge, beating Alamsyah Yunus in the Finals. He won against Chou –Tien Chen, the Gold medal for Indonesia. He has been an exceptional badminton player to represent his country.
10. Kenta Nishimoto –
Reached the finals of the Russia open Grand Prix tournament, was defeated by Vladimir Ivanov from Russia and became the runner up. He remains among the top ten players in the world rankings. Kenta Nishimoto is an iconic badminton player from Japan.
The Best Badminton Players Women-
1. Tai Tzu –Ying -
She won the Taiwanese ranking competition, when she was 16 years old, and he becomes the first youngest women player in badminton history of Taiwan. She was also the finalist of the 2010 Singapore super series, and she won her first international title at the Us Open Grand Prix Gold in the year 2011. Ying has defeated world-class players and won six consecutive titles.
2. Nozomi Okuhara –
She is known as a singles specialist, and she is very well known for her agility, speed and endurance. She becomes the world Champion in Glasgow in the year 2017 after she defeated PV Sindhu in the finals. Nozomi has been playing Badminton since 2002 eight years later in the year 2010, she made her debut and joined the nationals team.
3. Chen Yufei -
In 2016 she won the Girls junior title in singles at the Asia championship. She earned her first senior title – the Macau Grand gold in 2016 and the year 2017, she was given the eddy Choong Most promising player of the year. Chen Yufei is a talented player who has represented China in several badminton games.
4. Akane Yamaguchi –
Yamaguchi is known as the single specialist who is a part of the Japanese Kumamoto Saishukan badminton team. She got the Number one ranking in BWF womens individual ranking and achieved the distinction as the first player to do that. She won her first super series in Korea open against Sung Ji Hyun and followed that win in the Denmark open.
5. P.V Sindhu –
She is a top player from India as she became the first Indian women to win an Olympic silver medal. She was also won silver in The Commonwealth games in 2018 in the singles. She is among the top 5 shuttlers in the womens singles category in the world. She defeated Okuhara in the world tour Final in the years 2018. She has been the second-best player in Badminton after Saina Nehwal.
6. He Bing Jiao-
She began her badminton training at the Suzhou Junior sports school at the age of 7, then later on at Nanjing she received tougher training. She made her first international open in 2013 in the Vietnam open. She competed at the Summer Youth Olympics winning bronze for the mixed doubles and god in the girls singles. She is among the notable players to play from China.
7. Ratchanok Intanon -
She became the first Thai player to become the number one in the womens singles. She has a relaxed hitting motion and her footwork. she won her first international title in 2009 at the age of 14 and she has won the Vietnam international challenge. She also reached the SEA games 2009. At the age of15 in the year 2010, she also defended her title in junior championships title in Mexico.
8. Carolina Marin –
Marin is a Spanish badminton player who is a three-time world champion, the worlds Number one in the former ranking with a four-time European Champion. She is considered to be one of the fine players of Badminton in the world. She won her first Olympic gold medal in the womens singles at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She was a brand ambassador of LaLiga for its promotions in different countries. Her career has outstretched as a badminton player.
9. Saina Nehwal –
Alongside sindhu, Nehwal has set her career graph high enough including – over 24 international titles, having eleven super series titles. Therefore, after Prakash Padukone she became the first Indian women player to reach the success and winning international titles. She represented India three Times in the Olympics and won a bronze in her second appearance.
10. Sunj Ji Hyun –
She is a South Korean badminton player from Seoul. Her parents were former internationally recognized badminton players, which competed in the 80s. She is the number 7 in the world in that discipline. Very recognized player and has played against the number one players in the world.
The lists of both men and women players in Badminton who are in the top ten in the world rankings are listed in this article and you can dig each of these players individually if you want to know more about each ones career.