Top 10 Badminton Players in the World

There have been many legends in the sport of badminton over the years, and it has become twice as popular since it became an Olympic sport. Chinese players used to win most of the time, but now there are a lot of other great players who have taken over the sport. Badminton is also run by a special foundation BWF that makes rules and tries to make the sport better. The Badminton World Federation also maintains the official world ranking for singles players and pairs. If there were no Badminton World Federation, the sport of badminton would not be half as good.

Let’s see who the top 10 badminton players in the world are.

1. Lin Dan

Lin Dan
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Many people think that the legendary Chinese badminton player Lin Dan was the best men’s singles player of all time. He has won two gold medals in a row at the Olympics, and in 2009 he won the Hong Kong East Asian Games. After he won the All England Open final in 2004, his opponent Peter Gade gave him the nickname “Super Dan.” Since then, his fans and the media have used the name a lot to refer to him because of his success.

2. Lee Chong Wei

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He is a professional badminton player from Malaysia. He is the only Malaysian player to have been ranked number one in the world for over a year. Lee has three silver medals for his work at the Olympics. Lee announced his retirement on June 13, 2019, because it was hard for him to get back in shape after he was diagnosed with nose cancer.

3. Taufik Hidayat

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Taufik Hidayat has won 27 titles in his career, including 6 Indonesian open titles. In addition to all the titles he has won, he still holds the record for the fastest smash in the history of the singles competition. His backhand was where Hidayat excelled most in terms of shot-making. Taufik Hidayat Arena was formally inaugurated as a badminton training facility by Hidayat in the month of December 2012. 

4. Chen Long

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Chen Long’s first tournament was the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships, which was a tournament for young people. He has won two world titles and one for All England. Former world number one Chen held the number one spot in the men’s singles rankings for a total of 76 consecutive weeks, beginning in December 2014 and ending in June 2016.

5. Gao Ling

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Gao is among the most prosperous doubles players in the history of women’s badminton games. She is popular for her consistency, anticipation, and forecourt skill. Moreover, she always maintains a sportive demeanor. She won two gold medals, one bronze medal, and one silver medal in mixed and women’s doubles at the Olympics.

6. Tony Gunawan

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Tony Gunawan is probably one of the best male doubles players in the history of badminton. Tony has won a lot of doubles and mixed doubles titles. In total, he has 35 titles to his name. He first competed for Indonesia and then subsequently switched allegiance to the United States, where he won multiple international accolades, including a gold medal in the Olympics and the title of world champion.

7. Rudy Hartono

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This Indonesian badminton player from the past won the world’s oldest badminton tournament seven times in a row. In 1980, at the IBF World Championships, he won the title. He is widely regarded as one of the best badminton players of all time. He is one of the most well-known players in the annals of the sport’s long and illustrious history.

8. Viktor Axelsen

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At the 2010 World Junior Championships, Viktor Axelsen was the first player from Europe to win the title. He is a young Danish player whose future looks bright and promising. In both 2016 and 2018, Axelsen was victorious in the men’s singles competition in Europe.

9. Li Lingwei

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Li Lingwei is an excellent all-arounder who won three gold medals and two silver medals at the 1985 BWF World Championships. Back then, her net play was the best on the badminton court. As a result, she was chosen for the position of Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee in December of 2016. Li is very active in the movement to increase the number of opportunities for women to participate in sports and ensure that they are fairly represented.

10. Han Aiping

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Han Aiping and Li Lingwei were considered soul sisters because of the numerous laurels they got for the country by playing as a team. At the world championship, she won 3 gold medals and 3 silver medals. She is also one of the best players in the history of the women’s game. She was able to dominate the international singles competition for most of the decade because of her exceptional overhead strokes.

There were our picks for the top 10 badminton players. What are yours?

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