Badminton is undeniably one of the most popular sports in the world. This sport is widely played in Asian countries due to its popularity in the region. Badminton is also a major event in the Olympics wherein the best players in the world compete for a gold medal. Badminton is also governed by a special body that regulates and improves the sports of badminton. The tournaments spearheaded by the Badminton World Federation are also a benchmark to pronounce the best badminton players globally.
1. Lee Chong Wei
He is a Malaysian professional badminton player. From August 2008 until June 2012, he was rated one in the world in singles. He holds the distinction of being the only Malaysian player to be ranked top in the world for more than a year. In terms of Olympic accomplishments, he has three silver medals and is Malaysia’s sixth Olympic medalist. He adored Sun Jun of China as a child. Sun Jun has previously held the title of World Champion. Lee Chong is widely regarded as one of the best players Malaysia has created in the previous ten years.
2. Chen Long
Chen Long is dubbed the Little Dan after following one of the greatest badminton players in China. He is currently ranked No.2 in the world, following Lee Chong Wei on the ladder. This 25-year-old prodigy started his career in a junior championship in the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships. He won against Lee Chong Wei in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the Gold medal bout, making him the new world champion for the men’s single category. He has two world and All England titles. Chen has confessed that he has always admired and aspired to become like the two great legendary players Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, whom he first saw in the Beijing Olympics.
3. Lin Dan
The number three spot is taken by a Chinese player named Lin Dan. At the age of 33, he is still competing professionally, facing younger players in the sport. Lin Dan was one of the most decorated badminton players globally when he achieved the Super Grand Slam by winning all nine major badminton titles. He’s known for his risky playstyle of smashing towards the sidelines, which is a risky move, especially under pressure. Despite his age, he is sure one of the players to watch out for with his trick shots and out-of-the-world moves.
4. Viktor Axelsen
A 23-year-old player from Denmark with a bright future in the game of Badminton. Viktor Axelsen stands out among Badminton’s rising talents. He was the first European player to be the title winner in the 2010 world junior championships of the BWF. In the same year, he made his professional debut, claiming the Cyprus International. Upon debuting to the professional league, he found himself lagging behind the seasoned players of the league; but, with his young age and the potential he possesses, he will undoubtedly become the next great thing.
5. Jan O. Jorgensen
Jan O. Jorgensen is another Danish player to join the ranks following Viktor. In 2014, he was crowned European champion. He also competes in the Denmark Badminton League with SIF(Skovshoved). He won the bronze medal at the 2008 European Badminton Championships and 2012 European Badminton Championships. Many people are unaware that Jan O Jorgensen had a relationship with cricket when he was a youngster.
1. Carolina Marin
Carolina Marin is the top female player in the world of Badminton as of today. Winning the Women’s Single World Championship in 2014 and 2015 escalate her ranking to the No.1 spot in the women’s leaderboards. She is the first Spanish player to reach the top of the women’s singles rankings. She just won a gold medal at the Olympics after dominating India’s PV Sindhu. She possesses a strong smash and moves faster around the court than anybody else. She is the sole left-handed player in the global rankings. Marin’s mental grit and determination to succeed continue to astound everyone.
2. Wang Yihan
She is a retired professional badminton player from China. She started her professional badminton career when at only nine years of age. She occupied the number one spot in 2009. She won accolades for her action-packed performance in the 2012 Olympics and 2011 World Championships, 2006 World Cup, and Asian Championships in 2011 and 2013. She made the junior squad in 2004, and after being promoted to the senior team in 2006, she began to excel in big events.
3. Li Xuerui
She is a professional Chinese badminton player with a spectacular record for winning the 2012 London Olympic Gold Medal and a World Championship runner-up in 2013 and 2014. Outstanding technique, mental and physical power, and excellent court coverage made her badminton career go to her liking. She is currently holding the number 3 spot in the world.
4. Ratchanok Intanon
Ratchanok Intanon currently holds ninth place in the world rankings. In 2013, at the age of 19, she became one of the youngest women to win a singles World Championship. Aside from that, she has won the Junior Championship three years in succession, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She is the first Thai player to reach the top of the Women’s Singles rankings. She is noted for her relaxed striking motion and nimble footwork, which observers have described as ‘balletic.’
5. Tai Tzu-Ying
Tai Tzu-Ying is a Taiwanese badminton player who won the Taiwanese Ranking Competition at the age of 16. As a result, she is the youngest number one in Taiwanese badminton history. Her deceptive shots and fantastic skill set her apart from the other players. Tai won the gold medal in women’s singles at both the 2018 Asian Games and the 2017 Summer Universiade. She won the Asian Championships back-to-back, the Superseries Finals at the end of the year, and the All England Open, the oldest event globally. She won the silver medal in singles at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympics.