10 Best Badminton Players in the World

This blog will look at the 10 best badminton players in the world, highlighting what makes them unique in their area. This list is likely to impress and inspire you, whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the sport.

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. 

 Updated 2023

Men's division

1. Viktor Axelsen

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

Viktor Axelsen is currently the number 1 men’s singles badminton player according to the BWF rankings in 2023. The Danish badminton player has excelled in the sport for many years. Axelsen, who was born in Odense, Denmark on January 4, 1994, has won several major championships, including the men’s singles gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2017 BWF World Championships, and the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals. He is noted on the court for his strong smash and quickness, as well as his mental toughness and smart play. Axelsen is largely considered to be one of the finest men’s singles badminton players of his time and remains a dominant force in the sport.

 

2. Lin Dan

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

The number two 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.

 

3. Lee Chong Wei

10 Best Badminton Players in the World - Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei 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. 

4. Taufik Hidayat

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

Taufik Hidayat is a retired Indonesian badminton player who was born on August 10, 1981, in Bandung, Indonesia, began playing badminton at an early age and rapidly shown great skill. Throughout his career, he won multiple major championships, including the men’s singles gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2005 BWF World Championships, and the 2006 Asian Games. Hidayat was a powerful force in men’s singles badminton during the early 2000s, known for his beautiful playing style and excellent footwork. He withdrew from professional play in 2013 and currently works as a sports analyst and ambassador.

5. Peter Gade

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

Peter Gade is a retired Danish badminton player largely considered as one of his generation’s best men’s singles players. Gade, who was born on December 14, 1976 in Aalborg, Denmark, began playing badminton at an early age and rapidly shown great skill. Throughout his career, he won multiple major championships, including the men’s singles gold medal at the 1999 BWF World Championships and the 2001 All England Open. Gade was a strong force in men’s singles badminton throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, known for his graceful playing style, deceptive strokes, and mental tenacity. In 2012, he announced his retirement from professional baseball.

woMen's division

1. Carolina Marin

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

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. AKANE YAMAGUCHI

Top 5 Female Badminton Players 2023 - AKANE YAMAGUCHI

Akane Yamaguchi is the reigning two-time World Champion, having won gold in the women’s singles at the World Championships in 2021 and 2022. She was a member of Japan’s winning team at the Asian Junior Championships in 2012 and went on to win more women’s singles titles. She subsequently went on to win the World Junior Championships in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Asian Junior Championships in 2014 and the Asian Championships in 2019. She assisted Japan in winning the Asia Team Championships by a maximum score of 3-0 in 2017, 2018, and 2020, as well as ending Japan’s 37-year drought in the Uber Cup in 2018.

 

3. AN SE-YOUNG

Top 5 Female Badminton Players 2023 - AN SE-YOUNG

An Se-young was named the BWF’s 2019 Most Promising Player of the Year. An was chosen to join the national team in 2018, becoming the first junior high school student to do so. She was a member of the national junior squad that won the mixed team championship at the Asian Junior Championships in 2017. She then represented her country in the 2018 Uber Cup in Bangkok and the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she helped the team earn a bronze medal. In 2019, she won the Super 300 New Zealand Open on the BWF World Tour, defeating China’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui in the final.

4. Ratchanok Intanon

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

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

10 Best Badminton Players in the World

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.

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