With events such as the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games and the Olympics having taken place in the last year or so, badminton is gaining popularity across many nations.
In this article, I present to you my top 20 female badminton players in the world at the moment.
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Yamaguchi currently holds the top spot in the world rankings for female badminton singles players. She comes from Japan and is 25 years old. Yamaguchi has already achieved quite a lot in the sport and will only be looking to add to her championships in the coming years.
Yamaguchi won back-to-back golds at the 2021 and 2022 World Championships. She also won gold at the 2018 Asian Games, though a medal at the Olympics has eluded her thus far.
28-year-old Tai Tzu-ying comes from Chinese Taipei and has been around the sport for a while now. She has several accolades to her name, among them being the prestigious medal she won at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was also a gold medallist at the 2018 Asian Games. To add to her tally, she has two Asian Championship gold medals and a silver at the World Championships as well.
An Se-young ranks third both on this list and in the world rankings. She is, however, only 20 and has a long way to go in the sport. She has already shown great promise and has taken the fight to some of the best in the world.
Se-young already has a World Championship bronze medal to her name, one she won earlier this year in Tokyo. She also won a gold medal at the 2022 Uber Cup.
24-year-old Chen Yufei ranks fourth in the world at the moment. Despite her short-spanned career, she’s already an Olympic gold-medal winner.
Yufei won the gold medal at Tokyo 2020. She’s a two-time Sudirman Cup gold medallist and also a one-time gold medalist at the Uber Cup. There’s undoubtedly a lot more to come from the youngster.
Carolina Marín currently sits fifth in the world rankings. She is 29 years old and has been around the sport for a while now.
Marín’s achievements in the sport are lengthy. She won an Olympic gold medal in 2016 and is a three-time World Champion as well. To add to these medals, she’s also a six-time European championship gold medallist.
The 27-year-old from Hyderabad is currently ranked sixth in the world and is coached by former South Korean player Park Tae-sang.
Sindhu has won accolades on two occasions at the world’s greatest sports event. Her first Olympic medal came in 2016 as she bagged the silver in Rio. She continued to shine at the Olympics by bagging the bronze in Tokyo 2020. She has also won back-to-back gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in the years 2018 and 2022. Her latest World Championship triumph came in 2019 as she took gold in Basel.
25-year-old Bingjiao is placed seventh in the world at the moment. She has achieved a reasonable amount of accolades thus far in her career.
Bingjiao is a two-time bronze medal winner at the World Championships. She has one gold medal each in the Sudirman Cup and the Uber Cup. She’s still young and has enough time to achieve much more in the sport.
Hailing from Thailand, 27-year-old Ratchanok Intanon currently sits eighth in world rankings. Some would say Intanon’s best days are behind her; she won most of her accolades in the previous decade.
Intanon won the World Championships in 2013 and also took the Asian Championship gold medal in 2015. She’s also a three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medallist.
Pornpawee Chochuwong sits ninth in world rankings. The 24-year-old has seen the majority of her success come in regional tournaments.
Chochuwong has won four gold medals at the South East Asian Games: in 2017, 2019 and two in 2021. Apart from these, however, she is yet to announce herself as a real threat on the international stage.
Aged 26, like her compatriot Chochuwong, Busanan Ongbamtugphan has seen the majority of her success come in regional tournaments.
Ongbamtugphan has won four gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games: two in 2015, one in 2017 and one in 2019. She was also a bronze medallist at the 2018 Asian Games.
Wang Zhiyi is 22 years old and has a pretty good record at the junior level. She has two senior gold medals, one she won at the Asian Championships in 2022 and the other at the 2020 Uber Cup. She also has four gold medals at junior championships to add to her tally.
The 27-year-old Japanese badminton player sits 12th in the world rankings. Okuhara is a bronze medal winner at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She took gold in the 2017 World Championships. She also has an Uber Cup and an Asian Team Championships gold medal to add to her tally.
Michelle Li is an experienced campaigner. The Canadian badminton player is 31 now and is ranked 13th in the world, off a few places from her career-best of eight.
Li has won four gold medals at the Pan American Games and has won nine gold medals in the Pan American Championships. She also won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Aged 30 years old, Takahashi is ranked 14th in the world right now. She has not had a lot of success in her long career, though she has won a few medals in important tournaments. Takahashi won gold at the 2018 Uber Cup. To add to that gold medal, she also won gold in the 2020 Asia Team Championships.
Hailing from China, 22-year-old Han Yue has started off her career quite strong, having already won a few important gold medals. She won the Uber Cup in 2020, while also winning the gold medal in the Asia Mixed Team Championship 2019. She also won a couple of junior-level gold medals in the Asia Junior Championships and the World Junior Championships.
25-year-old Mia Blichfeldt has had reasonable success thus far. The Dane won gold at the 2019 European Games. She also has four gold medals at the European Mixed Team Championships and four more gold medals at the European Women’s Mixed Team Championships.
21-year-old Lalinrat Chaiwan has already won a few regional tournaments and stands at her career-highest ranking of 17. She has already registered two gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games, once in 2017 and once in 2021. Being young, one can be sure to expect medals at high levels from the young Thai player.
Kristy Gilmour is a player from Great Britain who has been around for quite some time now. She is currently 29 years old and has been on the fringe of winning international and regional tournaments.
Gilmour has two medals at the Commonwealth Games. She won silver in Glasgow in 2014 and followed it up with a bronze medal at Gold Coast in 2018. She also has three silver medals at the European Championships.
Line Christophersen is a Danish badminton player. She is only 22 years old and is just breaking through into the international badminton sphere. She has had a few successful wins in regional tournaments.
Christophersen won a gold medal in the 2020 European Women’s Team Championships. She also won a gold medal in the 2021 European Mixed Team Championships.
Yeo Jia Min
Hailing from Singapore, 23-year-old Yeo Jia Min is yet to achieve the heights of winning gold medals in regional tournaments. However, she has won four bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Games. She also has Commonwealth Games bronze medals that she won earlier this year.