Top 10 Badminton Players in the World

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Badminton is a very popular sport.It has been played since 100s of years.It takes a lot of determination,practice and hard work to become the best badminton player in the world.If you have ever wondered who are the Top 10 Best Badminton Players in the world then continue to read to discover the Top Badminton Players in the World right now!

1.Kento Momota

#1 Best Badminton Player

Kento Momota is a Japanese Badminton Player.He has won several major Badminton Tournaments including World Championships titles(2018 and 2019), two Asian Championships titles (2018 and 2019) and one England title (2019)

What are his specialities in Badminton?

He is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of play.

It is said that he was interested in Badminton since a very young age.Following his interest,he practiced badminton day-in and day-out to to reach his highest potential.

He also won 4 BWF World Tour titles in 2018: Indonesia Open, Japan Open, Denmark Open and Fuzhou China Open.

2.Chou Tien-Chen

#2 Best Badminton Player

Chou Tien-Chen is a world class Badminton Player from Taiwan,representing Chinese Taipie.

He is the first local shuttler in 17 years to win the men’s single title of the Chinese Taipei Open in 2016.He won his first super BWF Super Series title at the 2014 Yonex French Open.He is also the record holder of three consecutive Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold titles from 2012 till 2014

3.Shi Yuqi

#3 Best Badminton Player

Shi Yuqi is a Chinese Badminton Player.He won his first Super Series title in the 2016 French Super Series.

He has defeated 6-times Champion Lin Dan to reach the final and repeated the same feat again at the 2018 All England Open, where he outclassed Lin Dan in the tournament final, winning the most prestigious tournament of his career!

4.Anders Antonsen

#4 Best Badminton Player

Anders Antonsen is a Danish Badminton Player.

He won the gold medal at the 2015 European Junior Championships in the boys singles event, and at the same year was awarded the European Young Player of the Year.

He has also won the European Men’s Team Championships in 2016 and 2018 and European Mixed Team Championships in 2017 and 2019.

Antonsen was the Champion at the 2019 Minsk European Games,and the Silver medalists at the 2017 European Championships, and the 2019 World Championships.

He started his career at just six years of age.It is said that he learned Badminton from his father who worked at one the badminton clubs in Denmark.

5.Chen Long

#5 Best Badminton Player

Chen Long is a Chinese Badminton Player.He is the reigning Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion and All England Champion.

He won the World Junior Championship in the 2007 BWF World Junior Championships.He also became the Asion Junior Champion in the 2007 Asian Junior Badminton Championships.

6.Jonatan Christie

#6 Best Badminton Player

Jonantan Christie is an Indonesian Badminton Player. He is from PB. Tangkas Specs, a badminton club from Jakarta,capital city of Indonesia and plays in men’s singles discipline.

In July 2013, he won his first international senior title at the age of 15 in Indonesia International Challenge, after beating the experienced  Alamsyah Yunus who is 11 years older than him in the final!

7.Victor Axelsen

#7 Best Badminton Player

Axelsen was born in  Odense and at six years old, his father introduced him to badminton, playing the games at the Odense badminton club. His achievements begin by winning the boys’ singles title in 2009 German Junior and also at the under 17 European championships.

Victor Axelsen is a Danish Badminton Player. He became the World Champion by beating Lin Dan in straight sets at the 2017 BWF World Championships held in Glasgow,Scotland.

He was the 2010 World Junior Champion, beating Korea’s Kang Ji-wook in the final to become the first ever European player to hold the title.

He earned his first European crown in May 2016 beating compatriot and defending champion Jan O Jorgensen in the final.

8.Anthony Sinisuka Ginting

#8 Best Badminton Player

He is an Indonesian Badminton Player.  He was the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic and World Junior Championships boys’ singles bronze medalists.

He was introduced to Badminton by his father when he was in kindergarten!

At a very young age, he started taking part in various Badminton tournaments.

Ginting participated at the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, Vietnam International Challenge, Maldives International Challenge, Malaysia International Challenge and Asia Junior Championships in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Taufik Hidayat is his idol in badminton.He is from the same badminton club as Anthony!

9.Srikanth Kidambi

#9 Best Badminton Player

He is an Indian badminton player who trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy,Hyderabad.  He became the highest ranked men’s singles badminton player in the world in April 2018.

Kidambi was awarded with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2018.

Kidambi became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Viktor Axelsen 21–15,12–21,21–14. The same year he also won India Open  Super Series title by defeating Victor Axelsen  in the finals.

At the Commonwealth Games   in Gold Coast, Kidambi was more successful, winning a gold in the mixed team event, and a silver in the singles event. He achieved world number 1 ranking  for a week during this period.

10. Ng Ka Long

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He is a Badminton Player from Hong Kong. He has a career-high ranking of 6 in men’s singles, and has beaten other top 10 players like Lin Dan,Lee Chong Wei,Chen Long,Chou Tien Chen!

He trained Badminton at the Hong Kong Sports institute. His father played an important role in his badminton career.

In 2015, Ng won the men’s singles at the Austrian Open . He later won his first Grand Prix title at the Bitburger Open. He also came second at the Canadian Grand Prix and reached the semifinals at the  Hong Kong Super Series having beaten top 10 players like Lin Dan  and  Chou Tien Chen  before losing to the legendary Lee Chong Wei.

In 2016, Ng made history by becoming the first home player to win the men’s singles title at the Hong Kong Open, beating India’s Sameer Verma in the final!

So what do you think about what makes a great badminton player? Is it just a best badminton racket? Best Badminton shoes? Or are there some other skills that matters to really become an elite badminton player?

Badminton players need to excel in physical,mental,psychological and technical traits.Players must be able to play for around an hour. Being tall and lean may seem advantageous, but they’re not essential for success. Elite badminton players have incredible athletic ability and must possess high levels of speed, agility, strength, flexibility and muscular endurance.

The speed of the game requires elite badminton players to be tactically very good. This includes a high level of visual fitness – for reading the play, anticipating actions and making good strategic decision

They also have more precise reactions and refined eye-hand coordination. This, along with experience, provides them with a greater ability to anticipate stroke outcome and increase their opportunity to win the next shot.

Then, there’s the range of strokes. Some may require generating a lot of power in the body and velocity of the shuttle, such as the jump smash. Other strokes, such as the short serve, require precision movement involving skilful coordination of the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints to hit the shuttle with the required trajectory (path of the shuttle) and speed to ensure accuracy.