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Badminton Rankings of the World’s Best Players!

Badminton is a popular sport played by millions of people around the world. It requires speed, agility, and precision, making it a challenging and exciting game to watch. Over the years, there have been many talented badminton players who have risen to the top of the sport. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the best badminton players in the world and rank them based on their performance and achievements.

Introduction to Badminton Rankings

Badminton players are ranked based on their performance in various tournaments and competitions. The rankings are determined by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), which is the governing body for the sport. The rankings are updated regularly to reflect the current form and standing of the players.

The rankings are divided into several categories, including men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Each category has its own set of top players who have distinguished themselves through their skill and success on the court.

In this article, we will focus on the top players in the men’s singles and women’s singles categories, as these are the most prestigious and competitive events in badminton.

Badminton Rankings

Rankings for Men’s Singles

BWF World Rankings (Men’s singles)
as of 7 May 2024[9]
#   Country Players Points Highest peak
Rank Date
1 Steady  Denmark Viktor Axelsen 98,715 1 September 28, 2017
2 Steady  China Shi Yuqi 94,915 2 August 24, 2017
3 Steady  Indonesia Jonatan Christie 91,727 2 January 31, 2023
4 Steady  Denmark Anders Antonsen 88,391 2 September 27, 2022
5 Steady  Japan Kodai Naraoka 83,597 2 December 12, 2023
6 Steady  China Li Shifeng 83,456 3 October 31, 2023
7 Steady  Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 79,701 2 January 24, 2023
8 Steady  Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 79,588 3 June 6, 2023
9 Steady  India Prannoy H. S. 75,982 6 August 29, 2023
10 Steady  Malaysia Lee Zii Jia 69,856 2 October 25, 2022
11 Increase 2  India Lakshya Sen 65,138 6 November 8, 2022
12 Decrease 1  Japan Kenta Nishimoto 64,982 9 September 6, 2018
13 Decrease 1  Singapore Loh Kean Yew 64,752 3 November 8, 2022
14 Steady  Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 62,498 2 August 6, 2019
15 Steady  Hong Kong, China Lee Cheuk Yiu 61,699 13 January 23, 2024
16 Increase 1  Chinese Taipei Lin Chun-yi 60,261 16 May 7, 2024
17 Decrease 1  China Weng Hongyang 59,950 15 February 20, 2024
18 Steady  Malaysia Ng Tze Yong 58,735 14 November 21, 2023
19 Steady  China Lu Guangzu 56,691 10 January 17, 2023
20 Steady  France Toma Junior Popov 55,455 20 April 16, 2024

Rankings for Women’s singles

BWF World Rankings (Women’s singles)
as of 16 April 2024[10]
#   Country Players Points Highest peak
Rank Date
1 Steady  South Korea An Se-young 111,314 1 August 1, 2023
2 Steady  China Chen Yufei 102,596 1 December 17, 2019
3 Increase 2  Spain Carolina Marín 93,736 1 June 11, 2015
4 Steady  Japan Akane Yamaguchi 93,517 1 April 19, 2018
5 Decrease 2  Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 92,736 1 December 1, 2016
6 Steady  China He Bingjiao 76,274 5 November 15, 2022
7 Steady  China Han Yue 75,486 7 March 19, 2024
8 Increase 1  China Wang Zhiyi 75,148 6 January 31, 2023
9 Decrease 1  Indonesia Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 72,271 7 July 4, 2023
10 Steady  United States Beiwen Zhang 68,556 9 June 22, 2017
11 Increase 2  Japan Aya Ohori 64,417 11 April 16, 2024
12 Decrease 1  Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 63,073 1 April 21, 2016
13 Increase 1  South Korea Kim Ga-eun 61,940 12 December 19, 2023
14 Decrease 2  India P. V. Sindhu 61,222 2 April 1, 2017
15 Steady  China Zhang Yiman 58,354 13 September 19, 2023
16 Steady  Thailand Supanida Katethong 57,244 14 November 7, 2023
17 Steady  Japan Nozomi Okuhara 57,027 1 October 29, 2019
18 Increase 1  Singapore Yeo Jia Min 53,396 16 December 7, 2021
19 Decrease 1  Thailand Pornpawee Chochuwong 53,179 8 October 4, 2022
20 Steady  Thailand Busanan Ongbamrungphan 52,180 10 November 1, 202

Who is the Best Men’s Singles Player?

1. Kento Momota (Japan)

BADMINTON | World No. 1 Kento Momota Grateful for Opportunity to Vie for  Olympic Glory | JAPAN Forward

Kento Momota is widely regarded as the best men’s singles player in the world. The Japanese player has dominated the sport in recent years, winning numerous titles and accolades. Momota’s speed and agility on the court make him a formidable opponent, and his ability to control the game with his powerful shots and precise placement sets him apart from his competitors.

2. Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)

BWF News

Viktor Axelsen is another top contender in the men’s singles category. The Danish player has a strong attacking style and is known for his powerful smashes and quick footwork. Axelsen has won several major tournaments, including the All England Open and the World Championships, solidifying his place among the best in the world.

3. Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei)

Chinese Taipei's Chou top-seeded at BWF Australian Open - but China's Lin  Dan lurks

Chou Tien Chen is a rising star in men’s singles badminton. The Chinese Taipei player has a versatile playing style, with a mix of power and finesse that keeps his opponents on their toes. Chou has had success in several international competitions, including the Asian Games and the BWF World Tour Finals.

4. Anders Antonsen (Denmark)

Antonsen digs deep to prevail but Danish trio lose at BWF World  Championships

Anders Antonsen is another Danish player who has made a name for himself in the men’s singles category. Antonsen is known for his aggressive playing style and his ability to dictate the pace of the game. He has won several titles on the BWF circuit and is considered a strong contender for future major championships.

5. Jonatan Christie (Indonesia)

Singapore Open 2023: Jonatan Christie out in first round

Jonatan Christie is a talented Indonesian player who has quickly risen through the ranks in men’s singles badminton. Christie’s speed and agility on the court make him a formidable opponent, and his ability to execute precise shots under pressure has earned him several titles on the international stage.

Who is the Best Women’s Singles Player?

1. Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)

Tai Tzu-ying wins silver medal in Olympic final - Taipei Times

Tai Tzu Ying is widely regarded as the best women’s singles player in the world. The Chinese Taipei player is known for her deceptive playing style and her ability to outmaneuver her opponents with her quick footwork and sharp strokes. Tai has won numerous titles, including the All England Open and the BWF World Championships, cementing her status as a top player in the sport.

2. Carolina Marin (Spain)

Carolina Marin wins European Championship on return from ACL injury -  Sportstar

Carolina Marin is a Spanish player who has made a name for herself in women’s singles badminton. Marin is known for her aggressive playing style and her ability to dominate opponents with her powerful smashes and quick movements. Marin has won several major championships, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships, making her one of the most successful players in the sport.

3. Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)

Japan's Okuhara wins battle of world champions at Denmark Open - CGTN

Nozomi Okuhara is a talented Japanese player who has proven herself as a top contender in women’s singles badminton. Okuhara’s speed and agility on the court make her a tough opponent to beat, and her ability to retrieve difficult shots and turn defense into offense has earned her several titles on the international circuit.

4. Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)

Badminton: World No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand fancies her chances at  Singapore Open | The Straits Times

Ratchanok Intanon is a skilled Thai player who has impressed fans and critics alike with her talent and determination on the court. Intanon’s versatility and creativity in her shots make her a unique player to watch, and her ability to stay calm under pressure has helped her secure victories in several prestigious tournaments.

5. Pusarla V. Sindhu (India)

Pusarla V. Sindhu, also known as PV Sindhu, is an Indian player who has made a name for herself in women’s singles badminton. Sindhu’s height and reach give her a distinct advantage on the court, allowing her to execute powerful smashes and aggressive shots. Sindhu has won several titles, including the World Championships and the BWF World Tour Finals, establishing herself as a top player in the sport.


Badminton is a fast-paced and exciting sport that requires skill, agility, and precision. The top players in the world have earned their rankings through hard work, determination, and talent on the court. As the sport continues to grow in popularity, we can expect to see more talented players rise to the top and compete for the title of the world’s best badminton player.

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