Famous 20th Century Badminton Players

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Lee Chong Wei
(Malaysian Former Badminton Player and Three-Time Olympic Silver Medallist)
Lee Chong Wei
43
Birthdate: October 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bagan Serai, Malaysia
Malaysian former badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei held the first rank for 349 weeks as a singles player, thus becoming the only player from his country to be number one for over a year. He is a three-time Olympic silver medalist but quit the game after his cancer diagnosis.
 2 
Lin Dan
(Badminton Player)
Lin Dan
18
Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Longyan

With 666 career wins, including two Olympic and two World Cup golds, Lin Dan is one of the veterans of Chinese badminton. He is the only player to achieve a Super Slam, winning all nine major badminton titles. Known for his fitness and attacking style, Dan retired at 37.

 3 
Peter Gade
(Badminton player)
Peter Gade
10
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
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 4 
Susi Susanti
(Badminton player)
Susi Susanti
13
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
 5 
Liliyana Natsir
(Badminton player)
Liliyana Natsir
13
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
 6 
Fu Haifeng
(Badminton player)
Fu Haifeng
5
Birthdate: August 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jieyang, Guangdong, China

Former badminton player Fu Haifeng is known as one of the most successful men’s doubles players in history. Along with partner Cai Yun, he has earned an Olympic gold. The duo is also the only doubles pair with four world titles and was named to BWF's Hall of Fame.

 7 
Xie Xingfang
(Badminton player)
Xie Xingfang
8
Birthdate: January 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Retired badminton player Xie Xingfang is a former singles number one and a two-time world champion. She has won countless medals, including an Olympic silver, an Asian Games gold, and a World Cup gold. She was also known for her high-profile relationship with badminton sensation Lin Dan.

 8 
Prakash Padukone
(Former Indian Badminton Player Who Became the First Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championships)
Prakash Padukone
16
Birthdate: June 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Arjuna Award- and Padma Shri-winning Indian badminton player and former world number 1, Prakash Padukone was the first to win the All-England Open Badminton Championship from India. A World Cup and Commonwealth Games champion, he co-owns Olympic Gold Quest. He is also known as Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s father.

 9 
Pullela Gopichand
(The Second Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championship)
Pullela Gopichand
11
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India

The second Indian badminton player to win the All-England Open Badminton Championships, Indian badminton star Pullela Gopichand now coaches the Indian national team. He was 11 when he began playing the sport. An Asian Championship bronze winner, he has been awarded countless honors, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Bhushan.

 10 
Zhang Nan (badminton)
(Badminton player)
Zhang Nan (badminton)
6
Birthdate: March 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zhang Nan mostly won games in mixed doubles with his partner Zhao Yunlei. He has won medals in all major events, such as the Sudirman Cup and the Asian Games. Post-retirement, he became a doubles coach and was then made the chairman of the CBA.

 11 
Rudy Hartono
(Badminton player)
Rudy Hartono
5
Birthdate: August 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
 12 
Jwala Gutta
(Arjuna Award-Winning Indian Badminton Star)
Jwala Gutta
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Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra, India

A 2-time Olympian, Indian badminton star Jwala Gutta was born to a Chinese mother and an Indian father and began training under Padma Shri-winning coach S. M. Arif at age 6. She is an 8-time South Asian Games gold medalist and a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner.

 13 
Jan O. Jorgensen
(Badminton player)
Jan O. Jorgensen
6
Birthdate: December 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Svenstrup, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark
 14 
Son Wan-ho
(Badminton player)
Son Wan-ho
5
Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
 15 
Lee Yong-dae
(Badminton player)
Lee Yong-dae
12
Birthdate: September 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hwasun, South Jeolla, South Korea
 16 
Greysia Polii
(Badminton player)
Greysia Polii
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 17 
Taufik Hidayat
(Badminton player)
Taufik Hidayat
5
Birthdate: August 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
 18 
Hendra Setiawan
(Badminton player)
Hendra Setiawan
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pemalang, Central Java, Indonesia
 19 
Morten Frost
(Badminton player)
Morten Frost
5
Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
 20 
Tony Gunawan
(Badminton player)
Tony Gunawan
4
Birthdate: April 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
 21 
Cai Yun
(Badminton player)
Cai Yun
4
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Cai Yun is a Chinese retired professional badminton player who specialized in the men's doubles event. A four-time World Championship winner, Cai also won silver and gold medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively. Considered the greatest men's doubles player ever, Cai Yun also won six Sudirman Cups and five Thomas Cups during his illustrious playing career.

 22 
Mohammad Ahsan
(Badminton player)
Mohammad Ahsan
7
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
 23 
Chou Tien-chen
(Badminton player)
Chou Tien-chen
5
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
 24 
Tan Wee Kiong
(Badminton player)
Tan Wee Kiong
6
Birthdate: May 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Tan Wee Kiong is a Malaysian professional badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is renowned for his partnership with Goh V Shem and the two became the fourth Malaysian men's doubles pair to achieve a ranking of world number one in 2016.
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Soh Wooi Yik
(Badminton player)
Soh Wooi Yik
4
Birthdate: February 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soh Wooi Yik is a Malaysian professional badminton player who achieved international acclaim when he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Soh Wooi Yik has also won medals at Asian Championships, Southeast Asian Games, and World Junior Championships.

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Sirivannavari
(Princess of Thailand)
Sirivannavari
14
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
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Misbun Sidek
(Badminton player)
Misbun Sidek
7
Birthdate: February 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banting, Malaysia

Misbun Sidek is a Malaysian former badminton player best known for winning the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 1980 World Championships in Jakarta. He has also won medals at important tournaments like World Cups, Thomas Cup, Southeast Asian Games, and Asian Championships. Sidek is currently serving as the team director of the national junior badminton team.

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Goh V Shem
(Badminton player)
Goh V Shem
5
Birthdate: May 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Goh V Shem is a Malaysian professional badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Renowned for his offensive style of play, Goh V Shem has also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championships, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Markis Kido
(Badminton player)
Markis Kido
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jack Purcell
(Badminton player)
Jack Purcell
4
Birthdate: December 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guelph, Canada
Died: June 10, 1991
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Hendrawan
(Badminton player)
Hendrawan
4
Birthdate: June 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malang, East Java, Indonesia
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Chan Peng Soon
(Badminton player)
Chan Peng Soon
5
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chan Peng Soon is a Malaysian badminton player who specializes in the mixed doubles event. Chan is renowned for his partnership with Goh Liu Ying and the two achieved international prominence when they won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Chan has also won medals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Park Joo-bong
(Badminton player)
Park Joo-bong
3
Birthdate: December 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Imsil, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
 34 
Zhao Yunlei
(Badminton player)
Zhao Yunlei
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yichang, China

Apart from being a star badminton player, Zhao Yunlei is also a graduate degree holder from the Huazhong University. She created history by becoming the first and only badminton player with 2 Olympic gold medal wins in the same year, winning in both mixed doubles and women’s doubles in 2012.

 35 
Sudheer Babu
(Indian Badminton Player Who Later Turned to Acting)
Sudheer Babu
15
Birthdate: May 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

Initially a top-ranked badminton player who played in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Sudheer Babu later stepped into films. Predominantly seen in Telugu films, he soared to fame with movies such as Prema Katha Chitram and Samanthakamani. He is also known as the brother-in-law of Telugu movie star Mahesh Babu.

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Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj
(Indian Paralympic Badminton Champion and an IAS Officer)
Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj
6
Birthdate: July 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hassan, Karnataka, India

Arjuna Award-winning Indian para-badminton player Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj is not just a Paralympic Games silver medalist but is also an IAS officer, the first-ever to win a Paralympic medal, who works as a District Magistrate. The current world number 2 in men’s singles, he has also won an Asian Para Games bronze medal.

 37 
Wong Choong Hann
(Badminton player)
Wong Choong Hann
3
Birthdate: February 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wong Choong Hann is a Malaysian former badminton player. In 2003, he became the first player from Malaysia to win a medal at the BWF World Championships in the men's singles event when he won the silver medal. During his career, Wong Choong Hann also won medals at the Commonwealth Games, Southeast Asian Games, and Asian Games.

 38 
Tontowi Ahmad
(Badminton player)
Tontowi Ahmad
4
Birthdate: July 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia
 39 
Tommy Sugiarto
(Badminton player)
Tommy Sugiarto
3
Birthdate: May 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 40 
Gail Emms
(Badminton player)
Gail Emms
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
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Goh Liu Ying
(Badminton player)
Goh Liu Ying
8
Birthdate: May 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

Goh Liu Ying is a Malaysian badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the mixed doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Goh Liu Ying has also won gold medals at Asian Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Southeast Asian Games.

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Praveen Jordan
(Badminton player)
Praveen Jordan
3
Birthdate: April 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bontang, Indonesia
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Syed Modi
(Eight-Time Indian National Badminton Champion Who Was Shot Dead at the Age of 26)
Syed Modi
5
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gorakhpur district, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: July 23, 1988

Indian badminton player Syed Modi was not just an 8-time back-to-back national champion, but had also won a Commonwealth Games gold, along with 3 Asian Games bronze medals and an Asian Championship silver. He was 26 when he was shot dead while coming out of a stadium after practice.

 44 
Ayaka Takahashi
(Badminton player)
Ayaka Takahashi
3
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashihara, Nara, Japan
 45 
Liem Swie King
(Badminton player)
Liem Swie King
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kudus Regency, Central Java, Indonesia
 46 
Gao Ling
(Badminton player)
Gao Ling
3
Birthdate: March 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China

Regarded as one of the greatest doubles badminton players of China, Gao Ling is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and a 4-time world champion. She has also earned an Olympic silver and bronze. She and her partner Huang Sui won a record 6 women’s doubles titles at the All-England Championships.

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Zhang Ning
(Badminton player)
Zhang Ning
3
Birthdate: May 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jinzhou, Liaoning, China

Zhang Ning is a Chinese retired professional badminton player who won the gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, becoming the only female badminton player to win successive Olympic singles gold medals. A three-time winner at Asian Games, Zhang Ning has also represented China in international competitions like the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup.

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Tan Boon Heong
(Badminton player)
Tan Boon Heong
6
Birthdate: September 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Once world number one, Malaysian badminton player Tan Boon Heong is a 2-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner. He also has an Asian Games and a World Junior Championships gold in his kitty. He has mostly won championships partnering with fellow Malaysian badminton player Koo Kien Keat.
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Mathias Boe
(Badminton player)
Mathias Boe
6
Birthdate: July 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frederikssund, Denmark
 50 
Sony Dwi Kuncoro
(Badminton player)
Sony Dwi Kuncoro
3
Birthdate: July 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia