Badminton Players

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Badminton players play the racquet sport, badminton. This sport is played by two competing individuals or two opposing teams consisting of two players each who hit a shuttlecock back and forth across the net using their racquets. Badminton is a very popular sport that originated in the mid 19th century in British India. Competitive badminton events in five categories were first held at the Olympic Games in 1992. The popularity of badminton stems from the fact that is it very easy to play and can be played in small spaces. It is a much loved recreational sport with millions over the world playing badminton in order to get some exercise and keep fit. Being a professional badminton player is a challenging task. The players need to possess excellent speed and agility combined with stamina and endurance. Striking the shuttlecock precisely also calls for explosive strength and good hand to eye coordination. Badminton is an extremely fast paced sport that calls for quick reflex actions. Players also need to develop their technique and footwork in order to perfect the game. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous badminton players from all over the world.

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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.

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Carolina Marin
(Badminton player)
Carolina Marin
29
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
 4 
Tai Tzu-ying
(Badminton player)
Tai Tzu-ying
16
Birthdate: June 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
 5 
Viktor Axelsen
(Badminton player)
Viktor Axelsen
11
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
 6 
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
(Badminton player)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
10
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
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Kento Momota
(Badminton player)
Kento Momota
12
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mino, Kagawa, Japan
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Nozomi Okuhara
(Badminton player)
Nozomi Okuhara
11
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
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Chen Long
(Chinese Professional Badminton Player and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Chen Long
8
Birthdate: January 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shashi District, Jingzhou, Hubei, China

Chen Long is a Chinese competitive badminton player best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's singles event in Rio de Janeiro. Chen has also won gold medals at World Championships, Asian Games, and Asian Championships. A former world number 1, Chen has also won the Sudirman Cup on five occasions so far.

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Peter Gade
(Badminton player)
Peter Gade
10
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
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P. V. Sindhu
(The First and Only Indian to Become the Badminton World Champion)
P. V. Sindhu
63
Birthdate: July 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

P. V. Sindhu is an Indian badminton player. In 2016, she won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian woman to receive an Olympic silver. Sindhu became a national icon following her performance in the 2016 Olympics. In January 2020, she was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

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Susi Susanti
(Badminton player)
Susi Susanti
13
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
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Saina Nehwal
(The First Indian Badminton Player to Have Won an Olympic Medal)
Saina Nehwal
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Birthdate: March 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hisar, Haryana, India

A former world no.1, Saina Nehwal holds the feat of being the only Indian female player and overall the second Indian player to achieve this ranking. She is the first Indian female to have bagged in an Olympic medal in badminton. She was also awarded India's third highest civillian award, the Padma Bhushan.

 

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Lee Zii Jia
(Badminton player)
Lee Zii Jia
5
Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player Lee Zii Jia has gold medals in the Asian Championships, the Asia Team Championships, and the Southeast Asian Games. He began his training in badminton at age 6 and later joined the Bukit Jalil Sports School. He made headlines when he was banned by the Badminton Association of Malaysia temporarily.

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Liliyana Natsir
(Badminton player)
Liliyana Natsir
13
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Loh Kean Yew
(Badminton player)
Loh Kean Yew
7
Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
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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
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Pullela Gopichand
(Former Indian Badminton Player Who Became 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
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Li Xuerui
(Chinese Professional Badminton Player)
Li Xuerui
9
Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chongqing, China

Former world number one in singles Li Xuerui has 14 Superseries titles in her kitty. She is also a former Olympic gold medalist. Known for her attacking stance, she ruled the badminton scene before an injury at the Rio Olympics interrupted her career. She retired from international badminton in 2019.

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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.

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Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
(Badminton player)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
6
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia
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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.

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Jwala Gutta
(Arjuna Award-Winning Indian Badminton Star)
Jwala Gutta
21
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra, India
 24 
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.

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Rudy Hartono
(Badminton player)
Rudy Hartono
5
Birthdate: August 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
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Jan O. Jorgensen
(Badminton player)
Jan O. Jorgensen
6
Birthdate: December 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Svenstrup, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark
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Ratchanok Intanon
(Badminton player)
Ratchanok Intanon
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yasothon, Nai Mueang, Thailand
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Greysia Polii
(Badminton player)
Greysia Polii
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Son Wan-ho
(Badminton player)
Son Wan-ho
5
Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
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Lee Yong-dae
(Badminton player)
Lee Yong-dae
12
Birthdate: September 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hwasun, South Jeolla, South Korea
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Taufik Hidayat
(Badminton player)
Taufik Hidayat
5
Birthdate: August 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
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Hendra Setiawan
(Badminton player)
Hendra Setiawan
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pemalang, Central Java, Indonesia
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Morten Frost
(Badminton player)
Morten Frost
5
Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
 34 
An Se-young
(Badminton player)
An Se-young
5
Birthdate: February 5, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
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Mohammad Ahsan
(Badminton player)
Mohammad Ahsan
7
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
 36 
Chou Tien-chen
(Badminton player)
Chou Tien-chen
5
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
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Tony Gunawan
(Badminton player)
Tony Gunawan
4
Birthdate: April 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
 38 
Wang Yihan
(Silver Medalist Badminton player at the 2012 Summer Olympics)
Wang Yihan
7
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
 39 
Misaki Matsutomo
(Badminton player)
Misaki Matsutomo
7
Birthdate: February 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
 40 
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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Anders Antonsen
(Badminton player)
Anders Antonsen
5
Birthdate: April 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark
 42 
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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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.

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Sirivannavari
(Princess of Thailand)
Sirivannavari
14
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
 45 
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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Yuta Watanabe (badminton)
(Badminton player)
Yuta Watanabe (badminton)
3
Birthdate: June 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suginami, Japan
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Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
(Badminton player)
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 48 
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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Jack Purcell
(Badminton player)
Jack Purcell
4
Birthdate: December 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guelph, Canada
Died: June 10, 1991
 50 
Markis Kido
(Badminton player)
Markis Kido
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia