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 1 
P. V. Sindhu
(The First and Only Indian to Become the Badminton World Champion)
P. V. Sindhu
75
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.

 2 
Lin Dan
(One of the Greatest Badminton Players of All Time)
Lin Dan
22
Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Longyan, Fujian, China

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 
Prakash Padukone
(Former Indian Badminton Player Who Became the First Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championships)
Prakash Padukone
19
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.

 4 
Pullela Gopichand
(The Second Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championship)
Pullela Gopichand
13
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.

 5 
Carolina Marin
(Badminton player)
Carolina Marin
33
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 6 
Viktor Axelsen
(Danish Professional Badminton Player)
Viktor Axelsen
15
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Tai Tzu-ying
(Taiwanese Badminton Player)
Tai Tzu-ying
20
Birthdate: June 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 8 
Lee Zii Jia
(Malaysian Professional Badminton Player)
Lee Zii Jia
8
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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Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
15
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Lee Chong Wei
(Malaysian Former Badminton Player and Three-Time Olympic Silver Medallist)
Lee Chong Wei
41
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.
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Nozomi Okuhara
(Japanese Badminton Player)
Nozomi Okuhara
14
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 12 
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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 13 
An Se-young
(South Korean Badminton Player)
An Se-young
6
Birthdate: February 5, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 14 
Kento Momota
(Japanese Badminton Player)
Kento Momota
14
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mino, Kagawa, Japan
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 15 
Susi Susanti
(Indonesia Retired Badminton Player)
Susi Susanti
14
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 16 
Hendra Setiawan
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Hendra Setiawan
6
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pemalang, Central Java, Indonesia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Lee Yong-dae
(South Korean Professional Badminton Player)
Lee Yong-dae
12
Birthdate: September 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hwasun, South Jeolla, South Korea
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 18 
Peter Gade
(Danish Former Professional Badminton Player)
Peter Gade
12
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 19 
Fu Haifeng
(Chinese Former Badminton Player)
Fu Haifeng
6
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.

 20 
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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 21 
Rudy Hartono
(One of the Greatest Badminton Players of All Time)
Rudy Hartono
5
Birthdate: August 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Liliyana Natsir
(Indonesian Former Badminton Player Who Specialized in Doubles)
Liliyana Natsir
13
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 23 
Xie Xingfang
(Chinese Retired 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.

 24 
Zhang Nan
(Chinese Badminton Player)
Zhang Nan
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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 25 
Markis Kido
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Markis Kido
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: June 14, 2021
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 26 
Taufik Hidayat
(Indonesian Retired Badminton Player)
Taufik Hidayat
5
Birthdate: August 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 27 
Liem Swie King
(Indonesian Former Badminton Player)
Liem Swie King
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kudus Regency, Central Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 28 
Li Shifeng
(Chinese Badminton Player)
Li Shifeng
3
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Loh Kean Yew
(Singaporean Badminton Player)
Loh Kean Yew
8
Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Son Wan-ho
(South Korean Badminton Player)
Son Wan-ho
5
Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Chen Yufei
(Chinese Professional Badminton Player)
Chen Yufei
5
Birthdate: March 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Named to the Forbes list of 30 Under 30 in Entertainment and Sports, from Asia, Chen Yufei was inspired to take up badminton while watching the 2008 Olympics as a 10-year-old. Now an Olympic gold medalist herself, she also has tons of other medals in her kitty, including two Sudirman Cup gold medals.

 32 
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
6
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ratchanok Intanon
(Thai Badminton Player)
Ratchanok Intanon
7
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yasothon, Nai Mueang, Thailand
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 34 
Sirivannavari
(Princess of the Kingdom of Thailand and Is the Only Daughter of King Vajiralongkorn)
Sirivannavari
4
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
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Shi Yuqi
(Chinese Badminton Player)
Shi Yuqi
5
Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nantong, Jiangsu, China

Chinese badminton sensation Shi Yuqi upset champion Lin Dan to reach the finals of the All England Open in 2017 and won the tournament in 2018. In 2016, he won his first French Super Series title. His wins also include a gold at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

 36 
Wang Yihan
(Chinese Retired Professional Badminton Player)
Wang Yihan
7
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 37 
Jan O. Jorgensen
(Danish Retired Badminton Player)
Jan O. Jorgensen
7
Birthdate: December 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Svenstrup, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 38 
Saina Nehwal
(The First Indian Badminton Player to Have Won an Olympic Medal)
Saina Nehwal
54
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.

 

 39 
Akane Yamaguchi
(Japanese Badminton Player)
Akane Yamaguchi
4
Birthdate: June 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 40 
Zhang Ning
(Chinese Former Badminton Player)
Zhang Ning
4
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.

 41 
Jwala Gutta
(Arjuna Award-Winning Indian Badminton Star)
Jwala Gutta
24
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.

 42 
Tony Gunawan
(American Former Badminton Player)
Tony Gunawan
4
Birthdate: April 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 43 
Greysia Polii
(Indonesian Former Badminton Player Specializing in Doubles)
Greysia Polii
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 44 
Alan Budikusuma
(Indonesian Former Badminton Player)
Alan Budikusuma
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 45 
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 46 
Jonatan Christie
(Indonesian Professional Badminton Player)
Jonatan Christie
4
Birthdate: September 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 47 
Cai Yun
(Chinese Former Professional 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.

 48 
Xia Xuanze
(Chinese Former Badminton Player)
Xia Xuanze
4
Birthdate: January 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China

Xia Xuanze is a Chinese former professional badminton player best known for winning the bronze medal in men's singles at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The 2003 World Championship winner, Xia also has two Thomas Cups and an Asia Championship title under his belt. After retiring as a player, Xia went on to become a coach for the national team.

 49 
Wang Shixian
(Chinese Former Professional Badminton Player)
Wang Shixian
4
Birthdate: February 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, China

Wang Shixian is a Chinese former professional badminton player. A former World No. 1, Wang won three gold medals at Asian Games. She also won the Sudirman Cup on three occasions. 

 50 
Mohammad Ahsan
(Indonesian Badminton Player)
Mohammad Ahsan
7
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)