Badminton Players

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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 1 Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei
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Famous As: Badminton player
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

Lin Dan
13
Famous As: Badminton Player
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 Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen
8
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

 4 Tai Tzu-ying

Tai Tzu-ying
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 5 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
6
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

 6 Kento Momota

Kento Momota
9
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mino, Kagawa, Japan
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 7 Carolina Marin

Carolina Marin
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
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 8 Nozomi Okuhara

Nozomi Okuhara
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
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 9 Susi Susanti

Susi Susanti
8
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

 10 Lee Yong-dae

Lee Yong-dae
9
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hwasun, South Jeolla, South Korea
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 11 Peter Gade

Peter Gade
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: December 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

 12 Liliyana Natsir

Liliyana Natsir
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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 13 P. V. Sindhu

P. V. Sindhu
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 14 Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal
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Famous As: Badminton player
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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 15 Lee Zii Jia

Lee Zii Jia
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

 16 Li Xuerui

Li Xuerui
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Famous As: Badminton player
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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 17 Loh Kean Yew

Loh Kean Yew
4
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

 18 Xie Xingfang

Xie Xingfang
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 19 Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 20 Fu Haifeng

Fu Haifeng
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Famous As: Badminton player
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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 21 Jwala Gutta

Jwala Gutta
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra, India

 22 Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand
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Famous As: Badminton player, Badminton coach
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India

 23 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia

 24 Zhang Nan (badminton)

Zhang Nan (badminton)
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 25 Rudy Hartono

Rudy Hartono
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

 26 Chen Long

Chen Long
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Famous As: Badminton player
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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 27 Jan O. Jorgensen

Jan O. Jorgensen
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: December 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Svenstrup, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark

 28 Son Wan-ho

Son Wan-ho
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: May 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
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 29 Greysia Polii

Greysia Polii
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 30 Ratchanok Intanon

Ratchanok Intanon
5
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yasothon, Nai Mueang, Thailand
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 31 An Se-young

An Se-young
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 5, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea

 32 Sirivannavari

Sirivannavari
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Famous As: Princess of Thailand
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
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 33 Morten Frost

Morten Frost
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark

 34 Taufik Hidayat

Taufik Hidayat
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
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 35 Tony Gunawan

Tony Gunawan
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: April 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

 36 Hendra Setiawan

Hendra Setiawan
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pemalang, Central Java, Indonesia
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 37 Tan Wee Kiong

Tan Wee Kiong
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 38 Cai Yun

Cai Yun
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 39 Misaki Matsutomo

Misaki Matsutomo
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan

 40 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
4
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 41 Tan Boon Heong

Tan Boon Heong
5
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

 42 Anders Antonsen

Anders Antonsen
4
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: April 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark

 43 Wang Yihan

Wang Yihan
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Famous As: Silver Medalist Badminton player at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 44 Misbun Sidek

Misbun Sidek
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 45 Mohammad Ahsan

Mohammad Ahsan
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia

 46 Soh Wooi Yik

Soh Wooi Yik
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Famous As: Badminton player
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.

 47 Chou Tien-chen

Chou Tien-chen
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

 48 Yuta Watanabe (badminton)

Yuta Watanabe (badminton)
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: June 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suginami, Japan

 49 Jack Purcell

Jack Purcell
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: December 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guelph, Canada
Died: June 10, 1991

 50 He Bingjiao

He Bingjiao
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lianyungang, China

He Bingjiao is a professional badminton player renowned for her performance in the 2015 Asian Junior Championships where she won two gold medals to add to her collection of two other gold medals won at the 2013 and 2014 Asian Junior Championships. Over the course of her career, Bingjiao has also won tournaments like the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup.