Women Badminton Players

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Throughout history, there have been many women badminton players who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female badminton players such as Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Carolina Marin, Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui.The women badminton players featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Carolina Marin
(Badminton player)
Carolina Marin
29
Birthdate: June 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huelva, Spain
 2 
Tai Tzu-ying
(Badminton player)
Tai Tzu-ying
19
Birthdate: June 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
 3 
Nozomi Okuhara
(Badminton player)
Nozomi Okuhara
12
Birthdate: March 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
 4 
Susi Susanti
(Badminton player)
Susi Susanti
13
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
 5 
P. V. Sindhu
(The First and Only Indian to Become the Badminton World Champion)
P. V. Sindhu
66
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.

 6 
Saina Nehwal
(The First Indian Badminton Player to Have Won an Olympic Medal)
Saina Nehwal
55
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.

 

 7 
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.

 8 
Liliyana Natsir
(Badminton player)
Liliyana Natsir
13
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
 9 
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.

 10 
Jwala Gutta
(Arjuna Award-Winning Indian Badminton Star)
Jwala Gutta
21
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.

 11 
Ratchanok Intanon
(Badminton player)
Ratchanok Intanon
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yasothon, Nai Mueang, Thailand
 12 
Greysia Polii
(Badminton player)
Greysia Polii
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 13 
Wang Yihan
(Silver Medalist Badminton player at the 2012 Summer Olympics)
Wang Yihan
7
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
 14 
An Se-young
(Badminton player)
An Se-young
5
Birthdate: February 5, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
 15 
Misaki Matsutomo
(Badminton player)
Misaki Matsutomo
7
Birthdate: February 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
 16 
Sirivannavari
(Princess of Thailand)
Sirivannavari
14
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
 17 
He Bingjiao
(Chinese Badminton Player)
He Bingjiao
3
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.

 18 
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.

 19 
Goh Jin Wei
(Badminton player)
Goh Jin Wei
5
Birthdate: January 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia

Goh Jin Wei is a Malaysian badminton player who won the 2015 and 2018 BWF World Junior Championships. She also won the girls' singles title at the 2018 Youth Olympics. She started playing badminton at the age of six and was encouraged by her father to pursue it professionally and was drafted into the Malaysia national team in 2014.  

 20 
Chen Yufei
(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.

 21 
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.

 22 
Gail Emms
(Badminton player)
Gail Emms
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
 23 
Akane Yamaguchi
(Badminton player)
Akane Yamaguchi
4
Birthdate: June 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
 24 
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.

 25 
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.

 26 
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. 

 27 
Sapsiree Taerattanachai
(Badminton player)
Sapsiree Taerattanachai
3
Birthdate: April 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Udon Thani, Thailand
 28 
Christinna Pedersen
(Badminton player)
Christinna Pedersen
5
Birthdate: May 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
 29 
Gabby Adcock
(Badminton player)
Gabby Adcock
5
Birthdate: September 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leeds, England
 30 
Gillian Clark
(Badminton player)
Gillian Clark
4
Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
 31 
Sung Ji-hyun
(Badminton player)
Sung Ji-hyun
4
Birthdate: July 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 32 
Aya Ohori
(Badminton player)
Aya Ohori
4
Birthdate: October 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan
 33 
Wong Mew Choo
(Badminton player)
Wong Mew Choo
4
Birthdate: May 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player Wong Mew Choo is a 2-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and also has 2 Southeast Asian Games gold medals in her kitty. However, her career has mostly been riddled with injuries. She is married to fellow Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei.

 34 
Huang Yaqiong
(Badminton player)
Huang Yaqiong
3
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhejiang, China

Huang Yaqiong is a Chinese professional badminton player best known for her achievements in doubles events. After winning the gold medal in the mixed doubles event at the 2018 World Championship, Huang went on to win another gold medal in the same event at the 2019 World Championships. She also has an Asian Championship gold medal under her belt.

 35 
Kirsty Gilmour
(Badminton Player, Who Represented both Scotland and Great Britain in the International Tournament)
Kirsty Gilmour
3
Birthdate: September 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bellshill, Scotland
 36 
Apriyani Rahayu
(Badminton player)
Apriyani Rahayu
3
Birthdate: April 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kendari, Indonesia
 37 
Yuki Fukushima
(Badminton player)
Yuki Fukushima
5
Birthdate: May 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kumamoto Prefecture Kumamoto, Japan
 38 
Pornpawee Chochuwong
(Badminton player)
Pornpawee Chochuwong
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rayong, Thailand
 39 
Ashwini Ponnappa
(Indian Badminton Player Known for Her Successful Partnership with Jwala Gutta)
Ashwini Ponnappa
13
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Known for her match-winning partnership with Jwala Gutta, Indian badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa was born to a hockey player father but chose badminton over hockey. A 2-time Commonwealth Games and a 4-time South Asian Games champion, she is also a former World Championship bronze winner.

 40 
Soniia Cheah Su Ya
(Badminton player)
Soniia Cheah Su Ya
3
Birthdate: June 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soniia Cheah Su Ya is a Malaysian badminton player who won her first international title at the 2016 Belgian International tournament. She started playing badminton as a young girl and represented Malaysia at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Asian Junior Championships. She won the silver medal in the women's singles event at the Southeast Asian Games in 2017.  

 41 
Ayaka Takahashi
(Badminton player)
Ayaka Takahashi
3
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashihara, Nara, Japan
 42 
Chen Qingchen
(Badminton player)
Chen Qingchen
3
Birthdate: June 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Xingning, Guangdong, China

Chen Qingchen is a Chinese professional badminton player who specializes in doubles. Chen is best known for winning the silver medal in women's doubles at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 2017 world champion, Chen Qingchen also has two Sudirman Cup gold medals, two Uber Cup gold medals, and an Asian Championship title under her belt.

 43 
Gronya Somerville
(Badminton player)
Gronya Somerville
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlton, Victoria Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
 44 
Melati Daeva Oktavianti
(Badminton player)
Melati Daeva Oktavianti
3
Birthdate: October 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Serang, West Java, Indonesia
 45 
Yeo Jia Min
(Badminton player)
Yeo Jia Min
3
Birthdate: February 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore
 46 
Manasi Girishchandra Joshi
(Indian Para-Badminton Player Who Became a Para-Badminton World Champion)
Manasi Girishchandra Joshi
6
Birthdate: June 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rajkot, India

Initially a software engineer, Indian para-badminton player Manasi Girishchandra Joshi lost one of her legs in a road accident. A BWF Para-Badminton World Championship gold medalist, she is a product of badminton ace Pullela Gopichand’s academy. She became the first Indian athlete to make it to the cover of TIME magazine.

 47 
Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
(Badminton player)
Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blitar, East Java, Indonesia
 48 
Sayaka Takahashi
(Badminton player)
Sayaka Takahashi
3
Birthdate: July 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kashihara, Nara, Japan
 49 
Michelle Li
(Badminton player)
Michelle Li
3
Birthdate: November 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hong Kong
 50 
Gregoria Mariska Tunjung
(Badminton player)
Gregoria Mariska Tunjung
3
Birthdate: August 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wonogiri Regency, Indonesia