Top Badminton Countries in 2019

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2019 was truly a memorable year for badminton. It had some of the most exciting matches, with world-class players competing to be at the top of the leaderboard. Legendary names like Kento Momota and Chen Yu Fei made headlines for their impressive badminton performances. But which countries indeed dominated the sport in 2019?

We looked at the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) standings and determined those who put up a fantastic show globally.

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End of 2019: The Top 10 Countries in Badminton

The BWF has over 198 member countries categorized into five continental confederations: Africa / Asia / Europe / Oceania / Pan America. In 2019, the following countries had the most number of participants in the BWF World Rankings across five categories:

RankCountryNumber of Medals Won
1China10
2Japan10
3Indonesia8
4Korea5
5Malaysia4
6Chinese Taipei3
7Thailand3
8Denmark2
9Hong Kong2
10India1

China and Japan led the way with ten participants each, ranking high in all five categories. Indonesia followed closely with eight, having two participants in men’s singles alone and three in men’s and mixed doubles. Korea also ranked high with five participants, specializing in women’s doubles. Malaysia had four players in the rankings, ranging from men’s doubles to mixed doubles.

Canada and Spain also appeared on the lists, with one player each in women’s singles. Canada’s Michelle Li ranked eighth, and Spain’s Carolina Marin ranked tenth. Overall, 2019 was an impressive year for badminton countries.

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The Year Before: A Comparison

Going back to the BWF standings of 2018, we find many of these countries also topped the list. Others entered the ranks in 2019 and made a big splash. Let’s see which countries are still reigning and which ones have been bumped off:

RankCountryNumber of Medals Won
1Japan12
2China11
3Indonesia7
4Chinese Taipei3
5Denmark3
6India3
7Thailand3
8Korea2
9Hong Kong1
10Spain1

Japan and China still had the highest number of participants in the rankings, with the former dropping by two and the latter increasing by one the following year. Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, India, and Thailand also maintained their presence, with Malaysia bumping off Spain from the tenth spot in the rankings.

Surprisingly, the U.S.A., Bulgaria, and England had no participants in the BWF rankings of 2019, though they were on the list a year before. U.S.A.’s Beiwen Zhang ranked tenth in women’s singles, while siblings Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva brought Bulgaria to the ninth spot in women’s doubles. At the same time, married couple Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock from England also ranked ninth in mixed doubles. The three countries lost their places in 2019.

Check out these tables for every category to determine which countries made it to the top and how they fared compared to 2018:

Men’s Singles

Rank20182019
1Japan
Kento MOMOTA
Japan
Kento MOMOTA
2China
SHI Yu Qi
Chinese Taipei
CHOU Tien Chen
3Chinese Taipei
CHOU Tien Chen
China
CHEN Long
4China
CHEN Long
Denmark
Anders ANTONSEN
5Korea
SON Wan H
o
Denmark
Viktor AXELSEN
6Denmark
Viktor AXELSEN
Indonesia
Jonatan CHRISTIE
7Indonesia
Anthony Sinisuka GINTING
Indonesia
Anthony Sinisuka GINTING
8India
KIDAMBI Srikanth
China
SHI Yu Qi
9Indonesia
Tommy SUGIARTO
Hong Kong China
NG Ka Long Angus
10Japan
Kenta NISHIMOTO
Japan
Kanta TSUNEYAMA

Women’s Singles

Rank20182019
1Chinese Taipei
TAI Tzu Ying
China
CHEN Yu Fei
2Japan
Nozomi OKUHARA
Chinese Taipei
TAI Tzu Ying
3India
PUSARLA V. Sindhu
Japan
Akane YAMAGUCHI
4China
CHEN Yu Fei
Japan
Nozomi OKUHARA
5Japan
Akane YAMAGUCHI
Thailand
Ratchanok INTANON
6Spain
Carolina MARIN
India
PUSARLA V. Sindhu
7China
HE Bing Jiao
China
HE Bing Jiao
8Thailand
Ratchanok INTANON
Canada
Michelle LI
9India
Saina NEHWAL
Korea
AN Se Young
10U.S.A.
Beiwen ZHANG
Spain
Carolina MARIN

Men’s Doubles

Rank20182019
1Indonesia
Marcus Fernaldi GIDEON and Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULJO
Indonesia
Marcus Fernaldi GIDEON and Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULJO
2China
LI Jun Hui and LIU Yu Chen
Indonesia
Hendra SETIAWAN and Mohammad AHSAN
3Japan
Takeshi KAMURA and Keigo SONODA
Japan
Takeshi KAMURA and Keigo SONODA
4Chinese Taipei
CHEN Hung Ling and WANG Chi-Lin
China
LI Jun Hui and LIU Yu Chen
5Japan
Hiroyuki ENDO and Yuta WATANABE
Indonesia
Fajar ALFIAN and Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO
6Denmark
Kim ASTRUP and Anders Skaarup RASMUSSEN
Japan
Hiroyuki ENDO and Yuta WATANABE
7Indonesia
Fajar ALFIAN and Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO
Chinese Taipei
CHEN Hung Ling and WANG Chi-Lin
8China
HAN Cheng Kai and ZHOU Hao Dong
Malaysia
Aaron CHIA and SOH Wooi Yik
9Indonesia
Hendra SETIAWAN and Mohammad AHSAN
Korea
CHOI Sol Gyu and SEO Seung Jae
10China
LIU Cheng and ZHANG Nan
Malaysia
GOH V Shem and TAN Wee Kiong

Women’s Doubles

Rank20182019
1Japan
Yuki FUKUSHIMA and Sayaka HIROTA
China
CHEN Qing Chen and JIA Yi Fan
2Japan
Misaki MATSUTOMO and Ayaka TAKAHASHI
Japan
Yuki FUKUSHIMA and Sayaka HIROTA
3Japan
Mayu MATSUMOTO and Wakana NAGAHARA
Japan
Mayu MATSUMOTO and Wakana NAGAHARA
4Indonesia
Greysia POLII and Apriyani RAHAYU
Japan
Misaki MATSUTOMO and Ayaka TAKAHASHI
5China
CHEN Qing Chen and JIA Yi Fan
Korea
KIM So Yeong and KONG Hee Yong
6Korea
LEE So Hee and SHIN Seung Chan
Korea
LEE So Hee and SHIN Seung Chan
7Japan
Shiho TANAKA and Koharu YONEMOTO
China
DU Yue and LI Yin Hui
8Thailand
Jongkolphan KITITHARAKUL and Rawinda PRAJONGJAI
Indonesia
Greysia POLII and Apriyani RAHAYU
9Bulgaria
Gabriela STOEVA and Stefani STOEVA
Thailand
Jongkolphan KITITHARAKUL and Rawinda PRAJONGJAI
10Japan
Ayako SAKURAMOTO and Yukiko TAKAHATA
China
LI Wen Mei and ZHENG Yu

Mixed Doubles

Rank20182019
1China
ZHENG Si Wei and HUANG Ya Qiong
China
ZHENG Si Wei and HUANG Ya Qiong
2China
WANG Yi Lyu and HUANG Dong Ping
China
WANG Yi Lyu and HUANG Dong Ping
3Japan
Yuta WATANABE and Arisa HIGASHINO
Japan
Yuta WATANABE and Arisa HIGASHINO
4Indonesia
Tontowi AHMAD and Liliyana NATSIR
Thailand
Dechapol PUAVARANUKROH and Sapsiree TAERATTANACHAI
5Thailand
Dechapol PUAVARANUKROH and Sapsiree TAERATTANACHAI
Indonesia
Praveen JORDAN and Melati Daeva OKTAVIANTI
6Malaysia
CHAN Peng Soon and GOH Liu Ying
Malaysia
CHAN Peng Soon and GOH Liu Ying
7Hong Kong China
TANG Chun Man and TSE Ying Suet
Korea
SEO Seung Jae and CHAE Yu Jung
8Denmark
Mathias CHRISTIANSEN and Christinna PEDERSEN
Malaysia
GOH Soon Huat and LAI Shevon Jemie
9England
Chris ADCOCK and Gabrielle ADCOCK
Indonesia
Hafiz FAIZAL and Gloria Emanuelle WIDJAJA
10China
ZHANG Nan and LI Yin Hui
Hong Kong China
TANG Chun Man and TSE Ying Suet

HSBC BWF World Tour Finals

The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is the concluding tournament of the international badminton season, hosted by the Badminton World Federation. In 2019, the same countries and names came to the top, with China’s Chen Yu Fei and Japan’s Kento Momota taking the title for women’s and men’s singles, respectively.
Men’s Singles

Rank2019
1Japan
Kento MOMOTA
2Chinese Taipei
CHOU Tien Chen
3Indonesia
Jonatan CHRISTIE
4China
CHEN Long
5Denmark
Viktor AXELSEN
6Indonesia
Anthony Sinisuka GINTING
7Denmark
Anders ANTONSEN
8Chinese Taipei
WANG Tzu Wei
9Japan
Kanta TSUNEYAMA
10Hong Kong China
NG Ka Long Angus

Women’s Singles

Rank2019
1China
CHEN Yu Fei
2Thailand
Ratchanok INTANON
3Japan
Akane YAMAGUCHI
4Japan
Nozomi OKUHARA
5Chinese Taipei
TAI Tzu Ying
6China
HE Bing Jiao
7Thailand
Busanan ONGBAMRUNGPHAN
8Canada
Michelle LI
9Korea
SUNG Jihyun
10Korea
AN Se Young

Men’s Doubles

Rank2019
1Indonesia
Marcus Fernaldi GIDEON and Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULJO
2Indonesia
Hendra SETIAWAN and Mohammad AHSAN
3Japan
Takeshi KAMURA and Keigo SONODA
4Chinese Taipei
CHEN Hung Ling and WANG Chi-Lin
5China
LI Jun Hui and LIU Yu Chen
6Indonesia
Fajar ALFIAN and Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO
7Japan
Hiroyuki ENDO and Yuta WATANABE
8Chinese Taipei
LU Ching Yao and YANG Po Han
9Malaysia
Aaron CHIA and SOH Wooi Yik
10Malaysia
GOH V Shem and TAN Wee Kiong

Women’s Doubles

Rank2019
1Japan
Yuki FUKUSHIMA and Sayaka HIROTA
2Japan
Misaki MATSUTOMO and Ayaka TAKAHASHI
3Korea
KIM So Yeong and KONG Hee Yong
4Japan
Misaki MATSUTOMO and Ayaka TAKAHASHI
5China
CHEN Qing Chen and JIA Yi Fan
6Indonesia
Greysia POLII and Apriyani RAHAYU
7Indonesia
Greysia POLII and Apriyani RAHAYU
8Korea
LEE So Hee and SHIN Seung Chan
9Thailand
Jongkolphan KITITHARAKUL and Rawinda PRAJONGJAI
10China
LIU Xuan Xuan and XIA Yu Ting

Mixed Doubles

Rank2019
1Thailand
Dechapol PUAVARANUKROH and Sapsiree TAERATTANACHAI
2China
ZHENG Si Wei and HUANG Ya Qiong
3Indonesia
Praveen JORDAN and Melati Daeva OKTAVIANTI
4China
WANG Yi Lyu and HUANG Dong Ping
5Malaysia
CHAN Peng Soon and GOH Liu Ying
6Japan
Yuta WATANABE and Arisa HIGASHINO
7Indonesia
Hafiz FAIZAL and Gloria Emanuelle WIDJAJA
8Korea
SEO Seung Jae and CHAE Yu Jung
9Malaysia
GOH Soon Huat and LAI Shevon Jemie
10Indonesia
Rinov RIVALDY and Pitha Haningtyas MENTARI
Top Badminton Countries in 2019
Top Badminton Countries in 2019

2019’s Best of the Best

Out of over 170 member nations, the ten best badminton countries in 2019 undeniably make us wonder how they reached the top. What do they do that other countries don’t? How did they rise to the challenge and impact the world stage? The top ten badminton countries have produced some of the world’s most talented badminton players, and here’s a sneak peek into their stories:

China

China quickly rose to become one of the most powerful nations in the sport, thanks to its players’ hard work and dedication. China has won numerous titles, dominating the sport, especially in the mixed doubles category.

Japan

No other country is as well-rounded as Japan in badminton. With steady improvement over the years, they have become a powerhouse in men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

Indonesia

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s best badminton players, with many competing and winning at the highest levels. Indonesia’s strength lies in men’s singles and doubles, with more than one player in the top rankings.

Korea

If Indonesia needs to work harder in the women’s singles and doubles section, Korea can proudly say they have done just that. The Asian country had two participants in the 2019 top women’s doubles category rankings.

Malaysia

Another powerhouse of men’s singles and doubles, Malaysia has seen a rise in the rankings year after year. The country has shown inconsistency in some categories but has been able to remain in the top ten.

Chinese Taipei

Never underestimate Chinese Taipei’s badminton players, who have consistently been in the top rankings for years. The country particularly leads in men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles, with players Chou Tien Chen, Tai Tzu Ying, Lee Yang, and Wang Chi-Lin.

Thailand

Thailand has consistently been in badminton’s top rankings, particularly in women’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. The country displays extreme strength in the women’s divisions, with Ratchanok Intanon, Jongkolphan Kititharakul, and Rawinda Prajongjai among the top players.

Denmark

Denmark is a small country that has made its mark in the badminton world. The country has especially excelled in men’s singles, with players like Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen winning numerous titles yearly.

Hong Kong China

Hong Kong China has become among the strongest contenders in men’s singles and mixed doubles. Players NG Ka Long Angus, Tang Chun Man, and Tse Ying Suet are all in the top rankings.

India

India also made an impact throughout the BWF rankings in 2019, with moderate strength in women’s singles. Pusarla V. Sindhu is one of the country’s top athletes, joining the top ten in the world rankings.

2019 Top Badminton Players in Action

Every country in every list of top rankings has players who help shape the badminton world. New players emerge yearly, giving the court a whole new set of talent. Before the top players in 2019, we had world champions Lin Dan, Chen Jin, Xie Xingfang, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, Gao Ling and Huang Sui, Kim Dong-moon and Ra Kyung-min, and many more.

2019 saw badminton players from China, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and other top countries as they took the court and fought for the world rankings. Here are the players who ruled the five categories of badminton in that year:

Men’s Singles: Kento Momota

Japan’s Kento Momota ranked first in the 2019 BWF world rankings for men’s singles, earning 111918 points by the end of the year. He has always been known for his consistent performance, winning titles in almost all the tournaments he participated in.

Women’s Singles: Chen Yu Fei

Chen Yu Fei from China was the top player in the women’s singles category, winning 96765 points. She is a world-class athlete, and her impressive skills made her an inspirational figure for millions of badminton fans.

Men’s Doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

As expected, the Indonesian duo of Marcus and Kevin managed to remain in first place for men’s doubles. With a total of 105803 points, the two have become one of the country’s best doubles pairs in history.

Women’s Doubles: Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan

China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan made an impressive run in the women’s doubles rankings and secured the top spot for 2019. They have maintained their position as world champions with a total of 100110 points, and their impressive skill set has become a benchmark for future generations of badminton players.

Mixed Doubles: Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong

Two more talented doubles players from China, Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong ended 2019 as the top mixed doubles pair in the world. With a total of 111802 points, the duo has become a staple in the badminton world and will likely remain at the top for years to come.

A Badminton Year on Fire

The world of badminton presents us with a rich and competitive set of players every year, with tournaments starting and ending several times a year. 2019 was an exciting year for the sport, with countries from all over the world competing to be among the top. With the players mentioned above, and many others from different countries, it is clear that badminton is a thriving sport that will continue to amaze us.

China, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Denmark, Hong Kong China, and India are only some of the many countries that have made their mark in the badminton world, and they made 2019 their year to shine. Compared to 2018, almost all these countries had players who reached the top, proving that badminton is more than just a popular sport but also a symbol of pride for athletes and fans alike.

Top players Kento Momota, Chen Yu Fei,Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan, and Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong also made this year fiery with their remarkable skill sets and consistent performances. Some players may have appeared and disappeared from the rankings, but these six players stayed as an example of success and excellence.

We can only look forward to more exciting tournaments, inspiring games, and incredible players in the following years. 2019 was a fantastic year for badminton, but it was only the beginning.

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