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2022 was a thrilling year for badminton, with new players making it and climbing to the top of the World Rankings. Towards the end of the 2022 season, we’ve seen powerhouse nations cling to their place on the rankings. Perhaps the most interesting development of 2022 was the addition of new countries to the list of the best badminton nations.
As of December 2022, China has snagged Indonesia’s foothold on the badminton ladder across five categories. With China’s talent seen in all disciplines except men’s singles, the country is officially the top badminton nation in terms of representation. Malaysia climbs a couple of spots relative to its positions in 2020 with three teams in the men’s doubles division. Also, with the loss of one men’s doubles pair in the rankings, Japan dropped to third place, replacing South Korea. Meanwhile, Thailand elevates its position and joins Japan in third place.
If you want to find out which countries were the best at badminton in other years, check out our Top Badminton Countries page.
Check out the table below for a more detailed look at the 2022 rankings.
Change From Previous Ranking
Total Spots Claimed in the World Rankings
Players in Men’s Singles Top 10
Players in Women’s Singles Top 10
Teams in the Men’s Doubles Top 10
Teams in the Women’s Doubles Top 10
Teams in the Mixed Doubles Top 10
Comparisons From the Previous Rankings
As you can see from the table, 2022 was a year of massive shifts in the rankings. Canada, England, and Hong Kong have all exited the rankings to be replaced by Singapore, France, and Germany.
Taking the first and second place spots in 2022 are China and Malaysia, respectively. Japan and Thailand tie for third place. China leapfrogs to the top of the rankings by having the most-well-rounded representation of any nation in the World Rankings. The only division that lacks a Chinese player is men’s singles.
France and Germany have entered the rankings because both countries have teams in the top 10. In particular, each country has one team in the mixed doubles division.
Spain has held on to its position with Carolina Marin still proving her competitiveness in the 2022 World Rankings. To move up the rankings, Spain would need to prove itself in other divisions beyond women’s singles.
You’ll also see how countries like Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea have slipped down the rankings. Japan sank a couple of places to join Thailand in third place. The drop was due to the country’s loss of one men’s doubles pair, following the retirement of Hiroyuki Endo.
Despite Japan’s loss of its top spot, it remains one of the most well-rounded badminton countries. As of December 27, 2022, Japan is a mainstay in almost all divisions except mixed doubles.
2022’s Top 10 Ranked Players and Teams From Different Countries
Now we know which country reigns atop the rankings and how the top countries stack up against each other. Beyond that, one question remains — which countries do the top players come from? I’m not just going to answer that question. I’ll do you one better by telling you who these players are!
Here are the best players from different countries across all five badminton disciplines.
Here’s a table of the men’s singles rankings as of December 27, 2022:
|2||Lee Zii Jia||Malaysia||3||3||1|
|3||Loh Kean Yew||Singapore||3||4||0|
|5||Anthony Sinisuka Ginting||Indonesia||6||8||3|
|6||Chou Tien Chen||Chinese Taipei||7||9||1|
As for the women’s singles division, here are the rankings as of December 27, 2022:
|2||Tai Tzu Ying||Chinese Taipei||14||11||1|
|3||Chen Yu Fei||China||14||13||3|
|4||An Se Young||South Korea||12||7||4|
|5||He Bing Jiao||China||8||4||4|
|7||Pusarla V. Sindhu||India||5||9||5|
|8||Wang Zhi Yi||China||5||5||1|
For the men’s doubles, here are the top 10 players in 2022.
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
Soh Wooi Yik
|6||Liu Yu Chen|
Ou Xuan Yi
Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
|8||Ong Yew Sin|
Teo Ee Yi
|9||Goh Sze Fei|
|10||Choi Sol Gyu|
Kim Won Ho
|1||Chen Qing Chen|
Jia Yi Fan
|3||Jeong Na Eun|
Kim Hye Jeong
|4||Zhang Shu Xian|
|5||Kim So Yeong|
Kong Hee Yong
|6||Lee So Hee|
Shin Seung Chan
Huang Ya Qiong
|3||Wang Yi Liu|
Huang Dong Ping
|5||Tan Kian Meng|
Lai Pei Jing
|8||Goh Soon Huat|
Lai Shevon Jemie
Pitha Haningtyas Mentari
China: One of the Most Well-rounded and Well-represented Badminton Nations in 2022
China’s talent pool allows it to dominate multiple divisions, particularly the women’s singles division. Unfortunately, since the retirement of the GOAT, China has yet to produce a top-ranking men’s singles player.
- Chen Yufei | Age: 25 | Rank: 3 | 1st: 14, 2nd: 13, 3rd/4th: 3 | She specializes in odd-angle trick shots and recoveries. Her 2022 World Tour wins enabled her to leapfrog An Se Young for the number three position.
- He Bing Jiao | Age: 25 | Rank: 5 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 4, 3rd/4th: 4 | She held onto the fifth place ranking for winning four World Tour titles in 2022.
- Wang Zhi Yi | Age: 22 | Rank: 8 | 1st: 5, 2nd: 5, 3rd/4th: 1 | Wang Zhi Yi retained her number eight position in 2022. Her Asian Championship victory over Akane Yamaguchi was the highlight of her 2022 career.
- Han Yue | Age: 23 | Rank: 10 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 6, 3rd/4th: 0 | Having won the HYLO Open, Han Yue broke into the World Rankings in 2022.
- Liu Yu Chen and Ou Xuan Yi | Ages: 27 and 28 | Rank: 6 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 0 | The duo rose three spots from their mid-2022 due to their Australian Open and World Tour Finals victories.
- Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan | Ages: Both 25 | Rank: 1 | 1st: 14, 2nd: 7, 3rd/4th: 0 | Their wins at the 2022 World Championships and World Tour Finals kept this duo at the top of the World rankings.
- Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu | Ages: 22 and 26 | Rank: 4 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 0 | The team rose two positions higher after winning the 2022 Australian Open.
- Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong | Ages: 25 and 28 | Rank: 1 | 1st: 26, 2nd: 8, 3rd/4th: 0 | The team stayed on top by winning eight World Tour titles in 2022 alone. They also chalked up an impressive World Championship victory with their pace and on-court coordination.
- Wang Yi Liu and Huang Dong Ping | Ages: 28 and 27 | Rank: 3 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 14, 3rd/4th: 0 | They rose two positions higher with consistent appearances on the podium in 2022.
Malaysia: Dominating the Doubles Rankings
Malaysian representation is especially apparent in all three badminton doubles divisions. Nevertheless, Lee Zii Jia’s appearance in the men’s singles rankings proves Malaysia’s competitiveness in the men’s singles division.
- Lee Zii Jia | Age: 24 | Rank: 2 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 1 | Fast-paced, ever-evolving, and resilient, this up-and-comer trails Viktor Axelsen and may catch up with the Danish superstar in 2023.
- Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik | Ages: 25 and 24 | Rank: 4 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 4, 3rd/4th: 1 | Chia and Yik are famous for their strategic approach and ability to last three-game matches.
- Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi | Ages: 27 and 29 | Rank: 8 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 1 | Despite nearing their athletic primes, these two players aren’t leaving the rankings anytime soon despite slipping two places.
- Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzudin | Ages: Both 25 | Rank: 9 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 0 | This duo set the tone for their 2022 campaign by winning the 2022 German Open. They trail their compatriots by a narrow margin.
- Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan | Ages: 22 and 25 | Rank: 9 | 1st: 2, 2nd: 0, 3rd/4th: 0 | The duo chalked up an impressive win over Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara in 2022. However, the lack of other podium finishes caused the duo’s slip from eighth to ninth place.
- Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing | Ages: 28 and 30 | Rank: 5 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 1 | Despite nearing their athletic primes, Tan and Lai still outperformed many mixed doubles teams in 2022.
- Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie | Ages: 32 and 29 | Rank: 8 | 1st: 2, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 0 | Besides moving up to eighth place, perhaps the biggest news of 2022 is the duo’s engagement.
Thailand: Up Two Places Due to Better Performances in Singles and Women’s and Mixed Doubles
Thailand has shot up the rankings with more teams in the BWF World Rankings. In particular, Thailand is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the women’s and mixed doubles divisions. Unfortunately, Thailand failed to produce talent for the men’s doubles rankings in 2022.
- Kunlavut Vitidsarn | Age: 21 | Rank: 10 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 5, 3rd/4th: 0 | The young Thai shuttler chalked up a silver medal finish at the 2022 World Championships and a title win at the German Open.
- Ratchanok Intanon | Age: 27 | Rank: 6 | 1st: 6, 2nd: 8, 3rd/4th: 7 | Rising one spot, Ratchanok Intanon defeated Chen Yu Fei at the 2022 Malaysian Open.
- Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai | Ages: Both 29 | Rank: 7 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 4, 3rd/4th: 0 | The pair dropped two places from their position in late 2021. This mainly had to do with the need for World Tour podium finishes for much of 2022.
- Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakaarn Aimsaard | Ages: 20 and 23 | Rank: 10 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 0 | The two sisters broke into the World Rankings by December 2022 following their win at the HYLO Open.
- Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai | Ages: 25 and 29 | Rank: 2 | 1st: 14, 2nd: 6, 3rd/4th: 0 | Known for their synergistic play on the court, Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai were dominant towards the remainder of 2022.
- Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran | Ages: 26 and 23 | Rank: 10 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 0, 3rd/4th: 0 | The pair broke into the World Rankings in 2022. Their stellar performances at the International Series led to the team’s inclusion in the rankings.
Japan: Down Two Places for Being Down a Men’s Doubles Pair
The retirement of Hiroyuki Endo dealt a blow to more than just his partner Yuta Watanabe. Due to his retirement, Japan now lacked a second men’s doubles team to give the country added representation in the division. Nevertheless, Japan continues to be well-rounded in talent and is one of the few countries to be represented across all divisions.
- Kodai Naraoka | Age: 21| Rank: 9 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 4, 3rd/4th: 3 | The Pride of Aomori climbed two places from relative anonymity following his stellar victory at the 2022 Vietnam Open.
- Akane Yamaguchi | Age: 25 | Rank: 1 | 1st: 16, 2nd: 7, 3rd/4th: 4 | Akane Yamaguchi’s precision and composure enabled her to win multiple World Tour victories and a World Championship in 2022.
- Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi | Ages: Both 27 | Rank: 2 | 1st: 6, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 0 | The duo lost the World Number One position on December 27, 2022, despite winning the Malaysia Open months prior.
- Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida | Ages: Both 24 | Rank: 2 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 8, 3rd/4th: 0 | The pair rode out 2022 holding on to their world number two position.
- Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara | Ages: 27 and 26 | Rank: 8 | 1st: 6, 2nd: 9, 3rd/4th: 2 | The two-time World Champions amassed sufficient ranking points to climb one spot in 2022.
- Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino | Ages: 25 and 26 | Rank: 4 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 8, 3rd/4th: 2 | Watanabe and Higashino make up one of Japan’s fastest-rising teams. The pair looks forward to more success in 2023.
Indonesia: Down Two Spots Due to Less Representation
The country is still one of the best countries for badminton talent. Nevertheless, it has slipped a few places down the rankings for a lack of players in women’s singles and doubles.
- Jonatan Christie | Age: 25 | Rank: 4 | 1st: 5, 2nd: 6, 3rd/4th: 6 | The Asian Games Champion retained his number four position in 2022.
- Anthony Sinisuka Ginting | Age: 26 | Rank: 5 | 1st: 6, 2nd: 8, 3rd/4th: 3 | Always evolving and improving his results, the young Indonesian climbed one spot higher in 2022.
- Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto | Ages: 27 and 26 | Rank: 1 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 5, 3rd/4th: 2 | The top men’s doubles team of 2022 had a successful year winning World Tour titles and the award for Most Improved Player.
- Hendra Setiawan and Muhammad Ahsan | Ages: 38 and 35 | Rank: 3 | 1st: 6, 2nd: 12, 3rd/4th: 0 | This pair proves that experience can trump athleticism and youthful vigor any day.
- Rinov Rivaldi and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari | Ages: Both 23 | Rank: 9 | 1st: 2, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 0 | By 2022, the pair broke into the World Rankings, snagging the ninth position with their exciting play and flair.
South Korea: A Nation To Watch Out for in Women’s Doubles
South Korea climbed one spot on this year’s rankings. The country showcased its talent in 2022, particularly in the women’s doubles division. They have three women’s doubles teams — one team more than 2022’s number-one badminton nation, China.
- An Se Young | Age: 20 | Rank: 4 | 1st: 12, 2nd: 7, 3rd/4th: 4 | Known for her endurance and defensive tactics, An Se Young broke into the top half of the rankings in 2022.
- Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho | Ages: 27 and 23 | Rank: 10 | 1st: 0, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 0 | The pair’s accomplishments in mid-2022 enabled them to break into the top 10 rankings.
- Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong | Ages: 22 and 24 | Rank: 3 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 0 | By December 27, 2022, the duo had replaced their compatriots Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong as the third best women’s doubles team in the world.
- Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong | Ages: 30 and 26 | Rank: 5 | 1st: 7, 2nd: 7, 3rd/4th: 2 | Despite sinking two positions lower, Kim and Kong continue to outperform many teams with their coordination and on-court synergy.
- Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan | Ages: Both 28 | Rank: 6 | 1st: 3, 2nd: 9, 3rd/4th: 1 | Trailing their compatriots, the two friends boast teamwork and tactical awareness as they climb one spot higher in the World Rankings.
India: Up One Spot in 2022 With Two Players in the Men’s Singles World Rankings
India has improved its standing in 2022 as its players retain their places in the rankings. Despite fielding impressive singles talent, the nation has yet to produce podium-worthy pairs in the women’s and mixed doubles divisions.
- Lakshya Sen | Age: 21 | Rank: 7 | 1st: 4, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 1 | The 2022 Commonwealth Games men’s singles champion retains his spot on the World Rankings in 2022.
- Prannoy H.S. | Age: 30 | Rank: 8 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 1 | Prannoy H.S. climbs one spot with his impressive runner-up finish at the 2022 Swiss Open.
- P.V. Sindhu | Age: 27 | Rank: 7 | 1st: 5, 2nd: 9, 3rd/4th: 5 | P.V. Sindhu slips one spot lower despite three World Tour title victories in 2022. The singles shuttler from Hyderabad is famous for her athleticism, resilience, and well-timed aggressiveness on the court.
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty | Ages: 22 and 25 | Rank: 5 | 1st: 4, 2nd: 2, 3rd/4th: 1 | The men’s singles duo clutched their number five position in 2022 with their French Open and India Open title victories.
Denmark: The Best-Performing European Nation
Denmark has two representatives on the World Rankings. While the country did snag the number one position in men’s singles thanks to Viktor Axelsen, it’s struggling to produce players that are capable of entering the Asian-dominated women’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles divisions.
- Viktor Axelsen | Age: 28 | Rank: 1 | 1st: 8, 2nd: 0, 3rd/4th: 1 | Known for his power and deceptive shots, Viktor Axelsen stayed atop the rankings following his 2022 World Tour Finals victory.
- Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen | Ages: 30 and 33 | Rank: 7 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 4 | The pair slipped one spot below their early 2022 position. Nevertheless, the Danish duo dazzled many spectators with their smashes, clears, and energetic post-victory celebrations.
Chinese Taipei: Quality Singles Talent
Chinese Tapie joined Denmark in sixth place by December 2022. Despite having talented singles players, the country has yet to produce a doubles pair capable of entering the rankings.
- Chou Tien Chen | Age: 32 | Rank 6 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 3, 3rd/4th: 2 | The young shuttler from Taipei plays a game of endurance and tries to outlast his opponents before going in for the kill.
- Tai Tzu Ying | Age: 28 | Rank 2 | 1st: 4, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 6 | This record-breaking women’s singles player specializes in moving her opponents around the court and catching them off-guard with deceptive shots.
Spain: Marin Remains the Sole Spaniard in the 2022 World Rankings
Spain holds strong in its 2022 position as another non-Asian nation in the rankings. In 2022, Marin climbed two spots to join the top 10 rankings.
- Carolina Marin | Age: 29 | Rank: 9 | 1st: 0, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 0 | Marin was back at it in 2022 following her devastating 2019 leg injury.
Singapore: A Newcomer to the Ranks Thanks to Loh Kean Yew
Thanks to Loh Kean Yew, Singapore now joins the list of top-performing badminton nations. Time will tell if the country can produce talent in other divisions outside of men’s singles.
- Loh Kean Yew | Age: 29 | Rank: 3 | 1st: 0, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 0 | The Singaporean shuttler stuns spectators with his show-stopping smashes.
France: Joining the Rankings for the First Time
France has always struggled to make a name for itself in badminton. However, with the ascent of Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue in the mixed doubles rankings, 2023 looks promising.
- Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue | Ages: 23 and 24 | Rank: 6 | 1st: 0, 2nd: 1, 3rd/4th: 0 | This duo nearly gave Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong a run for their money at the 2022 Indonesia Masters with their endurance and reaction time.
Germany: New Blood in the Mixed Doubles Division
Like France, Germany is a new team in the rankings. Germany’s inclusion into the rankings comes courtesy of Mark Lamfuss and Isabel Lohau’s entry in the mixed doubles rankings.
- Mark Lamfuss and Isabel Lohau | Ages: 22 and 25 | Rank: 7 | 1st: 1, 2nd: 0, 3rd/4th: 1 | The 2022 European Champions climbed two positions as of November 2022.
Who Will Reign Supreme in 2023?
Things change fast in badminton. With countries jockeying for position, we can look forward to an exciting 2023 season.
Which badminton nation will reign supreme in 2023? The only way to find out is to stay tuned to the games and rankings!
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