Women’s doubles is a battle of wits, technique, and endurance. Top women’s doubles players have rock solid defense and precise control. To win major badminton tournaments, players need to be at their very best to overcome the fierce competition. Alas, youth fades away and players have less energy to continue their pursuit. So then, at what age do women’s doubles players do their best? In this post, we’ve gathered data in the top professional tournaments from 2000 to 2021 to determine what the prime age is for women’s doubles. Here are the results.
Statistically, the prime age for women’s doubles players is around 24 years old. Results indicate that women still perform very well between the ages of 22 and 27. However, historical results show less success prior to age 22 and after age 27. This suggests that women’s doubles players tend to achieve their peak performance in their mid 20s in the professional badminton scene.
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To get these results, we collected the ages of all the women’s doubles badminton players that won gold medals at the Yonex All England, World Championships, and Olympic Games from 2000 to 2021. The ages that were used to calculate the results represent the ages at which the players won the tournaments. You can see all of the data visualized and organized in tables below.
As shown above, the most common women’s doubles gold medalist age is 24 years old. However, the average and median ages are 27.4 and 24.8 years old respectively. These numbers are significantly higher than the average and median ages of Women’s Singles Gold Medalists. This might be the case because doubles players do not have to cover as much area per player and have more opportunities to “rest” when their partner is taking the shots. Older players tend to have better technique and game sense but less endurance. This means that older players have a better chance of staying at the top of women’s doubles than in women’s singles.
Here’s all of the major statistics summarized:
All England Results
|2018||Kamilla Rytter Juhl||34.5|
World Championships and Olympic Games Results
Years 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are for the Olympic Games.