10 Greatest Women’s Badminton Players of All Time
Tai, Akane and the likes of Chen seem to be doing really well in their careers for the last couple of years. However, do they count when it comes to the list of the top 10 greatest women badminton players of all time? Well, we are about to find out, and we would also like you to vote for your favorite athlete below.
A retired professional with two gold from the 2004 and 2008 Olympics playing in the singles category. She broke the record to become the only female player to win two consecutive gold in the Olympics. She had a silver medal for the All England championships and had won almost all the top tier competitions including the Copenhagen Masters.
She's mainly recognized in the doubles category but also made a name for herself in the singles category. She has 4 Olympic medals, six consecutive all England championships in the doubles category, nine gold medals from the World Championships and two gold medals from the consecutive Olympic games in Sydney in 2000 and 2004.
The Indian professional achieved her best world ranking at number two on the table in 2010. She has a bronze medal to show for her participation in the 2012 Olympics and broke the record for being the first Indian badminton player to do so. Moreover, she has won the super series tournaments as the first Indian and has a couple of records under her name in domestic competitions.
She's retired and was inducted in the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998. Like Gu Jun, she and her partner terrorized opponents in the women doubles categories a decade earlier in the 80s. They have won the IBF championships twice, and the Uber Cup has two gold and a silver from the World Championships.
The retired badminton professional has a good record in the Olympics and the All England games. She successfully won the All-England title four times, won gold in the 1992 Olympics and took home the Grand Prix title 5 consecutive times between 1990 and 1996. In 2004, she was inducted into the IBF Hall of fame.
Although retired, the Chinese professional deserves a position on the list given her credentials. She has two gold from single wins and one from a doubles in the world championships in 1985. She won the Uber cup competitions and IBF world doubles together with her partner in 1985. In 1998 she was inducted into the IB Hall of Fame.
The 33-year-old Chinese professional was at number one worldwide in 2010, she has a silver medal from the Paris World Championships in the same year and took home bronze during the London world champs. She had a silver and gold for singles and mixed respectively at the 2010 Asian games.
The Chinese professional has a couple medals and championships under her name such as silver in the 2012 Olympics, two gold in the 2014 Asian games, world and Asian junior championships among others. At 30 years old, she has achieved more than most of her counterparts.
At number 7 is another retired Chinese badminton professional Mia who has represented the Netherlands and had links to Indonesia as well. She took home silver twice at a young age in the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympics. She also has a bronze from the world championships that she collected in 2003.
She is a retired badminton professional inducted into the international badminton Hall of fame in 2008. She has six titles from the Grand Prix received between 94 and 99. She and her partner won the 2000 Olympics doubles. Before that, they had a window of international fame due to their prowess and clinching various titles in over 30 top tier competitions.