Badminton World Rankings

The badminton world rankings, known as the BWF World Ranking is an international badminton ranking system that reflects the strength and quality of the players.

There is another ranking system for badminton known as the BWF Super Series Ranking. which ONLY takes into account Super Series events while neglecting other major tournaments.

Therefore, the BWF World Ranking is a more accurate ranking system if you're looking to find out the true strength of badminton players.

The badminton world ranking system has its weaknesses. Let's say if a player takes part in more graded tournaments; they will improve their ranks. I'll explain how this works in a moment.

How Does the BWF World Ranking Work?

In simple terms, players:

  • Win ranking points by playing in graded tournaments. For example if a player makes his way to the quarter finals of the Thomas Cup, he will get some ranking points. If that player progresses finals, he will get even MORE ranking points.
  • The player who accumulates the most ranking points throughout his career will be the world number 1.
  • The higher the level of the tournament, the more ranking points will be awarded. For example, more ranking points will be awarded to a player who reaches the finals in Thomas Cup than a player who reaches the finals of Malaysia Open.

Historical Badminton Rankings

The BWF World Ranking consists of lists ranking the 5 disciplines in badminton:

  • Men's Singles
  • Women's Singles
  • Men's Doubles
  • Women's Doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

Useful lists: (All Disciplines)

Rankings for Men's Singles (Quick Overview)

Just to get an idea of who has been the world champion lately, the following are half yearly historical rankings.

Jan 2011
[1] Lee Chong Wei (MAS): 89046.858
[2] Taufik Hidayat (INA): 72941.7
[3] Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN): 71725.114
[4] Chen Long (CHN): 67063.15
[5] Chen Jin (CHN): 60082.2

July 2010
[1] Lee Chong Wei (MAS): 81866.86
[2] Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN): 68375.11
[3] Chen Jin (CHN): 67382.2
[4] Lin Dan (CHN): 65433.98
[5] Taufik Hidayat (INA): 63591.7

Jan 2010
[1] Lee Chong Wei (MAS): 83171.06
[2] Lin Dan (CHN): 71344.58
[3] Chen Jin (CHN): 66600
[4]Taufik Hidayat (INA): 65060
[5] Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN): 62055.18

July 2009
[1] Lee Chong Wei (MAS): 84771.06
[2] Chen Jin (CHN): 66200
[3] Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN): 64755.18
[4]Taufik Hidayat (INA): 62560
[5] Lin Dan (CHN): 60744.58

Jan 2009
[1] Lee Chong Wei (MAS): 81399.14
[2] Lin Dan (CHN): 66939.5
[3] Chen Jin (CHN): 64383.95
[4] Peter Hoeg Gade (DEN): 63751.25
[5] Sony Dwi Kuncoro (INA): 62366.52

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