2013 BWF World Ranking up to January 3


The BWF released the latest world ranking on January 3. From the “Top Ten Club” we can spot a few trends. In the men’s and women’s singles, China’s players occupy eight places, making China the most powerful country in terms of the singles disciplines.


As for the men’s doubles, various countries are fairly equally matched and there is fierce competition between pairs. Worthy of note is that South Korean pair Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun are at present ranked 12 in the world. Since playing their first competition together in October last year they have played in five competitions and taken an impression haul of three titles and one second place.


In the women’s doubles, the three top ranked pairs are also from China, however, four pairs from Japan have forced their way into the top 10 and their potential cannot be overlooked; the situation in the mixed doubles is like that of the men’s doubles, with various countries quite evenly matched.


At present, the top ranked players in the five disciplines are:men’s singles-Lee Chong Wei, women’s singles-Li Xue Rui, men’s singles-Boe/Mogensen, women’s doubles-Tian Qing/ Zhao Yun Lei; mixed doubles-Xu Chen/Ma Jin.


Ko Sung Hyun & Lee Yong Dae  in 2012 Hong Kong OPEN
Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae


BWF Super Series Finals 2012 (Dec. 11-Dec. 16 2012)

Many players pulled out of the Super Series Finals in December due to injury and the finals were no exception. In the women’s singles final, Wang Shixian pulled out of the match after suffering a suspected waist injury in the second game, handing the title to Li Xue Rui on a plate. In the mixed doubles, China’s Zhang Nan/Zhao Yun Lei lost once again to Danes Nielsen/Pedersen, going down 21:17, 12:21, 14:21, and having to settle for runners-up spot.

In the men’s doubles, although Japan’s Endo Hiroyuki/ Hayakawa Kenichi went down 17:21, 19:21 against formidable Danish pair Boe/Mogensen, they put up a stubborn fight and played really well, winning the applause of the crowd.

In the men’s singles event, China’s Chen Long beat team mate Du Peng Yu 21:12, 21:13. In the women’s doubles, Yu Yang/Wang Shao Li steamrollered the Danes Rytter-Juh /Pedersen 21:1, 21:1 to take the title.


India Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships (Dec 18-Dec 23)

The final grand prix gold tournament of the year came to a close in India. In the six days of play the players who were the focus of the attention of fans were South Korea men’s doubles pair Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun. They have both previously been top world men’s doubles players but with different partners. After the London Olympics the South Korea coaches made some adjustment to the men’s doubles pairings and Lee and Ko were placed together as a doubles partnership because of Lee’s outstanding returning ability and Ko’s powerful smashes.

At the India Grand Prix Gold, Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun maintained a very high standard of play throughout and brushed aside their opponents Kang Ji Wook/ Lee Seung Joon in the final without much trouble 21:13, 21:19.

On Oct. 4, 2012 the pair had a world ranking of 150. Three months later (January 3, 2013) they had shot up to 12th.


Chinese Taipei 
Poised for action!

Another men’s pair that has good potential is Chinese Taipei’s Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin. They have only played in three international tournament but have already claimed one title. They will play at the first super series premier event, the Victor Korea Open Super Series Premier 2013, and will face Olympic champions Cai Yun/Fu Hai Feng in the first round.


Chinese Taipei Men's Double-Tsai Chia Hsin / Lee Sheng Mu

Tsai Chia Hsin/Lee Sheng Mu


Chinese Taipei’s women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying has reached her highest world record so far, moving up to 10th. She will play Thai player Inthanon Ratchanok, a player who is similar in age, ability and world ranking (9th,) in the first round at the Victor Korea Open Super Series Premier 2013.


Tai Tzu Ying  in 2012 Chinese Taipei Open

Tai Tzu Ying

BWF World Rankings to January 3

Ranking Men’s singles Women’s singles Men’s doubles Women’s doubles Mixed doubles
1 LEE Chong Wei
LI Xuerui

Mathias BOE /  Carsten MORGENSEN

TIAN Qing / ZHAO Yunlei
XU Chen / MA jin
2 CHEN Long
Kien Keat KOO /
Boon Heong TAN[Malaysia]

BAO Yi Xin / ZHONG Qian Xin

Tontowi AHAMD /
Lilyana NATSIR
3 CHEN Jin

CAI Yun / FU Hai Feng

WANG Xiao Li /
Yu Yang

 Peng Soon CHAN /
Liu Ying GOH [Malaysia]

4 LIN Dan

Juliane SCHENK[Germany]

Hiroyuki ENDO / Kenichi HAYAKAWA
Kamilla RYTTER JUHL / Christimma PEDERSEN
ZHANG Nan / ZHAO Yun Lei

DU Pengyu

WANG Shi Xian

KIM Ki Jung / KIM Sa Rang
Shizuka MATSUO / Mami NAITO


Kenichi TAGO[Japan]

JIANG Yan Jiao

Miyuki MAEDA / Satoko SUETSUNA


Tina BAUN [Denmark] Bodin ISSARA / Maneepong JONGJIT


Muhammad RIJAL / Debby SUSANTO
8 NGUYEN Tien Minh
SUNG Ji Hyun [Korea]
FANG Chieh Min / LEE Sheng Mu
EOM Hye Won / JANG Ye Na
Robert MATEUSIAK / Nadiezda ZIEBA *
Ratchanok INTANON[Thailand]
Hirokatsu HASHIMOTO / Noriyasu HIRATA [JPN] Mizuki FUJI / Reika KAKIIWA
Danny Bawa CHRISNANTA / Yu Yan Vanessa NEO
10 HU Yun

TAI Tzu Ying

Thien How HOON / Wee Kiong TAN ~
JUNG Kyung Eun / KIM Ha Na


( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )