Tokyo Olympics Badminton: Top 5 Women players to watch out for

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Badminton: In absense of defending champion Carloina Marin, PV Sindhu, Tai Tzu Ying and local favorites Okuhara and Yamaguchi are top favorites to win an Olympic Medal at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contenders
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contenders

Badminton was first demonstrated at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, but it officially made the cut only in the year 1992 at Barcelona Olympics, where the Women’s singles event also made the debut. Since then, Women’s singles has been a regular feature at the Olympics.

In recent years, women players have gained a lot of popularity with the likes of PV Sindhu, Carolina Marin, Tai Tzu-Ying and many more. Moreover, there will be a new Olympic champion in this event since defending champion Carolina Marin has been ruled out of the games.

Tokyo Olympics Badminton: Top 5 front-runners for the podium finish

Tai Tzu-ying (Taiwan)

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - Tai Tzu Ying
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – Tai Tzu Ying
NameTai Tzu-ying
NationalityTaiwan
Current RankWorld number 1
Career Stats406 wins – 152 losses
Career Titles (BWF Tours)29
Result at Rio OlympicsRound of 16

Tai Tzu-Ying is a Taiwanese player who will be the top seed at the Olympics. The 26-years-old became the world number 1 at the age of 22, and she holds the record for being at the top for 148 weeks. Some of her major achievements are Gold in the 2018 Asian Games, World Tour Finals title and two-times All England Open champion. She will be aiming for the Olympic title, which will make her a complete champion.

Chen Yufei (China)

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - Chen Yufei
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – Chen Yufei
NameChen Yufei
NationalityChina
Current RankWorld number 2
Career Stats233 wins – 76 losses
Career Titles (BWF Tours)10
Result at Rio OlympicsNA

Chen Yufei is a Chinese player who is current ranked at number two. The 23-years-old came up from the junior ranks, and her first senior title came at Macau Open 2015. Since then, she has won the BWF tour finals, Malaysian Master, in recent years. Therefore, she would be the surprise package at the games.

Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - Nozomi Okuhara
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – Nozomi Okuhara
NameNozomi Okuhara
NationalityJapan
Current RankWorld number 3
Career Stats325 wins -103 losses
Career Titles (BWF Tours)15
Result at Rio OlympicsBronze Medalist

Nozomi Okuhara is a former World number one who is known for her speed and agility in the court. The 26-years-old is currently ranked number three, and some of her major achievements are Bronze in Rio Olympics, All England title which she recently won in March. She would be going all out for the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.

Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - Ratchanok Intanon
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – Ratchanok Intanon
NameRatchanok Intanon
NationalityThailand
Current RankWorld number 6
Career Stats405 wins – 181 losses
Career Titles (BWF Tour)19
Result at Rio OlympicsRound of 16

The 26-years-old is currently ranked number six who is also the first Thai player to become World number one when she achieved the feat in 2013. In addition, she was the first-ever players to win three super series singles title in three consecutive weeks. Performing at the big stages makes her a big threat at the Olympics.

P.V Sindhu (India)

Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - PV Sindhu
Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender – PV Sindhu
NamePV Sindhu
NationalityIndia
Current RankWorld number 7
Career Stats344 wins -148 losses
Career Titles (BWF Tour)14
Result at Rio OlympicsSilver Medalist

Last but not least, P.V Sindhu, the Silver medallist at the Rio Olympics who is currently ranked at number seven. The 25-years-old athlete has won many tournaments in the BWF circuit, including Gold at the 2019 World Championship. She would try to replicate her performance of the 2016 Olympics here.

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