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Korean Teen An Se Young Makes Waves in Badminton World


At just 17 years old, An Se Young has taken the badminton world by storm with her remarkable performance at the YONEX French Open 2019. Her impressive victory over Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the final has catapulted her to the cusp of the top 10 in the BWF world rankings. With consistent wins throughout the season, An Se Young has secured her spot in the Race to Tokyo standings, currently sitting at an impressive No. 6, ahead of fellow Korean contenders Kim Ga Eun and Sung Ji Hyun[^1^].

Carolina Marin, on the other hand, has made an impressive comeback to the top 10 after a setback. Following a lengthy break due to an ACL injury, Marin stormed back onto the court and clinched the VICTOR China Open title in her first tournament back. She continued to shine with a semifinal finish in Denmark and a final appearance in France, raising her ranking to tenth place[^1^]. However, due to participating in only four tournaments during the Olympic qualifying period, Marin currently sits at No. 27 in the Race to Tokyo standings[^1^].

Breaking New Ground: Nozomi Okuhara Claims the Top Spot

Nozomi Okuhara

In a historic moment, Nozomi Okuhara has risen to the pinnacle of the women’s singles rankings for the first time. The Japanese player, who was the runner-up at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019, has showcased consistent performances throughout the year, securing her position at the top. Despite not winning a title this year, Okuhara has demonstrated her skill and determination by reaching the finals of five events[^1^].

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Dynamic Shifts in Men’s Singles Rankings

Chen Long

Chen Long, the French Open champion, has climbed the rankings, moving up to No. 3 in men’s singles. Kento Momota and Chou Tien Chen hold the top two positions, with Chen Long closely trailing behind. Notably, Anders Antonsen and Viktor Axelsen, both hailing from Denmark, follow closely behind Chen Long. Shi Yu Qi, who is currently recovering from an injury, has slipped to No. 6 in the rankings[^1^].

Rising Stars and Setbacks

Shesar Hiren Rhustavito

Outside the top 10, Indonesian player Shesar Hiren Rhustavito has made significant progress, climbing five spots to No. 19 after an impressive run to the quarterfinals in France. Meanwhile, Kantaphon Wangcharoen, the bronze medalist at the World Championships, has experienced a setback, slipping three places to No. 15 due to an early exit in Paris[^1^].


Q: How has An Se Young’s performance impacted her ranking in the BWF world rankings?

A: An Se Young’s outstanding victory at the YONEX French Open 2019 has propelled her to the edge of the top 10 in the BWF world rankings[^1^].

Q: What is Carolina Marin’s ranking after her successful comeback?

A: Following her triumphant return to the court after a lengthy break, Carolina Marin has climbed back into the top 10 of the BWF world rankings, currently occupying the tenth position[^1^].

Q: Who is the current No. 1 in the women’s singles rankings?

A: Nozomi Okuhara has claimed the top spot in the women’s singles rankings for the first time, showcasing her consistent performances and determination throughout the year[^1^].

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Q: Who are the top contenders in the men’s singles rankings?

A: Kento Momota currently holds the top spot in the men’s singles rankings, followed by Chou Tien Chen and Chen Long, who recently moved up to No. 3. Danish players Anders Antonsen and Viktor Axelsen closely trail behind[^1^].


The badminton world has witnessed remarkable performances and unexpected shifts in the rankings. An Se Young’s meteoric rise, Carolina Marin’s triumphant comeback, Nozomi Okuhara’s historic achievement, and the dynamic shifts in the men’s singles rankings have added excitement and anticipation to the upcoming tournaments. As the race to the Tokyo Olympics intensifies, fans eagerly await the next chapter in the exhilarating world of badminton.

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[^1^]: Source: Original article from BWF News