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The Rise of Viktor Axelsen in the BWF World Rankings

Viktor Axelsen, the Danish badminton player, has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the world No.1 in the BWF World Rankings for the 123rd week. This surpasses any other active men’s singles player in the rankings. Despite some challenges in the first quarter of the year, Axelsen’s consistent performance has earned him this milestone.

Axelsen’s Journey to the Top

Axelsen’s first stint as the world No.1 lasted for a year after his victory in the 2017 World Championships. However, he briefly slipped to No.7 before reclaiming the top spot in December 2021. Since then, he has held onto the No.1 position for 72 consecutive weeks. This impressive achievement is a testament to his exceptional skills and determination.

Axelsen’s Dominance in the Rankings

In the 52-week ranking period, Axelsen’s outstanding form led him to win seven titles, accumulating a total of 108,206 points. This places him over 30,000 points ahead of Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who reached his highest rank of No.2 this week. Axelsen’s consistent success highlights his remarkable talent and contributions to the sport.

Mixed Doubles Dominance: Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong

Noteworthy achievements are not limited to singles players. In the mixed doubles category, Chinese duo Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong have displayed remarkable dominance. They have now held the No.1 position for an impressive 157 weeks. Their reign began in December 2022, but they first reached the top spot in August 2018, spending 129 consecutive weeks there.

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Image: Mixed Doubles Dominance

Other Recent Highlights

  • Priyanshu Rajawat’s victory in the Orléans Masters 2023 propelled him to climb 20 places to reach No.38. He follows other accomplished Indian players such as Prannoy H. S. (No.9), Kidambi Srikanth (No.23), and Lakshya Sen (No.24).
  • Huang Dong Ping, the Olympic champion in mixed doubles, has made significant strides in the rankings. She currently holds two positions in the top 10 with different partners. Her recent partnership with Feng Yan Zhe has seen them rise to No.7.
  • China’s emerging players have also made noteworthy progress this season. Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi, winners at the Ruichang China Masters and Orléans Masters, have climbed 28 spots to reach No.53 in the men’s doubles category. Additionally, Liu Sheng Shu, a women’s doubles prodigy, has moved up 22 places to No.57 with Tan Ning after their victories in the Madrid Spain Masters and their runner-up finish in Orléans.
  • Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto’s victory in Orléans helped them move up eight places to reach No.25 in the rankings. They trail behind five other Japanese pairs, three of whom are in the top 10: Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (No.2), Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (No.6), and Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara (No.9).

Image: Orléans Masters winner Rajawat

FAQs

  1. How many weeks has Viktor Axelsen been the world No.1?
    Viktor Axelsen has been the world No.1 for a total of 123 weeks.

  2. How many titles did Viktor Axelsen win in the 52-week ranking period?
    Viktor Axelsen won a total of seven titles in the 52-week ranking period.

  3. Who is the most dominant mixed doubles pair currently?
    Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong are considered the most dominant mixed doubles pair.

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Conclusion

Viktor Axelsen’s impressive reign as the world No.1 in the BWF World Rankings showcases his exceptional talent and resilience. His consistent performance and remarkable achievements continue to solidify his position at the top. Additionally, the dominance of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong in the mixed doubles category highlights their exceptional partnership. The badminton scene is full of promising players, and their progress and success contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of the sport.

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