Badminton Facts

Badminton has claimed to be the second most-popular participation sport in the world. Only Soccer beats it. It is officially the fastest racquet sport in the world. Here are some other interesting facts! The information below is an extract from the 2014 ABO Souvenir Program:


Ra Kyung Min of South Korea, a previous Australian Open winner and double World Champion in mixed doubles (1999, 2003), holds records for the shortest international competition match as well as some of the lengthiest. Ra took six minutes to defeat Julia Mann of England in women’s singles during the 1996 Uber Cup, 11-2, 11-1. In women’s doubles, Ra Kyung Min / Lee Kyung Won came up against China’s Gao Ling / Huang Sui twice in matches reportedly lasting two hours each in 2004. The Chinese won the earlier All England encounter at the deuce stage 9-15, 15-4, 17-14. The Koreans won next at the Korea Open 15-12, 10-15, 15- 8. On both occasions, Ra played mixed doubles too on the same days and went on to become mixed doubles champion at both tournaments. Ra Kyung Min / Lee Kyung Won were involved in one of the longest badminton rallies. 157 shots were counted in one rally between the Koreans and Danish pair Rikke Olsen / Ann Lou Jorgensen at the 2003 Sudirman Cup in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The tensest matches in badminton history include:

Unbelievable Turnaround

- Malaysia Open 2006 men’s singles final, Kota Kinabalu. Lee Chong Wei [MAL] def. Lin Dan [CHN] 21-18, 18-21, 23-21. Malaysia’s Lee crawled backed from 13-20 behind, in the process erasing seven of Lin’s match points in the decider, to eventually claim his third major on home soil.

Both Sides Deserving

World Championships 2009 men’s doubles final, New Delhi.Fu Haifeng / Cai Yun [CHN] def. Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae [KOR] 21-18, 16-21, 28-26. The Chinese pair arrived at match point first at 20-21. The Koreans had two match point opportunities at 22-21 and 23-22 before bowing to the Chinese defending champions.

Very Brave Choosing Sudden Death

World Championships 1999 women’s singles final, Copenhagen. Camilla Martin [DEN] def Dai Yun [CHN] 11-6, 6-11, 11-10. A week prior, the Dane was unable to close out the match against this same opponent despite a 9-2 lead in the deciding game of the Sudirman Cup final. It was almost deja-vu at the World Championships when Martin forged ahead to match point 10-3 in the third game and again Dai reeled the scores back level. Martin elected for the sudden death scenario instead of deuce thus giving Dai Yun match point too. Martin saved one match point to earn her own eighth match point and became World Champion after an 18 stroke rally which ended when Dai’s net shot failed to go over.


The 2014 Australian Open Super Series offers US$750000 prize money which makes it the second richest on the Badminton World Federation [BWF] tournament circuit. Only the Indonesia Super Series Premier happening a week earlier surpasses with a larger sum.

Four out of Five

Badminton’s debut as a medal sport at the XXVth Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992 did not feature the mixed doubles discipline.

Aussie Gold

Australia has twice taken individual gold medals in badminton at the Commonwealth Games. Audrey Tucker / Mike Scandolera won mixed doubles in 1986 at Edinburgh, Scotland. Lisa Campbell won the women’s singles in 1994 at Victoria, British Colombia.

Red & Yellow

A player will be fined US$500 upon receiving any red card penalty and the same amount if they receive a third yellow card penalty during any BWF sanctioned tournament in a calendar year.

Same as Lady Gaga & Kylie Minogue

The height of the net in badminton should be 1.55 metres at the edges and 1.524 metres at the centre, or 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet respectively in the imperial units measurement system.

$$$ Ka-Ching

Lin Dan is badminton’s highest earner and according to Forbes magazine, over the past year, is only eclipsed by tennis star Li Na as the highest earning athlete in China.

Lighter than a Medium Sized Apple

Together a shuttlecock and racquet weighs less than 100 grams. Typically, a shuttlecock is between 4.74 to 5.5 grams and carbon racquets are around 75 to 90 grams.

On the Right Side of the Law

When serving in badminton, the racquet shaft must be pointing at a downwards angle at the moment of impact with the shuttle, the cork of the shuttle must initially be struck, and the whole shuttle must be below the waist (defined as the lowest rib) during impact.

Did You Know?

Poland, Sweden, Germany,and the Netherlands have boasted world number 1 players in badminton: Poland: Nadiezda Zieba / Robert Mateusiak in mixed doubles Sweden: Lim Xiaoqing in women’s singles Germany: Xu Huaiwen in women’s singles Netherlands: Mia Audina Tjiptawan in women’s singles