2012 BWF World Rankings up to May 3


Shon Wan Ho

Shon Wan Ho has taken the scalps of top players from different countries in succession


After months of racket string-like tension players were at last able to relax at the end of April

At the end of the last Olympic qualifying tournament, the Indian Open, at the end of April, no matter if a player actually qualified for the London Olympics or missed the cut, they were all able to heave a sigh of relief and, after a bit of mental and target adjustment, they will soon be ready to start afresh.

he BWF rankings released on May 3, 2012 showed that, after the top ranked players all played well in April, they all stayed in their respective top spots in the world rankings (men’s singles:Lee Chong Wei, men’s doubles: Cai Yun/Fu Hai Feng, women’s singles: Wang Yi Han, women’s doubles: Wang Xiao Li/Yu Yang and mixed doubles: Zhang Nan/Zhao Yun Lei)


Unbelievable in New Delhi   South Korean players show their mettle

Shon Wan Ho faced top Danish player Peter Hoeg Gade, a player he has lost to in each of their previous six meetings, in the last eight at the Indian Open. Shon knew that his chances of playing at the London Olympics depended on playing his best and beating a player he had never managed to overcome before.


Shon’s desire to play at the Olympics inspired him to raise his game in terms of power speed and maturity, and he was able to beat the Dane.A player on fire, he kept up this momentum and not only made it to the final, he beat the world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to take the men’s singles title. The success won by this young player’s skill and never-say-die fighting spirit took his world ranking to 14th in one fell swoop, and also booked him a seat on the plane to London with the South Korean team.


Kim Ha Na-Jung Kyung Eun

Kim Ha Na/ Jung Kyung Eun, the winners of the women’s doubles title at the Indian Open 2012


Kim Ha Na/ Jung Kyung Eun faced an even more difficult situation. They had to win at least second place at the Indian Open to qualify for the Olympics. They faced two tough Japanese pairs in the quarter finals and semi-finals; both matches were long games that were hard won victories for the Koreans. Their desire to win strengthened their ability to resist pressure and made them tougher, not only allowing them to reach the final and quality for the Olympics ( their world ranking rose to 8th) they were able to go on to win their first Super Series title ever.


The South Korean team for the London Olympics 2012.


Men’s singles: Lee Hyun II , Shon Wan Ho
Men’s doubles: Jung Jae SungLee Yong Dae ,  Ko Sung Hyun / Yoo Yeon Seong 
Women’s singles: Sung Ji Hyun , Bae Youn Joo
Women’s doubles: Ha Jung EunKim Min JungKim Ha Na / Jung Kyung Eun
Mixed doubles: Lee Yong DaeHa Jung Eun


Chen Hung Ling-Cheng Wen Hsing

Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing, winners of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold 2012

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Chinese Taipei’s heroes make a big impact at Sydney

At the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold 2012 in April, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing in the mixed doubles, Lee Sheng Mu / Fang Chieh Min in the men’s doubles and Cheng Wen Hsing / Chien Yu Chin in the women’s doubles all reached the final. Chen / Cheng beat top Malaysian pair, Chan Peng Soon/ Goh Liu Ying to take the mixed doubles title. In the end Chinese Taipei’s impressive results overall at the Grand Prix Gold were one title and two runners-up spots. 

Such outstanding results obviously won the players a bunch of points; men’s doubles pair Lee Sheng Mu / Fang Chieh Min leaped up three spots in the rankings to seventh, while mixed doubles pair Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing kept their impressive fifth spot in the world rankings!

In the women’s singles, Tai Tzu Ying also saw her ranking rise to 12th. There are high hopes for the youngest player in the Chinese Taipei team at the London Olympics.


Chinese Taipei team for the London Olympics 2012


Men’s singles: Hsu Jen Hao
Men’s doubles: Lee Sheng Mu / Fang Chieh Min
Women’s singles: Cheng Shao Chieh, Tai Tzu Ying
 Women’s doubles: Cheng Wen Hsing / Chien Yu Chin
Mixed doubles: Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing


Vietnam team for the London Olympics 2012

Men’s singles: Nguyen Tien Minh


BWF World Rankings for April 2012


Ranking Men’s singles Women’s singles Men’s doubles Women’s doubles Mixed doubles
1 Lee Chong Wei
Wang Yi Han
Cai Yun/Fu Hai Feng
Wang Xiao Li/
Yu Yang
Zhang Nan/
Zhao Yun Lei
2 Lin Dan
Wang Xin
Lee Yong Dae/ Jung Jae Sung


Tian Qing/
Zhao Yunlei
Xu Chen/
Ma jin
3 Chen Long
Wang Shi Xian
Mathias Boe/
Carsten Morgensen
Ha Jung Eun/
Kim Min Jung
Tontowi Ahmad/
Lilyana Natsir
4 Chen Jin
Li Xue Rui
Ko Sung Hyun/
Yoo Yeon Seong
Mizuki Fujii/Reika Kakiiwa [Japan] Joachim Fischer Nielsen/
Christinna Pedersen
5 Peter Hoeg Gade
Saina Nehwal
Chai Biao/
Guo Zhen Dong
Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christimma Pedersen
Chen Hung Ling/
Cheng Wen Hsing
[Chinese Taipei]
6 Sho Sasaki
Jiang Yan Jiao
Muhammad Ahsan/
Bona Septano
Miyuki Maeda/Satoko Suetsuna
Tomas Laybourn/
Kamilla Rytter Juhl [Denmark]
7 Lee Hyun II [Korea] Tina Baun [Denmark] Lee Sheng Mu/
Fang Chieh Min
[Chinese Taipei]
Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito
Lee Yong Dae/ Ha Jung Eun
8 Kenichi Tago[Japan] Juliane Schenk[Germany] Kien Keat Koo /
Boon Heong Tan[Malaysia]
Kim Ha Na/ Jung Kyung Eun          [ Korea] Sudket Prapakamol/
9 Simon Santoso
Cheng Shao Chieh
[Chinese Taipei]

Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan      [Indonesia]

Bao Yi Xin/Zhong Qian Xin
Peng Soon Chan/
Liu Ying Goh [Malaysia]
10 Du Peng Yu
Sung Ji Hyun [Korea] Hong Wei/ShenYe
Cheng Wen Hsing/Chien Yu Chin
[Chinese Taipei]
Chris Adcock / Imogen Bankier