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BWF Rankings-released on July 4, 2013

In the latest BWF rankings released on July 4, the world’s top-ranked players in the five badminton disciplines were:men’s singles:Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia); women’s singles: Li Xue Rui (China); men’s doubles: Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae (ROK); women’s doubles: Wang Xiao Li/Yu Yang (China); mixed doubles: Xu Chen/Ma Jin (China.)  
 

Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae open up a big gap and are firmly in place at No.1 

In the highly competitive men’s doubles discipline, the ROK’s Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae have not just been able to reach the top spot, they have also opened a massive 10,000 gap between them and second placed Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia. Looking back on their success since the start of 2013, it is clear their formidable reputation is well-deserved. 
 
Leaving tournaments under BWF Level 3 (introduction of BWF Tournament Levels) in the first half of 2013, Ko/Lee took one Super Series Premier title, the  Badminton Asia Championship and four runners-up spots in Super Series tournaments, an impressive haul indeed. In the two international tournaments in June alone, the Indonesia Open 2013 and Singapore Open 2013, they claimed two second places. Their high level of skill and steady performance drawing on rich competition experience has made them frequent winners and given them a very big lead at the top of the world rankings.  
 

Indonesia Open 2013 (June, 10~16)

In the final of the men’s doubles at the Indonesia Open, the ROK’s Ko/Lee faced fancied local pair Ahsan/Setiawan. Roared on by the home crowd, the local boys showed they were determined to take the title, playing aggressively and leaving few openings for the ROK pair, who in the end couldn’t resist the onslaught and went down 14-21,18-21 to take second place.
 
Event WINNER Score RUNNER-UP Video
WD Yixin BAO [8] 
Shu CHENG 
15-21、21-18、21-18  Xiaoli WANG [1]
 Yang (F) YU
Live Video
MS Chong Wei LEE [1]  21-15、21-14  Marc ZWIEBLER Live Video
WS Xuerui LI [1]  21-16、18-21、21-17  Juliane SCHENK [4] Live Video
MD Mohammad AHSAN 
Hendra SETIAWAN 
21-14、21-18
 Sung Hyun KO [2]
 Yong Dae LEE
Live Video
XD  Nan ZHANG [3]
Yunlei ZHAO 
24-22、20-22、21-12  FISCHER NIELSEN [4]
 PEDERSEN
Live Video
 
In other disciplines, Datuk Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, dealt with Germany’s Zwiebler in straight games to take the men’s title with little difficulty. In the women’s singles final, after a hard-fought three game match, Li Xue Rui was able to beat Germany’s Schenk, who will retire at the end of the year, by a narrow margin. In the women’s doubles, China’s Cheng Shu/Bao Yi Xin beat teammates Yu Yang/Wang Xiao Li, who many fancied to take the title, to take their first Premier series title. China’s Zhang Nan/Zhao Yun Lei took the mixed doubles title.
 

Singapore Open 2013 (June, 18~23)

In the final of the mixed doubles, Indonesia’s “Lighting pair” Tontowi/Liliyana showed excellent mutual understanding and great vigor as they met the challenge of  the ROK’s Yoo Yeon Seong/Eom Hye Won; leaving their opponents with no answer to the onslaught they faced, Tontowi/Liliyana  took an easy victory in just 35 minutes, taking their second Super Series title this year after their All-England title win in March.   
 
Event Player 1 Score Player 2 Video
XD Tontowi AHMAD [3] 
Liliyana NATSIR 
21-12、21-12 KOR Yeon Seong YOO
KOR Hye Won EOM
Live Video
WS Yihan WANG [4]  21-18、21-12  Xuerui LI [1] Live Video
MS
Tommy SUGIARTO 
20-22、21-5、21-17 THA Boonsak PONSANA [5] Live Video
WD Qing TIAN [5] 
Yunlei ZHAO 
21-19、21-16 JPN Misaki MATSUTOMO [2]
JPN Ayaka TAKAHASHI
Live Video
MD Mohammad AHSAN 
Hendra SETIAWAN 
21-15、21-18 KOR Sung Hyun KO [1]
KOR Yong Dae LEE
Live Video
 
In other disciplines, the ROK’s Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae again fell at the hands of Indonesia’s Ahsan/Setiawan in the final but still took their fourth Super Series runners-up spot of the year. In the men’s singles, after an epic 69 minute battle, Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto overcame Thailand’s Ponsana by a narrow margin to take the title. In the women’s singles final, Wang Yi Han of China beat compatriot Li Xue Rui;in the women’s doubles, Tian Qing/Zhao Lei, who haven’t played as a doubles pair for a long while, beat Japanese opponents to take the title. 
 

Keep going, Tai Tzu Ying!

Chinese Taipei’s prodigy Tai Tzu Ying continued her steady march up the women’s singles world rankings and is now in eighth spot. Tai made it to the quarter-finals at almost all the Super Series and Grand Prix Gold tournaments in 2013 and took the title at the Malaysia Open, showing that she is a force to be reckoned with and there is still more to come. Give a little more time, it can be expected that she will break the record for the highest ranking ever held by a Chinese Taipei  player in the women’s singles (Cheng Shao Chieh once reached seventh) and then go on to break her own record and march inexorably towards the world No. 1 spot!
 
 

BWF World Rankings to July 4 , 2013

Men's singles
Rank Country Player Points
1 LEE Chong Wei 97323.0828
2 CHEN Long 90825.0064
3 DU Pengyu 62390.0000
4 Boonsak PONSANA 59247.9914
5 Kenichi TAGO 57724.9656
6  HU Yun 55958.6000
7 Tommy SUGIARTO 53797.9500
8 Jan O JORGENSEN 53278.3484
9 Tien Minh NGUYEN 51166.7218
10 Sony Dwi KUNCORO 50830.0000
 
 
Women's singles
Rank Country Player Points
1 LI Xuerui 87619.9715
2 WANG Yihan 74848.4749
3 Saina NEHWAL 73510.0000
4 Juliane SCHENK 73423.5663
5 Ratchanok INTANON 72628.1795
6 SUNG Ji Hyun 63957.5837
7 Tine BAUN 60230.0000
8 TAI Tzu Ying 59149.3326
9 WANG Shixian 57080.0000
10 Minatsu MITANI 56277.0000
 
 
Men's doubles
Rank Country Player Points
1 84545.8812
2
Kien Keat KOO
Boon Heong TAN
73240.3459
3
Mathias BOE
Carsten MOGENSEN
72061.9007
4
Hiroyuki ENDO
Kenichi HAYAKAWA
69305.3068
5
KIM Ki Jung
KIM Sa Rang
65489.0000
6
Hendra SETIAWAN
Mohammad AHSAN
64770.0000
7
LIU Xiaolong
QIU Zihan
59979.5297
8
 CAI Yun
FU Haifeng
59947.4635
9
Angga PRATAMA
Ryan Agung SAPUTRA
50848.5224
10
Thien How HOON
Wee Kiong TAN ~
49980.0000
 
 
Women's doubles
Rank Country Player Points
1
WANG Xiaoli
YU Yang (F)
78455.3868
2
Misaki MATSUTOMO
Ayaka TAKAHASHI
70750.1634
3
MA Jin
TANG Jinhua
69810.0000
4
Shizuka MATSUO
Mami NAITO Kamilla RYTTER JUHL
Christinna PEDERSEN
64555.6336
5
EOM Hye Won
JANG Ye Na
56850.0000
6
Pia Zebadiah BERNADETH
Rizki Amelia PRADIPTA
56360.0000
7
Duanganong AROONKESORN
Kunchala VORAVICHITCHAIKUL
54048.4839
8
TIAN Qing
ZHAO Yunlei
53500.0000
9 48129.9943
10 HKG
POON Lok Yan
TSE Ying Suet
47703.8484
 
 
Mixed doubles
Rank Country Player Points
1
XU Chen
MA Jin
92610.7000
2
ZHANG Nan
ZHAO Yunlei
89740.5344
3 85552.0000
4
Joachim FISCHER NIELSEN
Christinna PEDERSEN
78118.6000
5
Peng Soon CHAN
Liu Ying GOH
69697.7000
6
Muhammad RIJAL
Debby SUSANTO
59517.0000
7
Sudket PRAPAKAMOL
Saralee THOUNGTHONGKAM
58277.7000
8
Robert MATEUSIAK
Nadiezda ZIEBA *
56760.0000
9
Markis KIDO
Pia Zebadiah BERNADETH
52320.0000
10
Fran KURNIAWAN
Shendy Puspa IRAWATI
48470.0000

( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )