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Top 10 women's badminton doubles pair of 2022

Published at :December 6, 2022 at 10:02 PM
Modified at :December 6, 2022 at 10:02 PM
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The final tournament of the year World Tour Finals will begin on December 7.

The 2022 BWF calendar has only one event left which is the prestigious BWF World Tour finals where the top 8 athletes in the current calendar in each category make it to the event. The women’s badminton doubles category will be dominated by Malaysia, China, and Thailand each representing two teams.

Jeong Na-eun / Kim Hye-jeong

The South Korean pair topped the World Tour Finals list winning the BWF Super 750 Japan Open and BWF Super 500 Korea Open. The badminton pair though were very unfortunate losing five semifinals in the calendar year with the most important one being the All-England Open and the Malaysian Open. Jeong previously won medals at both the Junior Asian and World Championships.

Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifen

Chen and Jia are one of the two pairs to qualify for the World Tour Finals and had an impressive 2022 season winning four titles (BWF 750 Denmark Open, BWF 500 Indonesia Open, BWF 500 Malaysian Open, and BWF 300 Australian Open). The pair won all the finals they reached this season finishing semifinalist only once during the BWF 750 Japan Open.

Benyapa Aimsaard / Nuntakarn Aimsaard

The top-seeded Thailand pair reached the finals of five events winning three and finishing runners-up twice. The pair started the season on a bright note winning the first BWF title of the season ( BWF 500 India Open) along with winning the BWF 300 Hylo Open and BWF 100 Vietnam Open. Benyapa and Nuntakarn finished runners-up during Korea and the season-ending Australian Open.

7. Apriani Rahayu / Ramadhanti

Rahayu is one of the greatest badminton players in the women's category and recently won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics partnering with Greysia Polii. The new Indonesia pairing had a pretty decent year winning BWF Super 750 Malaysia Open and the BWF Super 500 Singapore Open. The pair was unfortunate on losing the finals of the Indonesia Open in front of their home fans.

6. Pearly Tan / Thinaah Muralitharan

Pearly and Thinaah are one of the two pairs to qualify for the World Tour Finals from Malaysia and achieved recent success by winning the BWF Super 750 French Open the last leg of the European series. The pair recently went on to win the gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Pearly and Thinaah lost three semifinals ( Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia Masters) 

5. Zhang Shuxian / Zheng Yu

The Chines pair was one of the most unsuccessful pairs finishing runners-up thrice and winning just a single title at the season-ending BWF Super 300 Australian Open. Zheng Yu is one of the most experienced players who has played professionally for the past two decades. The pair will be one of the favourites to win the BWF World Tour Finals.

4. Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Prajongjai 

The Thailand pair finished sixth in the race to the WTF and had a pretty decent season. The pair could reach the finals of only one tournament (the BWF Super 300 Hylo Open) and finished semifinalists at three major events. They had the problem of losing out on pressure situations and should look to perform well at the WTF.

3. Vivian Hoo / Lim Chiew Sien

Vivian/Sien are the second Malaysian pair to make it to the world tour finals and are currently ranked 25th in the BWF rankings. The pair hasn't won any of the major tours except for making it to the semifinals of the BWF Super 300 Swiss Open. Though they did not have any tour events but have been consistent in the events participated.

2. Gayatri Gopichand / Treesa Jolly

India has found an alternative pair for Ashwini/Sikki who were holding the baton of women’s doubles for many years. The Indian young pair reached the semifinals of the prestigious All England Open and since have risen at a good pace. They recently achieved their career-best ranking of 19 in the BWF rankings and will be eyeing a consistent run in the next season.

1. Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida  

The Japanese pair are ranked world no 2 in the women's doubles rankings. The pair recently won the BWF Super 1000 Indonesia Open and BWF 1000 All England Open along with finishing runners-up at the BWF 500 Malaysia Open. The Japanese duo recently reached the semifinals of the BWF Super 750 Denmark Open.