Vietnam’s best badmintonist regains top 20 global ranking

By Hoang Nguyen   December 2, 2023 | 12:56 am PT
Vietnam’s best badmintonist regains top 20 global ranking
Nguyen Thuy Linh returns to world's top 20 after her performances in 2023. Photo by Badminton World Federation
The latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings have returned Vietnam’s number one badminton player Nguyen Thuy Linh to the world’s top 20.

The 20th position is also the highest ranking of Linh’s career to date.

By entering the quarterfinals of the women's singles event at the 2023 China Masters on Nov. 23, Linh accumulated an additional 6,050 points. Thanks to that, she earned a total of 48,200 points and climbed two places to put herself back in the world’s top 20.

Before the 2023 China Masters took place, Linh had dropped from her previous 20th ranking to 22nd in the world. At the tournament, Linh achieved her best result out of the 15 international tournaments she contested in 2023.

The event saw Linh stage two dramatic upset wins against world number five Carolina Marin and world number 20 Hojmark Kjaersfeldt.

After ending her impressive run in Shenzhen, China, Linh wrote on social media: "A year has passed with many emotions and I want to thank everyone for always being by my side to encourage and support me, and give me a lot of love. I feel like I'm a lucky athlete, because there are always a lot of people watching me. I don't feel alone in any tournament."

Linh, 26, also has a good chance of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics. In the BWF Olympics qualification rankings Linh has also climbed two places to 14th.

A total of 70 badminton athletes (35 males and 30 females) are eligible to compete in the Olympics.

The rankings will be finalized on April 30, 2024.

Linh is now preparing to vie in her first 2024 tournament, the Malaysia Open from Jan. 9 to 14. The tournament promises to pit some of the world’s strongest competitors against each other.

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