In every sport, there are always players who make breakthroughs at a very young age. They become winners at the dawn of their careers. And more often than not they go on to become winners in their career. Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan won his first Superseries title at the age of 18 years, 5 months and 17 days.
So, here is a list of youngest players currently active who have won the Superseries and World Tour titles at a young age.
1. Kento Momota (Men’s Singles)
Kento Momota won the 2015 Singapore Open Superseries title at the age of 20 years, 7 months, and 11 days. He defeated Hu Yun of Hong Kong with a score of 21-17, 16-21, 21-15 in the final. Momota is a two-time and the current world champion.
2. Shi Yu Qi (Men’s Singles)
Shi Yu Qi won his first Superseries title at the 2016 French Open. He defeated Korean veteran Lee Hyun Il in two straight games, 21-16, 21-19. He was 20 years, 8 months, and 2 days at the time of his win. Yu Qi is the new face of Chinese badminton in the men’s singles discipline.
3. Chen Qing Chen (Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles)
At the age of 18 years, 11 months, and 20 days, Chen Qing Chen won the women’s doubles title at the 2016 Australian Open Superseries with Bao Yixin. The pair defeated the Indonesian pair of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii with a score of 23-21, 21-17.
At 19 years, 3 months, and 2 days, Chen won the mixed doubles title with Zheng Si Wei at the 2016 Japan Open Superseries after defeating Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na with a score of 21-10, 21-15. Although she excels in both the disciplines, Chen is currently focused on women’s doubles only.
4. Zheng Si Wei (Mixed Doubles)
Zheng Si Wei won his first Superseries title at the 2016 Japan Open with Chen Qing Chen. He was 19 years old and 7 months. Since his early years, Zheng has had the potential of a winner. He is currently world no 1 in mixed doubles with his new partner Huang Ya Qiong.
5. Lee Yong Dae (Men’s Doubles)
Lee Yong Dae won the 2007 Korean Open Superseries title at the age of 18 years, 4 months, and 17 days. Together with the late Jung Jae Sung, he defeated Lee Jae Jin and Hwang Ji Man with a score of 21-16, 21-15 in the final. Lee is currently a professional player after deciding to leave the national team in 2016.
6. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (Men’s Doubles)
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the 2019 Thailand Open Super 500 with his partner Chirag Shetty. They defeated Li Jun Hui/Liu Yu Chen with a score of 21-19, 18-21, 21-18. He was 18 years, 11 months, and 22 days old. He is a budding talent from India in men’s doubles discipline.
7. Baek Ha Na (Women’s Doubles)
Baek Ha Na won the 2019 Denmark Open Super 750 title with partner Jung Kyung Eun after defeating Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan 9-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the final. She was 19 years, and 28 days. She is a former junior world champion as well in her discipline.
8. An Se Young (Women’s Singles)
An Se Young at the age of 17 years, 8 months, and 22 days defeated reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin to win the 2019 French Open Super 750 title. The final score was 16-21, 21-18, 21-5. She skipped playing in junior tournaments to play in senior tournaments and is certainly looking to be a major contender for titles in future.
9. Akane Yamaguchi (Women’s Singles)
Akane Yamaguchi is the youngest women’s singles player to ever win a Superseries title (now the World Tour title). She won the 2013 Japan Open Superseries at the age of 16 years, 3 months, and 16 days. She defeated Shizuka Uchida with a score of 21-15 21-19. She is currently the top ranked player in Japan.