Vietnam's top female badminton player enters world's top 20

Vietnam's top female badminton player, Nguyen Thuy Linh, earned a historic milestone on October 24 by entering the top 20 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s world rankings for the first time.
Vietnam's top female badminton player Nguyen Thuy Linh (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thuy Linh)

According to the latest BWF rankings, Linh has a total of 45,550 points, rising four places from 24th to 20th globally, the highest ranking achieved by the 1997-born player from the northern province of Phu Tho so far.

In the qualification rankings for the 2024 Paris Olympics, she also climbed to 15th place in the women's singles category, being within the group of players eligible to participate in the Olympics. However, the final list of participants will not be confirmed until April 2024, so the Vietnamese player will need to continue competing in international tournaments to maintain her high ranking and achieve her goal of securing a spot in Paris.

After the conclusion of the 2023 Asian Games (ASIAD), Linh joined in a series of tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals of the Arctic Open and the second round of the Denmark Open. She is scheduled to have a match against Chen Yu Fei at the French Open 2023 on October 25.