Viktor Axelsen earned a quarter of a million dollars

Axelsen topped the list issued by the BWF

by BWT Admin

Badminton is a sport that offers quite a large prize money. Although much smaller than that offered by tennis on the ATP Tour and WTA Tour, including the Grand Slams, the total prize money offered by badminton on the BWF World Tour is still greater than in many other popular sports.

Badminton players can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars from the dozens of BWF World Tour tournaments they participate in and become winners. In addition, top performers have a great opportunity to earn millions of dollars from sponsors, as Lin Dan and P. V. Sindhu did.

On July 21, 2022, the Badminton World Federation issued a report on badminton athletes with the highest earnings until the middle of this year. The world’s number one men’s singles player, Viktor Axelsen, tops the list.

Axelsen earned US$232,750 or almost a quarter of a million dollars. He got that much money after winning several tournaments, such as the 2022 All England Open and the 2022 Indonesia Open.

Axelsen is followed by Tai Tzu Ying, Taiwan’s number one women’s singles player, and the world’s number two. So far, Tai Tzu Ying has won US$140,300 in prize money.

Chinese mixed doubles player Huang Yaqiong is next with US$127,180. Her income is slightly higher than her partner, Zheng Siwei, because she once played with another partner, Ou Xuan Yi, earlier this season.

Here are the top 25 earners (as of 18 July 2022):

  1. Viktor Axelsen US$232,750
  2. Tai Tzu Ying US$140,300
  3. Huang Ya Qiong US$127,180
  4. Chen Yu Fei US$123,050
  5. Zheng Si Wei US$119,687
  6. Nami Matsuyama, Chiharu Shida US$103,894
  7. An Se Young US$103,105
  8. Akane Yamaguchi US$82,225
  9. Lakshya Sen US$75,460
  10. Ratchanok Intanon US$75,150
  11. Fajar Alfian, Muhammad Rian Ardianto US$65,630
  12. Lee Zii Jia US$64,595
  13. Yuta Watanabe, Arisa Higashino US$62,162
  14. Wang Zhi Yi US$57,640
  15. He Bing Jiao US$57,355
  16. Liu Yu Chen US$55,649
  17. Ou Xuan Yi US$54,024
  18. Pusarla V Sindhu US$53,852
  19. Busanan Ongbamrungphan US$49,785
  20. Yugo Kobayashi, Takuro Hoki US$48,027
  21. Zhao Jun Peng US$46,975
  22. Jonatan Christie US$46,360
  23. Bagas Maulana, Muhammad Shohibul Fikri US$43,894
  24. Jia Yi Fan, Chen Qing Chen US$43,214
  25. Wang Yi Lyu, Huang Dong Ping US$43,202

The players above can still add tens of thousands of dollars because many big tournaments have not been held, such as the 2022 China Open ($1,000,000 in prize money) and the 2022 BWF World Tour Finals ($1,500,000 in prize money).


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