Kuala Lumpur: Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan has today extended the record for the most weeks at No. 1 for a women’s singles player in the latest BWF rankings published March 30, 2021, with a total of 157 weeks.
Tai, who captured her first BWF World Tour Finals title by defeating World No. 4 Carolina Marin of Spain 14-21, 21-8, 21-19 on January 31, 2021, also held a record as the only active women’s singles player who earned more than 100 thousand ranking points with a total of 106,075. She was the second women’s singles player who broke above the 100 thousand ranking points threshold after the retired Li Xurui of China. Li also previously held the most week at No. 1 women’s singles rankings with a total of 124 weeks.
The Taiwanese player is expected to resume her tournament schedule by competing at the Malaysia Open and the Singapore Open in May and June of this year.
Chen Yufei of China came in second, followed by Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, Carolina Marin of Spain, and Akane Yamaguchi.
The top 10 rankings in men’s singles remained unchanged, with Kento Momota, Viktor Axelsen, Anders Antonsen, Chou Tien Chen, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Chen Long, Jonatan Christie, Lee Zii Jia, Angus Ng Ka Long, Wang Tzu Wei staying at the top-10 group. Last week’s Orleans Masters champion rose 5 positions to World 42, while Ng Tze Yong who clinched the Polish Open last Sunday also shot up 30 spots to rank 106.
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong were leading the top of the men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines respectively.
It’s worth noting that Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia recorded the most total weeks in the men’s singles top spot (348 weeks), and most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (199 weeks).