Like all other sports badminton also has some great players who have engraved their names on the list of top. Badminton is a very popular game around the world, especially in Asian countries.
On Thursday, Fox Sport Asia released the list of richest badminton players. Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal features in the world’s Top 5 highest earning shuttlers.
Saina Nehwal is fifth on the list with $762,000 which comes down to approximately Rs 5.5 crore in Indian currency.
Yesterday, Saina tweeted: “Good to know that I am in ..Top 5 highest-earning badminton players in the world right now.”
Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei, who is recovering from nose cancer, tops the list with $1.85 million as per the report. China’s reigning Olympic champion Chen Long finds himself at the second spot with $1.04 million.
In the third place is Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who has earned $1.02 million. Meanwhile, Lin Dan with $962,000 comes fourth.
Saina Nehwal’s current ranking is 9th in the world and she has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Nehwal has achieved several milestones as well. She is the only Indian to have won at least a medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships.
Considered one of the most successful Indian sportspersons, she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award – on her. Previously, the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award, were also conferred on her by the Government of India.