Longest Badminton Rally Ever

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Regarded as the fastest racket sport in the world, badminton matches are generally short and intense.

On average, in a professional best-of-three games badminton match, an average rally length is only 8 shots long, lasting on average of 9 seconds (1).

But on occasion, we are treated to some marathon rallies of lung-busting proportion and superhuman performance.

Here we pay tribute to the longest rallies ever.

Women's Doubles

We will begin with what the Guinness World Records records as the longest badminton rally in a competitive match lasting 154 strokes. This marathon rally was during the second round of the 2010 Swiss Open which took place in Basel, Switzerland, on 18 March 2010. During the third set Petya Nedelcheva (Bulgaria) and Anastasia Russkikh (Russia) were playing Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito (Japan).

Lasting an incredible 2 minutes 36 seconds, the deadlock was finally broken when Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh won the point as Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito hit the shuttle out of the back of the court. A brutal way to lose a rally that long.

However, although this rally is recorded as the longest, in the 2022 Korea Open, this record was smashed with a 195 shot rally, lasting 3 minutes 18 seconds. The match saw Baek Ha Na and Lee Yu Rim (South Korea) winning the rally against Du Yue and Li Wen Mei (China). 

Incredibly, the rally was saved halfway through when we saw Lee execute a perfect dive to save the point and continue the rally. Baek Ha Na and Lee Yu Rim went on to reach the final where they were beaten by the second seeds and fellow compatriots Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong.

Men's Doubles

The longest rally in a competitive match for men’s doubles is 139 shots long and occurred in the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in 2019 between Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) and Keigo Sonoda/Takeshi Kamura (Japan). The rally lasted 2 min and 1 seconds and was eventually won by Sukamuljo/Gideon, who went on to win the match 21-16, 21-17.

However, both Elite World Record and Singapore Book of Records give the title of longest badminton rally to national badminton players Jason Wong, Lee Jianliang, Toh Han Zhuo and Abel Tan who recorded a mammoth rally of 1,140 consecutive hits. The challenge was held at the launch of the SBA Badminton Academy@ActiveSG in Pasir Ris Sports Centre on 27 May 2017.

Men's Singles

Our next longest rally happened in the men’s singles match between Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark) and Tien Minh Nguyen (Vietnam) clocking in at a lung-busting 108 shots

Not only is this ridiculously long for a singles rally, but it also came in the third set at 20-18 to Nguyen. The rally lasted for 1 minute 54 seconds and was eventually won by Jorgensen. 

In the end Tien Minh Nguyen overcame Jorgensen 22-20 and in the process made history by becoming the first ever Vietnamese World Badminton Championship medalist.

Women's Singles

During the World Badminton Championship in Glasgow in 2017, we were treated to the world’s longest women’s singles final which lasted for 110 minutes. During this epic match between PV Sindhu (India) and Nozomi Okuhara (Japan), Sindhu was leading 21-20 when she played her heart out in an incredible 73 shot rally, lasting 1 min 17 seconds, to win and take the second game. Unfortunately for Sindhu, she ended up losing the match 19-21 22-20 20-22 in a close-fought and competitive final.

Mixed Doubles

Our last, but by no means least, is the longest mixed doubles rally. This 115 shot rally occurred during the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in 2019 between Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand) and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia). 

The longest rally in mixed doubles history occurred in the second set at 22-22 lasting 1 min 36 seconds, with Chan and Goh taking the point. 

This record breaking rally was saved around the 1 min 19 seconds mark when Puavaranukroh pulled out a miraculous dive to continue the point. 

Even with Chan/Goh winning the marathon rally and putting them 23-22 up, eventually the game and match was won by Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai 28-26.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed our reading and watching the world’s longest badminton rallies. These rallies and players are inspirational and incredible to watch. Most of all, I hope it has inspired you to get out there and play!

References

  1. Torres-Luque, G., Fernández-García, Á. I., Blanca-Torres, J. C., Kondric, M., Cabello-Manrique, D. (2019). Statistical Differences in Set Analysis in Badminton at the RIO 2016 Olympic Games. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1–11.
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