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Career highs for England squad

Following the completion of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok at the end of January, the BWF has released the first update to the world rankings since March 2020.  

Despite a turbulent year with few competitionsthe positive recent performances by English players were reflected in the update. This has resulted in career-high rankings for the women’s doubles and both men’s doubles pairs. 

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy saw a huge jump in their men’s doubles ranking, moving from 32 to 18 in the world. This comes off the back of their historic performance in the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, where they reached the semi-finals.  

In what Vendy described as: one of the biggest matches in our career so far,” the pair were beaten by the eventual tournament winners, Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan. 

Men’s doubles pair Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis also jumped up the rankings to a career-high 12, following a strong performance in the Yonex Thailand Open earlier in January. 

In the women’s doubles, Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith climbed three places in the rankings to 15 in the world, having reached the quarter finals of the Yonex Thailand Open. 

Smith also maintained her position at nine in the mixed doubles rankings, alongside partner Ellis, after their recent performances. 



Having not played in Thailand, there were some slight changes to other English players’ rankings too. Toby Penty drops one place to 53 in the men’s singles, with Chris and Gabby Adcock slipping to 14 in the mixed doubles.  

Birch said of the new rankings: “The whole group has worked really hard over the past year while adapting to the changing schedules.  

We’re very grateful for the opportunity to play in these tournaments and for the support from everyone at home. It’s really satisfying to see our efforts reflected in the new rankings. 

The team now have their sights set on the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships in March.  


 Credit: Max Kelly