Japan’s Momota is the highest-earning player this year across all categories, having made prize money of US$123,275. Momota won the German Open, the All England and the Singapore Open, besides finishing runner-up at the Indonesia Masters. The Japanese world No.1 made US$70,000 alone from winning the All England.
Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is the second-highest earner, with US$111,725, thanks to her runner-up place at the All England, besides victories at the Malaysia Open and Singapore Open. The player who beat her in the All England final, China’s Chen Yu Fei, made US$107,375 on the back of consistent performances this season, which included title victories at the All England, Swiss Open and Australian Open.
Among other high earners are Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (US$79,397), Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon (US$69,455), China’s Lin Dan (US$60,200), Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi (US$57,597), Nozomi Okuhara (US$47,265) and Chen Long (US$44,505).
China’s Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong, the most successful mixed doubles players over the season, each made US$79,210. The Chinese duo won three tournaments in a row (Indonesia Masters, All England, Malaysia Open) before a semifinal finish in Singapore.
Compatriots Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan too have had a profitable season, with US$68,106 each. Chen and Jia were champions at the All England and the Malaysia Open, and runners-up at the Australian Open.
The highest earners in men’s doubles are Indonesians Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, with US$60,251 each. The All England and New Zealand Open champions are ahead of Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (US$42,560) and compatriots Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (US$32,822).
Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, who is No.5 in men’s doubles (with Hiroyuki Endo) and No.3 in mixed doubles (with Arisa Higashino) has earned a total sum of US$49,671. Watanabe and Endo won the German Open and were finalists in New Zealand, while he and Higashino were runners-up at the All England.
Another player who plays in two categories, Thailand’s Sapsiree Taerattanachai, made US$42,372, thanks mainly to her Singapore Open win and Malaysia Open semifinals in mixed doubles (with Dechapol Puavaranukroh).
With 15 HSBC BWF World Tour events remaining – including the US$1.5 million prize money HSBC BWF World Tour Finals and two Super 1000 events – players have the opportunity to add to their substantial earnings before the season is through.