The year that went by was a rewarding season on the HSBC BWF World Tour for the players, and one highlight was that five women’s singles players were among the top 10 earners of 2022.
While Viktor Axelsen, who won six HSBC BWF World Tour titles this year, topped the earnings list with US$404,125, the top 10 was dominated by women’s singles players, led by Akane Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi was second overall with US$268,300, followed closely by Tai Tzu Ying (US$263,170). The other women’s singles players in the top 10 were Chen Yu Fei (No.6; US$191,075), He Bing Jiao (No.7, US$190,650) and An Se Young (No.8, US$158,605).
Two pairs that dominated their respective categories also figure in the top 10. Huang Ya Qiong was a marginally higher earner than her partner Zheng Si Wei as she had made two finals with a different partner. Huang was fourth overall with US$248,155, while partner Zheng was fifth at US$240,662.
Women’s doubles world champions Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan were joint ninth, with US$141,323 each.
HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 champions Ou Xuan Yi (US$129,131) and Liu Yu Chen (US$130,756) were just outside the top 10.
The highest men’s singles earner after Axelsen was Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, in 13th place with US$129,107.