ESPN has recently announced their top 100 list of the most famous athletes of 2018. And on the list, you only find one badminton player.
And that someone is Saina Nehwal. Everyone knows that Saina Nehwal is popular. But the Indian darling is the only badminton player mentioned on ESPN’s list of the most famous athletes. Which roughly translated means, that she right now is the most famous badminton player in the world – at least according to ESPN.
Saina Nehwal just barely makes it into top 50, which is quite a huge achievement. Only 3 other female athletes are above the Indian on the list – and they are all tennis players.
Saina Nehwal has more than 8 million followers in facebook and more than 7,5 million followers on twitter.
The Chinese superstar Lin Dan has previously been on the list as well.