Hong Kong’s Ng Ka-long among top 50 badminton earners in 2016
Taiwan’s women’s player Tai Tzu-ying tops the list with US$271,025 in winnings over the past year
Ng Ka-long barely made it into the top 50 of badminton earners for 2016 despite the 22-year-old shuttler becoming the first home-grown player to win the men’s singles crown at the Hong Kong Open in November.
Ng’s total earnings reached US$58,610, leaving him at 49. Topping the list is Tai Tzu-Ying, the women’s singles world number one from Taiwan, who won the two richest tournaments of the year – the Indonesia Open and the Superseries Finals – as well as the Hong Kong Open.
Her total prize money was US$271,025, just ahead of Chinese teen doubles sensation Chen Qingchen, while Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who topped the list in 2013 and 2011, was a distant third this year with US$171, 500.
The 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Chen earned the most among doubles players, banking in US$245,486. The 50 players on the list account for nearly US$5 million of the US$10.5 million given out in total prize money.