Amazing Badminton Comebacks: 5 Unforgettable Matches

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Last Updated on 12/11/2023 by Kriss

Have you ever seen a game where you thought it was done because one player had a huge dominant lead of 10 points? Then suddenly – the underdog starts to score one point after another and turns the game around. These are the best badminton comebacks, and they’re nothing short of thrilling.

This post will take you through epic journeys of resilience, showcasing players who did the impossible.

Let’s dive right in!

Iconic Badminton Comebacks in History

The history of badminton is replete with matches that seemed decided, only for an unexpected twist to turn the tables. We have collected some of the most impressive comebacks during the most recent years.

Chou Tien Chen vs. Jonatan Christie

At the 2022 BWF World Championships, Chou Tien Chien faced Jonatan Christie in the quarterfinal. Christie won the first set 21-14 but lost the second set 11-21. It all came down to the third set where Jonatan Christie had a huge lead of 18-11.

On a normal day – Christie would have won this quarterfinal. But Chou Tien Chien suddenly found his rhythm and confidence again and at 20-19 everyone was shocked to see Christie miss another match point. Chou went on to win the match 20-22 and he will for sure remember this one for a long time.

If you want to watch this incredible comeback, you can find the video here.

Chou Tien Chien and Jonatan Christie after the match.
Chou Tien Chien could not believe his luck, and Christie was in disbelief at what just happened. (source)

Lin Dan vs. Viktor Axelsen Comeback

At the Yonex Japan Open in 2015, Viktor Axelsen seemed to have everything under control. Lin Dan won the first set 21-19 and lost the second one 16-21. The trend continued and Lin Dan was down 3-11 in the deciding third set.

But Lin Dan did not give up. He started an incredible series of points and after a few minutes, he was only down 11-13. Viktor Axelsen bounced back, and the match was a nail-biter until the end. Lin Dan proved that he is called “Super Dan” for a reason – winning the game 21-19 after he was down 8 points.

You can watch the video here.

Ratchanok Intanon Scores 10-Straight Points Against Carolina Marin

At one of the most famous tournaments in badminton – the All England Open – Ratchanok Intanon and Carolina Marin met each other in 2017 at the quarterfinal.

Intanon won the first set at 22-20 and lost the second set with a bigger gap of 13-21. It all seemed over once again in the third set where Intanon was down 11-18. What happened next is one series of points for the history books. Ratchanok Intanon won the game 21-18 – not giving Marin a single point and scoring 10 straight points in the third set.

Even the coaches didn’t believe what just happened. Scoring 10 straight points at the highest level of badminton against the world no. 1 Carolina Marin is surely something that Intanon will remember forever.

Watch how the crazy comeback of Ratchanok Intanon

Qiao Bins Comeback Against Lin Dan

Here we have Lin Dan again. This time – the comeback was not in his favor.

Lin Dan was in the lead 16-7 and showed no sign of weakness. What happened next was a test of the mental strength and composure for Lin Dan. Qiao Bin turned the game around. And he did it in style: Out of the next 14 points – Qiao Bin scored…14! Lin Dan lost the set at 16:21 even though he had a lead of 16-7.

You can see Lin Dan getting close to destroying his racket a couple of times. With moments like these, it is important to keep your composure – or else you might receive a yellow or even red card.

You can watch the video here.

Also read: Mastering Concentration And Focus in Badminton

Vittinghus Saves 6 Match Points And Wins The Game Against Pannawit Thongnuam

In 2017, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus proved that he had nerves of steel. Pannawit was about to win the game because he only needed one more point. At 20-14 – he had 6 chances to convert the rally to a point and win the game.

Vittinghus however didn’t give up. He fought back with passion and didn’t make a single mistake. This is a remarkable performance since Pannawit just needed a single point to win the game. Vittinghus won the game 20-22 making this a game an awesome badminton comeback for the books.

Pannawit crying after the game.
Pannawit crying after the game (source)

Comebacks From Injury or Illness

Comebacks not only happen when a player turns a game around – often times players need to face injuries, illness, or personal life setbacks and they cannot perform at the level they used to. Luckily – most players are able to bounce back and get back onto the court.

Let’s take a look at two remarkable comebacks.

Simon Santoso’s Winning Streak

One comeback story that truly stands out is Simon Santoso’s incredible winning streak. This Indonesian player was a formidable force on the court before he took an unexpected hiatus from professional badminton due to injuries. He also quit the Indonesian Badminton Association since they put a lot of pressure on him.

With a new club and trainer – Simon found his groove again and came back stronger than ever.

He shocked fans and critics alike by returning stronger than ever at the Singapore Open in 2014 against Lee Chong Wei – then World No. 1. Against all odds, Santoso clinched victory, marking his resurgence as one of badminton’s greatest comebacks.

Carlina Marins Comeback After Multiple Knee Injuries

Carolina Marin is a well-known name in the world of badminton. The Spaniard has won the Olympics, world championships, and numerous Super Series titles.

In the span of two and a half years, Marin tore the ligaments in not one – but both knees. A horror diagnosis for every badminton player. But Marin did not give up and had the goal to come back stronger than ever before.

“They are difficult processes. My two injuries were pretty bad, especially the second. But we continued fighting and working towards our objective in mind, most of all the Olympic Games which are in less than a year and a half, and we continue to do so with all the enthusiasm and the will to get to the goal.”

Carolin Marin

In 2022 – Marin was back on the court winning the European Championships and winning the silver medal at the world championships in 2023.


If you were in need of some inspiration to never give up – this post was for you. We delved into iconic badminton comebacks such as Ratchanok Intanon’s winning streak or Vittinghus’ sheer willpower.

In short, we learned that victory doesn’t always belong to the strongest or fastest player but often goes to those who refuse to give up. And sometimes, these unforgettable moments make for some spectacular badminton viewing!

Happy Playing!

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