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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Badminton Statistics - Badminton vs Tennis

Many people think that badminton is an easier sport than tennis. Some ignorantly profess that 'anyone can play this sport'... Well, let the statistics speak for itself:

At the 1985 All England (Tennis) Championships, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. At the 1985 World Badminton Championships in Calgary, Canada, Han Jian of China defeated Morten Frost of Denmark, 14-18, 15-10, 15-8. The following is a statistical comparison of those matches.

                             Tennis          Badminton
Time: 3 hrs & 18 mins 1 hr & 16 mins
Ball/Shuttle in Play: 18 mins 37 mins
Match Intensity*: 9 percent 48 percent
Rallies: 299 146
Shots: 1,004 1,972
Shots Per Rally: 3.4 13.5
Distance Covered: 2 miles 4 miles

* The actual time the ball/shuttle was in flight, divided by the
length of the match
Although the tennis game lasted twice the duration, the time of the shuttle/ball in play was DOUBLE for badminton. This means that of the 3 hours and 18 minutes, 18 minutes were actual play while there were 3 hours of resting, towel downs and bickering with the umpire. On the other hand, badminton had 37 minutes of play, and less resting. In addition to this, the distance each players had to run was double for a badminton player, and the number of shots played was also doubled. Although there were more rallies, the average shots per rally for tennis was 3.4 while there were on average 13.4 shots per rally for a badminton rally. In essence, badminton players had half the time to play double the shots and run twice the distance, and play twice the amount of time...

Badminton is easy... anyone?

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