Statistics don’t lie. The speed and the stamina required for badminton are far greater than for any other racket sport. 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.
Sport: 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.
Note that the badminton players competed for half the time, yet ran twice as far and hit nearly twice as many shots.