For each game, badminton scoring begins at 0-0 (called “loveall”)
and 15 points wins a game. One point is scored if the serving side wins a rally.
They then get to serve from the alternate service court. If the receiving side
wins the rally, the score does not change. The service goes to the next player
In singles, the service goes to the opponent.
In doubles, it is the partner who gets the
next serve. However, if both doubles partners
have just taken turns serving, then the service
goes to one of their opponents.
If the score is 14-14, the side that reached
14 points first can choose to play to 15 points,
or they can “set” the game to 17
points. The final score is the sum of the points
won before “setting,” plus the
points won during “setting.”
In women’s singles, 11 points wins a
game. If the score reaches 10-10, the game
can be “set” to 13 points.
There are competitions for both singles and doubles in which
men and women compete separately. However, starting at Atlanta
in 1996, mixed doubles were played. All matches are played the best two out
of three games.
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