• Lin Dan wins Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was crowned men's singles champion at the 2014 Taipei Open Badminton Championship that ended yesterday in Taipei arena. In addition to men's singles, China also won mixed doubles champion through Liu Yuchen-Yu Xiaohan.Lin Dan (right) on the podium with Wang Zhengming

    Lin Dan (right) on the podium with Wang Zhengming

  • Great Wall of China in World Championships

    Kuala Lumpur: What was Badminton World Federation (BWF) thinking by allowing four Chinese players to compete in the World Championships, Copenhagen this coming August? On Thursday, BWF has decided to allow Tian Houwei to play in the World Championships after Singaporean Ashton Chen withdrew from the competition.The fantastic four of China - Chen Long, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, Du Pengyu

    The fantastic four of China - Chen Long, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, Du Pengyu

    Other Chinese players who already qualified for the world meet are Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu.

  • Lin Dan can't play in World Championships? Not done deal just yet!

    Beijing: China is the superpower of badminton, they have solid depth of elite shuttlers that ranked in the top 100. These shuttlers provided China more versatility for designing a better line-up to target certain tournaments. Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet

    Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet
    And you are right, China is capable of pulling off another surprising twist in this year's World Championship by adding Lin Dan to its roster.

  • Exclusive coverage from BadmintonPlanet.com: China shows its dominance in China Masters GP Gold

    Changzhou: China made it a clean sweep at China Masters GP Gold finals tomorrow following a spectacular all Chinese finals in all five categories.

    The most anticipated match of the semi-finals was undoubtedly the match between Lin Dan and defending champion, Wang Zhengming. Lin Dan won all 3 of their previous meetings.Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

    Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

  • Chinese rule the roost at All-England event

    BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - China maintained their dominance of the All-England Badminton Championships on Saturday although Lee Chong Wei stole most of the attention at the National Indoor Arena.

    The Malaysian raced into a 5-0 lead in the first game of his men's singles semi-final before Korean Son Wan Ho rallied to take it 21-14.

    Olympic silver medallist Wei then hit back to claim the next two games 21-19 21-15 to secure his place in the final.

    He next faces title holder Chen Long in a repeat of last year's final after he disposed of fellow Chinese Wang Zhengmong 21-17 21-14.

  • China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

    China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

    Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

  • Tough taking on China players: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei admitted that he has yet to peak after struggling to overcome China’s Wang Zhengming in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei was given a proper workout by the former world junior champion before prevailing 21-17, 21-18 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jali on Thursday.Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah celebrate after beating Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech 21-19, 25-23 in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    “I didn’t play my best today against Zhengming,” said Chong Wei.

    “It’s tough taking on these China players because there are so many of them and there’s only one of me.

    “But what’s important is that I win the match and continue to focus on my next match.

  • All hope on Chong Wei … again (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: When all others fell on the wayside, the ever-dependable world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei stayed rock steady to reach the men’s singles second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    On Wednesday, top seed Chong Wei hardly raised a sweat when he disposed of Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-7, 21-13 in just 35 minutes.Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.

    Lee Chong Wei is the last Malaysian man standing in the Maybank Malaysian Open men's singles, after both Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren bowed out in the first round.

    He will take on former world junior champion Wang Zhengming of China in the second round on Thursday.

    Chong Wei is once again the sole survivor in the men’s singles after both Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng were sent spinning out of the tournament.

  • Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

    But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

    His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

  • Momota-san is a man in a hurry (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: With his fiery red new hairstyle, Japan’s rising star Kento Momota is ready to take the world by storm.

    The 2012 world junior champion from the Kagawa prefecture has been enjoying a stellar rise through the ranks.

    Last year, Momota, who turned 20 last Thursday, achieved a career best as he made the semi-finals of the China Open, before losing to China’s Wang Zhengming.Kento Momota is the third highest ranked Japanese singles player behind Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda.

    Having risen significantly through the ranks, from No. 89 last January to a current career high of No. 17 in the world, Momota who sports a cool and calm demeanour much like Lin Dan, believes he can only get better.

    There are many incentives to spur the young Momota to do well, especially with Japan setting their sights on the Thomas Cup Finals which will be held in New Delhi in May.

    Momota is currently the third-ranked Japanese, behind world No. 5 Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda who is No. 15.

  • Chong Wei: I lost to a better player (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has promised to bounce back stronger at the Malaysian Open after failing to get off to a dream start in the season-opening Korean Open in Seoul.

    The 31-year-old shuttler went down 14-21, 15-21 to China’s Chen Long in Sunday’s 56-minute men’s singles final, thus crushing his hopes of winning the Korean Open for the fourth time.

    It was Chen Long’s eighth win over Chong Wei in 15 meetings – and his fourth consecutive victory over the Malaysian – in a period of 14 months.Lee Chong Wei reacts after losing a point to Chen Long of China in the men's singles final of the Korean Open on Sunday. The Malaysian world No.1 lost the match in straight sets.

    The powerful Chen Long, who is trying to fill in the shoes of five-time world champion Lin Dan, produced an efficient display to give himself an early 25th birthday present.

    Chen Long, who turns 25 on Jan 18, accelerated to a 7-0 first-game lead in just six minutes – showcasing his brilliance at the net and superb execution of smashes from the baseline.

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