• Carolina Marin & Li Xuerui fall in same half of the 2016 Olympic draw

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 women's singles player Carolina Marin and the Olympic defending champion Li Xuerui have fallen into the same half of the 2016 Rio Olympic draw.Women's singles draw for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (photo: BWF)

    Women's singles draw for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (photo: BWF)

  • Lee Chong Wei seeded top for Rio Olympics

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's world No. 1 men's singles player Lee Chong Wei has received a No. 1 seeding for the men's draw in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Wish Lee Chong Wei good luck in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Lee Chong Wei good luck in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Parupalli Kashyap: Saina Nehwal is India's best bet for Olympic medal

    New Delhi: The 2014 Commonwealth Games men's singles champion Parupalli Kashyap of India said India's World No. 5 women's shuttler Saina Nehwal is the country's best bet to clinch a meal at the Rio Olympics.Parupalli Kashyap (left) and Lee Chong Wei play for Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). (photo: AFP)

    Parupalli Kashyap (left) and Lee Chong Wei play for Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). (photo: AFP)

  • Saina Nehwal is the top 3 earning female badminton player in 2016 ... so far

    Hyderabad: Even though Saina Nehwal only won the Australian Open so far this year, she became the third highest paid female badminton player in the first half of 2016.Saina Nehwal returns a shot at the 2016 Australian Badminton Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Saina Nehwal returns a shot at the 2016 Australian Badminton Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Saina Nehwal beats Sun Yu to win Australian Open

    Sydney: India's badminton star Saina Nehwal shrugged off dropping the first set against World No. 12 Sun Yu of China on Sunday before hitting back to win 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 to claim her second Australian Open title in Sydney.Saina Nehwal kisses the trophy after winning the Australian Open women's singles final. (photo: AFP)

    Saina Nehwal kisses the trophy after winning the Australian Open women's singles final. (photo: AFP)

  • Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, Saina Nehwal in Australian Open final

    Sydney: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who kept his cool to clinch the winning point for Denmark in the Thomas Cup final in Kunshan, China last month, came through a tough men's singles semi-final to beat India's Srikanth Kidambi 22-20, 21-13 at the Australian Badminton Open in Sydney on Saturday.Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus celebrates after his victory over India's Srikanth Kidambi in the Australian Open men's singles semi-final. (photo: AFP)

    Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus celebrates after his victory over India's Srikanth Kidambi in the Australian Open men's singles semi-final. (photo: AFP)

  • Badminton couple - Chen Long & Wang Shixian lose in Australian Open quarters

    Sydney: Friday was a bad day for one of the sweetest couples in badminton - Chen Long and Wang Shixian when both were sent packing in the quarter-finals of Australian Open.Badminton fans probably won't be able to see both Wang Shixian and Chen Long play at the Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

    Badminton fans probably won't be able to see both Wang Shixian and Chen Long play at the Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

  • Carolina Marin beats Saina Nehwal to reach Indonesian Open semis

    Jakarta: World No. 1 women's shuttler Carolina Marin defeated India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal in straight sets 24-22, 21-11 in the last eight of Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Friday.Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China to face South Korea in Uber Cup final

    Kunshan: The London Olympic champion Li Xuerui shook off a shaky second set, as she bounced back to earn a hard-fought three-gamer against India's Saina Nehwal in the Uber Cup semi-finals on Friday.Wang Shixian of China celebrates her victory against Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo:AFP)

    Wang Shixian of China celebrates her victory against Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo:AFP)

  • Ratchanok Intanon eyeing top-3 finish at Rio Olympics

    Bangkok: The Summer Olympic Games will take place in South America for the first time this year, as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will host the 31st edition of the quadrennial competition.Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon vows to bring an Olympic medal back to Thailand. (photo: GettyImages)

  • India send Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth & four others to Olympics

    New Delhi: Although the 2016 Rio Olympics qualification is based on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that will be released on May 5, seven Indian shuttlers have confirmed to qualify for the Olympics after the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championship (BAC).Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Saina Nehwal every success in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Ratchanok Intanon, Li Xuerui advance to BAC 2nd round

    Wuhan: World No. 1 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand was in ruthless form on Wednesday as she surged through to the second round of the 2016 Badminton Asia Championship (BAC) with a 21-7, 21-11 victory over qualifier Malaysian shuttler Ho Yen Mei in 28 minutes. Intanon will battle Japanese Sayaka Sato in the second round on Wednesday.Li Xuerui wins a tought match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

    Li Xuerui wins a tought match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Chen Long are top guns to watch at Badminton Asia Championships

    Wuhan: Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) begins on Tuesday, and the badminton fans in China are starting to get hyped up for badminton's big three to clash in Wuhan.Lee Chong Wei partners Zhang Yawen (the 2009 women's doubles world champion) in an exhibition match.

    Lee Chong Wei partners Zhang Yawen (the 2009 women's doubles world champion) in an exhibition match.

  • Lee Chong Wei advances as Lin Dan and Carolina Marin exit Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: No. 2 seed and 10-time Malaysia Open champion Lee Chong Wei sealed a semi-final spot at the Malaysia Open after overcoming Denmark player Viktor Axelsen at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Friday.

    Lee, ranked third in the world, displayed confidence and fine form in the 40-minute game with swift attacks and a sturdy defense to defeat Axelsen 21-14, 21-13.Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Tai Tzu Ying stuns Li Xuerui in Malaysia 2nd round

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2012 Olympic champion and second seed Li Xuerui was expected to saunter into the Malaysia Open quarter-finals on Thursday when she faced unseeded Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan, a player she had beaten in their previous 10 encounters.Tai Tzu Ying celebrates after defeated Li Xuerui in the second round of Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Tai Tzu Ying celebrates after defeated Li Xuerui in the second round of Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Li Xuerui beats defending champion Saina Nehwal in India Open Semis

    New Delhi: The 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui gained another psychological edge against India's top women's shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday as she recorded a 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 hard fought victory in the India Open semi-finals.China's Li Xuerui celebrates after victory in her women's singles semi-final match against India's Saina Nehwal at the 2016 India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    China's Li Xuerui celebrates after victory in her women's singles semi-final match against India's Saina Nehwal at the 2016 India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Saina Nehwal to play Li Xuerui in India Open semis

    New Delhi: World No. 6 and defending champion Saina Nehwal survived an 83 minutes battle to advance to the semi-finals of India Open on Friday.

    The battle between Saina Nehwal and Sung Ji Hyun was never a letup in the tension. Starting when Nehwal was forced repeatedly to coming from behind before fighting tooth and nail to outlast No. 5 seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 19-21, 21-14, 21-19 in a match that witnessed long rallies and a lot of unforced errors.It was a combination of joy and relief for Saina Nehwal after she beat Sung Ji Hyun at the 2016 India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi. (photo: AFP/Prakash Singh)

    It was a combination of joy and relief for Saina Nehwal after she beat Sung Ji Hyun at the 2016 India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi. (photo: AFP/Prakash Singh)

  • Saina Nehwal, P.V Sindhu roll on a day of upset at India Open

    New Delhi: Despite the shock exits of Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Jan Jorgensen at India Open, both Indian women's singles shuttlers No. 2 seed Saina Nehwal and P.V Sindhu clinched their spots in the quarter-finals of the $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries on Thursday.P.V Sindhu pumps her fist during her India Open second round against Busanan Ongbumrungphan. (photo: BAI)

    P.V Sindhu pumps her fist during her India Open second round against Busanan Ongbumrungphan. (photo: BAI)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan reach India Open 2nd round

    New Delhi: Predictably, top seeded men's singles player Lee Chong Wei who is eyeing for his fourth India Open title after emerging triumphant in 2011, 2013 and 2014, beat his overmatched Japanese opponent Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-17 to reach the second round of India Open on Wednesday. Lee Chong Wei will play face Wei Nan of Hong Kong next. Wei Nan will be a tough nut to crack as Lee lost to the Hong Kong player in the second round of Denmark Open last year.Lee Chong Wei aiming to bounce back from his All England shock at India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei aiming to bounce back from his All England shock at India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong exit, Wang Yihan cruises to Swiss finals

    Basel: Malaysia’s interest at the Swiss Open ended on Saturday with the exit of former World No. 1 men's doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong.Tan Boon Heong/Koo Kien Keat cross rackets with Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin in the semi-final of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Swiss Open)

    Tan Boon Heong/Koo Kien Keat cross rackets with Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin in the semi-final of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Swiss Open)

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