• Japan to send nine badminton players to Rio Olympics

    Tokyo: After Japanese World No. 1 women's doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo defeated Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 21-13, 21-15 in an all-Japan women’s badminton doubles final at the Asian Championships, Takahashi/Matsutomo have been named among the nine Japanese shuttlers who clinched their spots in all five disciplines at the Rio Olympics.A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

    A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

  • Nozomi Okuhara, Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov win All England

    Birmingham: Nothing could be better than winning an All England title to top her birthday celebration when Nozomi Okuhara fought back from a set down against two-time champion Wang Shixian of China 21-11, 16-21, 21-19 to win the thrilling women's singles final on Sunday.Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

    Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

  • Lin Dan reaches All England finals, four No. 1 seeds ousted in semis

    Birmingham: On a day of upsets in the All England semi-finals on Saturday, two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan showed why he has been regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time when he put up a flawless show in last two sets to fend off the fight back from his junior Xue Song to reach the final.Lin Dan and Xue Song in the All England semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan and Xue Song in the All England semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong only Malaysians to make 2nd round of German Open

    Mulheim: Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong were Malaysia's only representatives into the second round of the German Open at the RWE-Sporthalle stadium, Mülheim, Germany on Wednesday.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong need good performance at German Open in order to make a significant jump in the Road to Rio ranking.

    Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong need good performance at German Open in order to make a significant jump in the Road to Rio ranking.

  • Indonesia seals dramatic Badminton Asia Team Championships victory

    Hyderabad: Although the Indonesian men's team has qualified for the Thomas Cup, they did not take Japan lightly in Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) final on Sunday. Both teams were neck and neck throughout the tie until Indonesia overcame Japan in an epic decisive fifth match to seal a 3-2 win.Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

    Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

  • Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing eight seeds in India Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing upset world No. 19 and eight seeds Kenichi Hayakawa-Misaki Matsutomo 21-15, 8-21, 23-21 in the first round of India Open.Peng Soon-Pei Jing deliver India Open surprise

    Peng Soon-Pei Jing deliver India Open surprise



    This is the best win in their short stint together, and could be their last ever tournament as a pair. Peng Soon is expected to pair with his previous partner Goh Liu Ying in the Singapore Open Superseries next week (April 8-13).

  • Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan win Indonesia's 1st All England title after 11 years (pic)

    With a lively contingent of Indonesian supporters cheering them on at a packed National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England, Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan finally ended Indonesia’s 11 year wait for a men’s doubles All England Super Series Premier title on Sunday.Sweet victory: Mohammad Ahsan (left) and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia react after beating Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakaway of Japan in their All England Open Badminton Championships men's doubles final match in Birmingham, central England, on Sunday. The world's No. 1 pair defeated the Japanese pair 21-19, 21-19.

    The world number one pair claimed the trophy after defeating the world number two team of Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan in a tight two-set game 21-19, 21-19.

    Indonesia last won the men’s doubles All England trophy was when veteran duo Sigit Budiarto/Chandra Wijaya clinched the title in 2003.

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