• French Open: Lee Chong Wei to meet Chou Tien Chen in the final (videos)

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei reached his first French Open final in four years as he needed 36 minutes to fly by world No. 9 Wang Zhengming of China 21-7, 21-13 in the semi-finals.

    The unseeded Lee, in remarkably sublime form at the age of 33, continued his formidable French Open run and never let up the pressure on No. 3 shuttler from the Chinese team in a semi-final demolition. The victory brought Lee's head to head record against Wang to 15-0.Lee Chong Wei should not underestimate Chou Tien Chen in the men's final.

    Lee Chong Wei should not underestimate Chou Tien Chen in the men's final.

  • Lee Chong Wei to meet Wang Zhengming in French Open semis

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will face world No. 9 Wang Zhengming of China in the semi-finals of the French Open after both players enjoyed quarter-final victories in Paris.

    Lee Chong Wei, winner at the 2011 French Open, needed just 36 minutes to beat world No. 22 Japanese Sho Sasaki in the quarter-finals.Lee Chong Wei should watch out for Wang Zhengming in the semi-finals.

    Lee Chong Wei should watch out for Wang Zhengming in the semi-finals.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong continue steady rise in BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: The latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings for October 22 ranking week showed Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong continued to have strong upward momentum, checking in the BWF top 25 in both men's singles and men's doubles.

    Despite his disappointments at Korea Open, and Denmark Open, Lee Chong Wei has jumped six places, working his way back into the 19th position in the latest rankings.Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong are still a very dangerous men's pair if they can get their physical and fitness condition back into fighting shape.

    Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong are still a very dangerous men's pair if they can get their physical and fitness condition back into fighting shape.

  • French Open: Lee Chong Wei survives Viktor Axelsen scare, Koo/Tan exit

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei survived a major scare in the second round of the French Open on Thursday, beating No. 7 seed Viktor Axelsen in 65 minutes.

    Lee got off to a slow start in the first set, trailing for most of the game to go down 12-21.Lee Chong Wei's defeat of Viktor Axelsen proves he still a major force in badminton.

    Lee Chong Wei's defeat of Viktor Axelsen proves he still a major force in badminton.

  • French Open: Another early exit for Lin Dan, as Lee Chong Wei advances

    Paris:  It used to be that Lin Dan’s crashing out of a tournament in a first round would prompt the biggest headlines in badminton. But in a year in which Lin Dan has fallen short of the high standard he has set for himself, each subsequent loss seems less newsworthy.

    The latest came Wednesday afternoon at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris, with third-ranked Lin Dan falling, 21-14, 11-21, 17-21 to Indian shuttler, world No. 16 H. S. Prannoy in 70 minutes. No longer was the dominant presence he once was, Lin also sent packing in the first round at the Australian Open and Indonesia Open in May and in June of this year.Happy 33rd birthday to Lee Chong Wei!(photo: Lee Chong Wei's FB)

    Happy 33rd birthday to Lee Chong Wei!(photo: Lee Chong Wei's FB)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long and Viktor Axelsen prepare for the French Open

    Paris: Over the past few years, the badminton scene has been dominated by mostly Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and sometimes Chen Long.

    However, the struggle of either Lee Chong Wei or Lin Dan in recent tournaments has been mirrored by Chen Long’s dominance and Viktor Axelsen’s rise.Let's go Lee Chong Wei!

    Let's go Lee Chong Wei!

  • Chen Long, Li Xuerui win 2015 Denmark Open

    Odense: This year's Denmark Open has been marked by upsets and by dramatic swings in fortune, with top shuttlers such as Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal, Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei all crashed out early from the tournament. Nevertheless, the upset trend was partially halted in the finals when Chen Long, Li Xuerui, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong went on to capture the men's singles, women's singles, and men's doubles titles respectively at the Denmark Open on Sunday.2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long with seven titles under his belt so far. (photo: AFP)

    2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long with seven titles under his belt so far. (photo: AFP)

  • Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal make shock exits at Denmark Open

    Odense: Mixed doubles world champions Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, former men's singles world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, current women's singles world No. 1 Saina Nehwal, and reigning men's doubles world champions Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan all crashed out on a day of shocks at the Denmark Open in Odense.Wei Nan and Lee Chong Wei shake hands following the second round match at Denmark Open.

    Wei Nan and Lee Chong Wei shake hands following the second round match at Denmark Open.

  • Lee Chong Wei beats P. Kashyap in Denmark opener

    Odense: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia showed few signs of rust on Wednesday as he returned to action after an early exit at Korea Open almost one month ago, beating No. 8 seed Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap 21-14, 21-15 in the first round of the Denmark Open.Lee Chong Wei plays his Denmark Open 1st round match with exceptional skill, and uncanny ability.

    Lee Chong Wei plays his Denmark Open 1st round match with exceptional skill, and uncanny ability.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long hit the court for Denmark Open

    Copenhagen: Badminton A-listers Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long will play their first round of Denmark Open on Wednesday, but they aren't the only big names hanging out around the Odense Sports Park.Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

    Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

  • Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, Peter Gade bring the fun to Legends' Vision in Copenhagen

    Copenhagen: The Yonex Legends' Vision made its third stop in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct 11. As usual, the so-called Four Heavenly Kings of Badminton - Lin Dan of China, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Peter Gade of Denmark and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia remained very much center points of the event.Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Peter Gade at Legends' Vision in Copenhagen. (photo: Yonex)

    Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Peter Gade at Legends' Vision in Copenhagen. (photo: Yonex)

  • Goh Jin Wei, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong surge up BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: There wasn't much movement atop the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, with Chen Long, Saina Nehwal, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi and Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei holding their places as world No. 1 in men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles respectively.For such a small body, Goh Jin Wei has a strong badminton instinct.

    For such a small body, Goh Jin Wei has a strong badminton instinct.

  • Hendrawan says patience is key for Lee Chong Wei to beat Chen Long

    Kuala Lumpur: Having lost twice to Chen Long this year, Lee Chong Wei's coach Hendrawan vowed to turn things around this time with the Malaysian badminton maestro set to meet world No. 1 Chen Long in the quarter-finals of Denmark Open and probably semi-finals of the French Open.Lee Chong Wei looks to flex his muscle at Denmark and French Open.

    Lee Chong Wei looks to flex his muscle at Denmark and French Open.

  • Kenichi Tago quits Japan national team

    Tokyo: Kenichi Tago who played a critical role in defeating China in the semifinals of the 2014 Thomas cup tournament, has decided to quit the Japan national team starting on October 1. The Nippon Badminton Association had announced that Tago will be competing as an independent shuttler going forward.Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

    Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

  • Chong Wei Feng seeks Olympic dream

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 33 men's singles player from Malaysia Chong Wei Feng has found it increasingly difficult for him to qualify for the Rio Olympics when he has been playing below-par this season with the exception of the SEA Games men's singles title that he won in June.

    Nevertheless, the 28-year-old Malaysian who was sidelined by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in preference of Lee Chong Wei for the 2015 Jakarta World Championships, refused to give up on his dream of competing in the Rio Olympics.Chong Wei Feng needs an Olympic effort if he wants to play in the 2016 Olympics.

    Chong Wei Feng needs an Olympic effort if he wants to play in the 2016 Olympics.

  • It's Copenhagen's turn to host the "The Legends' Vision"

    Copenhagen: The so-called 4 Heavenly Kings of Badminton - Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat, and Peter Gade will be meeting badminton fans in an event called Yonex Legends’ Vision Denmark, at the Solrød Hall on October 11, 2015.Can't wait to see Peter Gade, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat (from left) in Copenhagen.

    Can't wait to see Peter Gade, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat (from left) in Copenhagen.

  • Historic ranking milestone for Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan

    Kuala Lumpur: It's getting hard to keep track of all the mixed doubles titles Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan have piled up. In addition to their consistently top results in mixed doubles, the pair reached another milestone as they've earned 102,935 ranking points in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday, 20,223 points more than Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia who were ranked world No. 2. Xu Chen/Ma Jin, Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin, and Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen occupied the No.3, No. 4 and No. 5 place in mixed doubles respectively.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

    Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

  • Denmark Open: Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Lin Dan in the same half

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2015 Denmark Open men’s singles draw was announced on Tuesday, and it has thrown up some curveballs for the top players.

    Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, current World No. 1 Chen Long and two times Olympic Champion Lin Dan were placed in the same half of the Denmark Open draw.Lin Dan has made a steady rise in BWF world ranking to world No. 3.

    Lin Dan has made a steady rise in BWF world ranking to world No. 3.

  • Lee Chong Wei vows to return strong as he chases fourth Olympics berth

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei will continue his pursuit for a record fourth Olympics berth, despite his heart-wrenching back-to-back losses at the Japan Open and Korea Open over the last two weeks. Lee is adamant he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of badminton as he prepares to open his new campaigns at the Denmark Open and French Open.R. Satheishtharan, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Koo Kien Keat, Lee Chong Wei and Woon Khe Wei (from left) at the PJBC signing ceremony on Wednesday. (photo: Manoj Kumar)

    R. Satheishtharan, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Koo Kien Keat, Lee Chong Wei and Woon Khe Wei (from left) at the PJBC signing ceremony on Wednesday. (photo: Manoj Kumar)

  • Morten Frost: Lee Chong Wei faces "enormous pressure"

    Kuala Lumpur: Since the “sparring partner” conflict that emerged between technical director for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Morten Frost and Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei about two weeks ago, Frost has been handling the whole situation in a respectful and positive way.The Morten Frost to Lee Chong Wei relationship is fundamental for their ultimate success on the court.

    The Morten Frost to Lee Chong Wei relationship is fundamental for their ultimate success on the court.

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