• Indonesia Open: Chong Wei, Boon Heong-Wee Kiong in quarters

    Jakarta: World number one Lee Chong Wei who will be chasing his sixth Indonesia Open title, breezed through his second round match rapidly and easily with 21-4, 21-16 thumping of Frenchman Brice Leverdez. Unfortunately, luck was not on Chong Wei Feng and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif's side on Thursday.Indonesian badminton fans with their colourful and creative outfits

    Indonesian badminton fans with their colourful and creative outfits

    Chong Wei Feng went down to Kenichi Tago of Japan 18-21, 15-21, and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif was not be able to reproduce his stunning first round form by losing to third seed Jan O Jorgensen 21-18 21-11 in 30 minutes.

  • Indonesia Open: Malaysia enjoys mixed results on opening day

    Jakarta: Malaysia wrapped up day one of Indonesia Open with six victories and four losses.

    World number one Lee Chong Wei took 31 minutes to beat Indonesian player, Sony Dwi Kuncoro in straight sets 21-7 and 21-11. During the first set, Chong Wei adopted a more attacking approach and Sony was not able to keep pace with his adversary. Sony started the second set with a lot of offensive shots, but Chong Wei was able to stay calm and prevailed in the end. Chong Wei will play Brice Leverdez of France in second round.Lee Chong Wei advances to the second round of Indonesia Open easily

    Lee Chong Wei advances to the second round of Indonesia Open easily

  • Indonesian Open kicks off in Jakarta

    Jakarta -- The one-week Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament kicked off in Indonesia's capital city Jakarta on Tuesday with the absence of China's Olympic and world champion Lin Dan.Indonesia Open kicks off without Super Dan

    Indonesia Open kicks off without Super Dan

    The tournament, offering 750,000 U.S. dollars in prizes has attracted more than 200 shuttlers including world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Chinese ace Li Xuerui from 27 countries and regions.

  • Top players to compete in US$750,000 Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: As many as 28 countries will be participating in BCA Indonesia Open Metlife BWF World Super Series Premier 2014 that begins on June 18.At Indonesia Open Press Conference - Cai Yun, Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago, Wang Shixian, Carolina Marin, Chris Adcock, Viktor Axelsen

    At Indonesia Open Press Conference - Cai Yun, Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago, Wang Shixian, Carolina Marin, Chris Adcock, Viktor Axelsen

    "I will be focused in each game in order to pass the qualification round. I will try to maintain my performance just like in the previous Singapore Open," Indonesian men’s singles player Simon Santoso said at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

    Last April, Simon bounced back after a shaky start to the year, by crushing world number one Lee Chong Wei in the Singapore Open Super Series 2014 men’s singles final.

  • Lee Chong Wei,Li Xuerui win Japan Open titles

    Tokyo: Malaysian badminton super star Lee Chong Wei won his fifth Japan Open title after beating Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-14, 21-12 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.

    Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.

    Playing with an unusually aggressive flair, Lee Chong Wei led the first game all the way with a cushion of up to eight points. Chong Wei scored the 21th point in the first set after eighth-seeded Hu returned a high lob into the net.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei reaches final

    Tokyo: World number one is now one victory away from becoming the first man to win five Japan Open titles.Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei extended his mastery over Kenichi Tago as he stopped the Japanese 21-15, 21-17 in a dominant semi-final win lasting 47 minutes. Chong Wei will play the "giant slayer" of the tournament, Hu Yun from Hong Kong. Hu Yun had played some of the most thrilling badminton of the tournament to beat world number two, Chen Long in the quarter final, and world number three Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-13, 19-21, 21-15 in a 62-minute semi-final match. On Sunday, Chong Wei needs to watch out for Hu Yun as the way Hu is playing, he is capable of knocking off the defending champ in the final.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei prevails on day full of upsets

    Tokyo: On a day full of upsets in Japan Open quarter finals, world number one Lee Chong Wei managed to avoid an upset bid from Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia by closing it out 21-15, 12-21, 21-17 in 62-minute. Chong Wei will set up a mouth-watering clash with Kenichi Tago who is on a revenge mission, having whitewashed by Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup final last month.Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    On the other hand, luck was not on China's side in the quarter final of Japan Open, where two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was toppled by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 19-21, 21-13, 16-21; and Chen Long was crushed by Hu Yun of Hong Kong 18-21, 21-19, 15-21.

  • Japan Open: Mixed results for Malaysian in the second round

    Tokyo: In the second round of Japan Open badminton championships, the defending champion world number 1 Lee Chong Wei won the first set against Marc Zwiebler of Germany easily with 21-13, but was forced to work hard as the resilient German stretched Chong Wei to 28-26 in the second set before conceded defeat. Chong Wei will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the quarter-finals tomorrow.Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    According to Lee Chong Wei's coach Tey Seu Bock, shuttle slowness caused the game to be very slow tempo, thus allowing the opponent to have more time to react to Chong Wei's attacks.

  • Japan Open: Super Dan survives scare, Daren Liew's comeback falters

    Tokyo: On Tuesday, two time Olympics gold medalist, Lin Dan had a scare in his first qualifying match when he lost the first set to Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 12-21, before fighting hard in second set to fend off Sakai's late comeback with 21-19 win, and eventually took the third set 21-7.Japan Open: Lin Dan will play Xue Song who are also from China on Wednesday.

    Japan Open: Lin Dan will play Xue Song who are also from China on Wednesday.

    In a different match, Daren Liew started his first qualifying round smoothly by beating France’s Thomas Rouxel 21-17, 21-18 in 33 minutes.

  • Chinese Brush Painting of Lee Chong Wei

    See a series of Lee Chong Wei portraits created by a talented badminton fan from China using traditional Chinese brush painting.Chinese brush painting of Lee Chong Wei

    Chinese brush painting of Lee Chong Wei

  • Japan Open: Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup lost

    Kuala Lumpur: Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren who lost to their Japanese opponents in the Thomas Cup final, are ready to bounce back in the Japan Open that starts June 10.Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    In the Thomas Cup final, Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How lost to Kenichi Hayakama/Hiroyuki Endo 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 of Japan after winning the first game. Wei Feng was tamed by 19-year-old Kento Momota, and Daren Liew was knocked off by Takuma Ueda in heartbreaking fashion as Malaysia lost to Japan 3-2.

  • 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.

  • Possible Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan showdown in Japan Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Lin Dan will have to qualify to play in the main draw of Japan Open.It's going to be exciting to see Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan in Japan Open

    It's going to be exciting to see Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan in Japan Open

    Nevertheless, he should be able to roll through Kazumasa Sakai in his first qualifying match; he will probably play Daren Liew of Malaysia for a spot in the main draw. If everything goes well, Lin Dan will face Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the second round.

  • US soldier played badminton with Taliban captors

    USA: There’s a saying that goes "any publicity is good publicity," and while I’m not so sure about that, I do noticed the way Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from USA played badminton has received more media coverage than Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan.A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl engaged with his captors, teaching them how to play badminton and inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas with them.

    A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl engaged with his captors, teaching them how to play badminton and inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas with them.

  • Malaysia's Thomas Cup heroes get rousing homecoming

    Sepang: Hundreds of fans packed the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday to welcome the Malaysia badminton squad who arrived home from the Thomas Cup championship in New Delhi at about 6.50pm on flight MH105 from Bangalore.

    Upon arrival, the Malaysia shuttlers were greeted with flowers together with cheers and applause from the fans. Some supporters also chanted ‘Malaysia boleh’ near the KLIA arrival halls.Lee Chong Wei tweeted an adorable photograph of his baby and him upon his arrival at the KLIA

    Lee Chong Wei tweeted an adorable photograph of his baby and him upon his arrival at the KLIA

  • Lee Chong Wei wins 2013 BWF Male Player of the Year

    New Delhi: Lee Chong Wei was named the BWF Male Player of the Year for 2013 for his remarkable performances in 2013 by winning 6 superseries tournaments and the Super Series Masters Finals; he was also the runner-up in the World Championships in Guangzhou last year. Other BWF Male Player of the Year 2013 nominees were Lin Dan and Chen Long of China, the doubles duo Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia; and Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae of South Korea.Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

    Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

  • Thomas Cup Final: Congratulations to Japan, thanks to Malaysia

    New Delhi: In one of the classic Thomas Cup Final of the past 28 years, Liew Daren of Malaysia's final surge to send the fifth game into the decider was so unexpected that it had the audience holding their breath till resilient Daren ultimately fell to Takuma Ueda 12-21, 21-18, 17-21. With Ueda's victory, Japan clinched their first ever Thomas Cup badminton title with a thrilling 3-2 win over Malaysia in the final of the men's premier team championships in New Delhi.Japan clinched its maiden Thomas Cup badminton title Sunday as it beat Malaysia 3-2 in a hard-fought final (left). Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei during the presentation ceremony after the Thomas Cup badminton championship in New Delhi, India.

    Japan clinched its maiden Thomas Cup badminton title Sunday as it beat Malaysia 3-2 in a hard-fought final (left). Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei during the presentation ceremony after the Thomas Cup badminton championship in New Delhi, India.

    28 years ago, in another Thomas Cup Final epic battle, rookie pair Li YongBo/Tian Bingyi created a huge upset by defeating badminton superstar Liem Swie King and his partner Bobby Ertanto to clinch the third point for China in the 1986 Jakarta Thomas Cup.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia a step closer to ending 22-years trophy drought

    New Delhi: Malaysia defeated Indonesia 3-0 on Friday night to advance to the Thomas Cup final. The last time Malaysia reached Thomas Cup final was in 2002, Guangzhou, China but lost 2-3 to Indonesia eventually. Malaysia will play Japan in the final at the Siri Fort Stadium on Sunday.Chong Wei Feng plays a key role in stabalizing Malaysia's performance in the Thomas Cup Finals

    Chong Wei Feng plays a key role in stabalizing Malaysia's performance in the Thomas Cup Finals

    Malaysia team got off with a good start when World no 1 Lee Chong Wei knocked off World no 5 Tommy Sugiarto 21-19, 21-13 in the first singles, and his win motivated others in the following matches.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia wins thriller over Korea to top Group C

    New Delhi: Things weren't looking good for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team after Tan Boon Heong/Hoon Thien How lost to Yoo Yeon Seong/Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 19-21 in the first men's doubles. With this win, Malaysia and Korea were tied at 1-1 after Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won the first point against Son Wan-ho 21-17, 21-17 in an earlier match.Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Tan Wee Kiong (left) and Goh V Shem (middle) scored a huge upset against World No. 4 pair Kim Ki-jung/Kim Sa-rang with 21-17, 21-19 win.

    Malaysia's chances of defeating Korea looked even dimmer when its second singles Chong Wei Feng dropped the first set to Lee Dong Keun 19-21. However, the resilient Chong Wei Feng was not ready to go home early yet, he made some adjustments in the second set to play better court control, more high quality shots and made less mistake; he scored several critical points after the second set was tied at 16-16 to hold off the Korean at 21-17 and force a deciding game. In third set, Wei Feng rallied to an incredible comeback over Lee Dong Keun to win it at 21-14.

  • Thomas Cup - Chong Wei: Fear No Korea!

    New Delhi: Lee Chong Wei, the World No one shuttler wanted his teammates to keep their confidence high, stay cool and collected under pressure, and fear no one ahead of the Group C battle with South Korea on Wednesday. Winner of the game will top Group C.You can do it, Malaysia!

    You can do it, Malaysia!

    Malaysia needs that win in order to avoid seeded teams such as China or Indonesia in last eight. "Even though the Koreans are undoubtedly stronger in doubles, but they are beatable. We will try to score as much point as possible through singles," said Chong Wei.

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