• 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.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia takes 4-1 win over Germany

    New Delhi: Malaysia sailed through its second Thomas Cup match by defeating Germany 4-1. That win also exposed Malaysia's deficiencies on its roster besides World No. one Lee Chong Wei. They'll have to step up efforts at resolving the inconsistencies ahead of the Korea game on Wednesday.

    In the Germany game, Lee Chong Wei had a hot start to overcome Marc Zwiebler 21-14, 21-8 in 37 minutes to pocket the first point. Malaysia played the first men’s doubles with scratch pair Tan Boon Heong/Tan Wee Kiong against Johannes Schoettler/Michael Fuchs. The Malaysian duo were stretched to three sets before notching the second point for Malaysia team with 13-21 21-17 21-18 victory. Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots

    Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots
    Chong Wei Feng was the better in second singles by winning a breathtaking game of 19-21 22-20 23-21 against Dieter Domke. Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah took care of Peter Kaesbauer/Josche Zurwonne 21-12 21-18 in 30 minutes for the fourth point; but, Daren Liew was once again the Achilles' heel for Malaysia when he lost to Lukas Schmidt 20-22 10-21 in 35 minutes.

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia beat India 4-1

    New Delhi: By giving away only one point, Malaysia successfully defeated India in the opening game.

    Malaysia's first singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei faced some challenges from K. Srikanth in the first set before he took the game with 21-19; He finished off Srikanth 21-12 quickly in the second set to win the first point for Malaysia in just 35 minutes. Hello, wake up captain!

    Hello, wake up captain!
    Then, it was a surprise to see Malaysia played Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong as the first doubles, they were the world junior champion in 2004, but their partnership was ended after Tan partnered with Koo Kien Keat. Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How was able to score the second point for Malaysia with 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.

  • Thomas Cup - Good Luck Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup teams left for New Delhi on Thursday. This would be Lee Chong Wei's sixth Thomas Cup appearance, and he is determined make his mark on by winning all his matches.

    Two years ago, the world number one Lee Chong Wei sustained a serious ankle injury at the Thomas Cup in Wuhan, when he landed awkwardly after going two points ahead in his match against Denmark's Peter Gade. Lee Chong Wei and his teammates are posing for pictures before their departure for New Delhi

    Lee Chong Wei and his teammates are posing for pictures before their departure for New Delhi
    Doctors rushed onto court, but the he was in visible pain and crying as he was taken for treatment at a nearby hospital. Malaysia eventually went down to Denmark 2-3, with both doubles pairs losing their matches, and was eliminated by China 1-3 in the knockout stage.
  • Thomas Cup: Korea may spoil Malaysia's chances

    Kuala Lumpur: When Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung were set to return to competition after getting their one year suspension lifted by the Badminton World Federation early April, competition in Group C of Thomas Cup is expected to be tough for Malaysia.

    With Malaysia’s doubles pairs’ recent poor results, the task of trying to top the group seems even more daunting, considering the Korean has proven that its temporary men's doubles Yeon-seong-Sa-rang combined well to make the semi-finals of the Singapore Open during the absence of Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung. Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?

    Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?
    Furthermore, World No. 25 Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, the third Korean pair, also hit a good patch with semi-final showings in the Singapore meet and the All-England. Any combinations of these guys could form equally powerful pairings.
  • Chong Wei: Fearless Attitude is what's Malaysia needed!

    Kuala Lumpur: Thomas Cup isn't about Lee Chong Wei anymore. It's about the team. This Thomas Cup is going to be tough for Malaysia, mainly because besides World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, there is no other player who can guarantee to secure a second or third point. Having said that, players like Daren Liew, Chong Wei Feng, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, or even Tan Boon Heong-Chan Peng Soon, if they can rediscover their form, they are more than capable of beating anyone on their day.Fearless Lee Chong Wei

    Fearless Lee Chong Wei

    On Monday, Lee Chong Wei displayed great leadership by urging his teammate to be fearless and relentless. He wanted his teammate to keep scrapping and keep coming at their opponent until the bitter end. “We have nothing to lose in the Thomas Cup. I've told Wei Feng and Daren to stay positive. Everyone should be fearless and confident, “said Chong Wei.

  • Final list of Thomas-Uber Cup: Lin Dan, Lee Yong Dae In; Yu Yang, Cai Yun, Sony Dwi Kuncoro Out

    Jakarta: China has decided to field Lin Dan in its Thomas Cup team. Lin Dan will play fourth Men’s Singles player alongside Chen Long (2), Du Pengyu (6) and Tian Houwei (16). Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?

    Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?
    However, Cai Yun the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champions was excluded from the team. In addition, Yu Yang, one of the most accomplished women’s doubles players of all time, has been excluded from China’s Uber cup team as well.

    Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ki Jung will mark their return to badminton by playing in the Thomas Cup in New Delhi. BWF lifted their ban against these two players last month. The two are part of a strong Korean doubles line-up, which appears relatively weaker in singles. Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Kim Ki Jung/Kim Sa Rang and Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel are the flag-bearers for Korea in doubles.

  • Day 1 of Thomas-Uber Cup training camp helped lift shuttlers' spirits

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's shuttlers were dripping with sweat, training hard and enjoying the atmosphere at the first day of Thomas-Uber Cup Finals training camp.

    Lee Chong Wei was reported to have a little discomfort on his left leg but his coach, Rashid Sidek played down that incident as minor problem.  Two years ago,  Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China

    Two years ago, Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China


    “Chong Wei told us about it and after a diagnosis, it's no really worrisome” said Rashid, who is also the Thomas-Uber Cup project lead. Of course, everyone knows the importance of Chong Wei for the Thomas Cup team. He is the only player in the roster that can guaranteed a victory.
  • Daren Liew becomes Thomas Cup captain

    Selangor: Malaysia's Thomas Cup members have selected Daren Liew as their team captain. The team consists of Chong Wei Feng, Goh Soon Huat, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, 05-5-2014-badminton-news-daren-liew

    05-5-2014-badminton-news-daren-liew
    Tan Boon Heong and Chan Peng Soon hoped this would be a major morale boost to Daren ahead of Thomas Cup Finals which will be held in New Delhi from May 18-25 .

    Although Daren was surprised by the team's decision, the 27-year-old Daren vowed play his best as team captain and the third singles.

  • No wildcard for Lin Dan at World Championships 2014

    KUALA LUMPUR: In last year’s world badminton champioIn World Championships 2013, Lee Chong Wei had to throw in the towel when he succumbed to cramps during the final World Championships match against China's Lin Dan (right).

    In World Championships 2013, Lee Chong Wei had to throw in the towel when he succumbed to cramps during the final World Championships match against China's Lin Dan (right).
    nships, Badminton World Federation (BWF) granted Lin Dan a wild card so he could compete in the tournament. The Olympic champion from China ended up winning his fifth world title after first coming from a game down and then overturning a 10-6 final game deficit to force his great rival, and good friend, Lee Chong Wei to retire at 20-17 down in another epic Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan showdown.
  • Malaysian professional badminton league to launch in September

    Kuala Lumpur: A new Malaysian badminton league called Malaysia Purple League (MPL) is set to get underway later this year (from September 2014 to February 2015) which will see twelve franchises taking part in the RM2 million overall prize money competition. The Malaysia Purple League is a good way to search of a worthy successor to world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei

    The Malaysia Purple League is a good way to search of a worthy successor to world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei

    The MPL will feature the best Malaysia players such as superstar Lee Chong Wei and new, emerging talent, as well as some of the great badminton stars from China, Korea and Europe. The league is expected to feature Lin Dan, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, Lee Yong-dae and Markis Kido.

  • Lee Chong Wei: "Welcome back, Lin Dan"

    KUALA LUMPUR: Chong Wei's dramatic defeat against Lin Dan in the final of the London Olympic was exactly the kind of epic showdown that stops him thinking about retiring.I wish I can see them play atleast once before their retired.

    I wish I can see them play atleast once before their retired.

    After 8 months long "vacation" the two-time Olympic Games champion Lin Dan captured the China Masters Grand Prix Gold title last week to jump 19 rungs from No. 104 to No. 83 in the world rankings.

  • Koo Kien Keat could be the X-factor for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may bring back Koo Kien Keat to beef up one of the weakest Thomas Cup squad in Malaysia's badminton history.Koo Kean Keat needs to be in shape to play good badminton

    Koo Kean Keat needs to be in shape to play good badminton


    Lee Chong Wei proposed to BAM on Friday that Koo Kien Keat could allow the coaches more flexibility to try different line-ups.

  • It would take a miracle for Daren Liew to play in badminton world championships

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's third men's singles shuttler Daren Liew was hampered by another bad news for his already disastrous start of the year.Daren Liew's fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn recently

    Daren Liew's fortunes have taken a dramatic downturn recently

    Daren, who has felt to No. 63 in the world ranking, would probably not be able to join his compatriots Lee Chong Wei and Chong Wei Feng for the August world meet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The qualifying period for the world meet ended with the last week's China Masters Grand Prix Gold.

  • Lin Dan is set to play in the Asian Badminton Championships

    Beijing: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan will take part in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) inGimcheon, South Korea from April 22-27.

    Lin Dan will first play in China Masters Grand Prix Gold, and then Asian Badminton Championships

    Lin Dan will first play in China Masters Grand Prix Gold, and then Asian Badminton Championships
    Lee Chong Wei will skip the tournament and Badminton Association of Malaysia is going to pay Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), a fine of US$2,000 (RM6,500) for withdrawing Chong Wei from the men’s singles event. In addition to Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia will also withdraw doubles pairs Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem. Of course, Malaysia will have to pay the fine for withdrawing these pairs.

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