• Carolina Marin withdraws from Australian Open

    Madrid: World No. 1 women's shuttler Carolina Marin of Spain has withdrawn from the Australian Open as she had suffered some "discomfort" in Indonesia.

    The Spanish badminton star was stunned by Wang Yihan of China in the Indonesia Open semi-final last Saturday, and has tweeted that she will not be playing at the Australian Open.Carolina Marin is looking forward to the challenge of winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. (photo: AFP)

    Carolina Marin is looking forward to the challenge of winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. (photo: AFP)

  • China beat Korea 3-1 to win 14th Uber Cup crown

    Kunshan: China's women's team was on a mission to retain the Uber Cup at home after their men's team suffered worst loss in China's Thomas Cup history when they were beaten by Korea in the men's quarter-finals.Congratulations to China's women's team for winning the 2016 Uber Cup title. (photo:AFP)

    Congratulations to China's women's team for winning the 2016 Uber Cup title. (photo:AFP)

  • 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)

  • Zhao Yunlei prepares for life after badminton

    Beijing: "Having a clear goal of what we want to achieve in our life is key to achieving what we want and enjoying success."

    China's World No. 1 mixed doubles player Zhao Yunlei wrote a Weibo (a Chinese social media platform equivalent of Facebook) post on May 4th to share her vision for the future, hinted that retirement could be her next move after Rio Olympics.Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

    Zhao Yunlei deserves more media attention for her outstanding achievements.

  • Chen Long, Lin Dan to begin Olympic tune up at Australian Open

    Beijing: World No. 1 Chen Long and World No. 3 Lin Dan will prepare for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by playing at the Australian Badminton Open in June.Lin Dan is being serious about winning his third Olympic gold medal. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lin Dan is being serious about winning his third Olympic gold medal. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win BAC title

    Wuhan: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei celebrated his fourth consecutive victories against World No. 1 Chen Long of China by beating the Chinese shuttler in the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) final to regain his second BAC title in Wuhan, China on Sunday.

    In the enthralling first set, Lee who won the BAC title in 2006, put on a furious fightback after trailing 11-15 to overtake Chen Long and wrapped up the set 21-17.Lee Chong Wei (2nd L) of Malaysia uses a selfie stick to take photos with the runner-up Cheng Long (L) of China and the third place Tian Houwei (3rd L) of China and Lin Dan (R) of China on the podium after winning the men's singles final match against Chen Long of China at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei (2nd L) of Malaysia uses a selfie stick to take photos with the runner-up Cheng Long (L) of China and the third place Tian Houwei (3rd L) of China and Lin Dan (R) of China on the podium after winning the men's singles final match against Chen Long of China at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: AFP)

  • Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying emerge Runner-up of Thailand GPG

    Bangkok: Men's doubles top seeds Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia were pushed to the limit by No. 2 seeds from South Koreans Kim Gi-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang in the 2016 Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters finals on Saturday they were crowned the champions.

    The Indonesian pair was forced to dig deep to beat the Koreans 12-21, 21-15, 21-12 in a 43 minutes encounter. The win was Ahsan/Setiawan's sixth victory against both Kims in their eight career meetings.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan at the trophy presentation with Kim Gi-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang. (photo: Jane Piyatat)

    Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan at the trophy presentation with Kim Gi-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang. (photo: Jane Piyatat)

  • Lin Dan, Chen Long set to play at Singapore Open in April

    Singapore: China is expected to send over a strong men's and women's team for the OUE Singapore Open that offers prize money of US$350,000 ($500,000) slated to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from April 12 to 17.Singapore fans would like to see Lin Dan in action before he retires.

    Singapore fans would like to see Lin Dan in action before he retires.

  • Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, Chen Long top "Race to Rio – BWF Olympic Qualification Ranking”

    Beijing: Chinese mixed doubles players Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, with 81,025 points, held on to the top spot in the Race to Rio – Badminton World Federation (BWF) Olympic Qualification Ranking released on Thursday. Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea, and Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin round out the top three, while Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir still lingered at No. 4.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

    Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

  • Lin Dan, Chen Long not competing in BATC

    Beijing: China have decided to send their men's squad for the Badminton Asian Team Championship (BATC) slated to be held in India from Feb 15 to Feb 21 without Lin Dan and Chen Long.

    Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan have also been excluded from the China women's BATC squad.China to ensure Chen Long and Lin Dan get enough rest time prior to Rio Olympic.

    China to ensure Chen Long and Lin Dan get enough rest time prior to Rio Olympic.

  • Imogen Bankier of Scotland calls it quits

    Scotland: Scottish doubles specialist Imogen Bankier has retired from international badminton, admitting lack of motivation convinced her the time was right to call it quits.

    The 28-year-old was Scotland's most successful badminton player, and one of only four British players to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, playing mixed doubles alongside Chris Adcock. Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock defeated Tantowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir in the semi-finals of 2011 World Championships.

    Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock defeated Tantowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir in the semi-finals of 2011 World Championships.

     

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin named 2015 BWF players of the year

    Dubai: Chen Long of China and Carolina Marin of Spain took home the Player of the Year Awards at the players’ reception and gala dinner for the Dubai World Superseries Finals at the Al Badia Golf Club on Monday evening.Chen Long and Carolina Marin deserve 2015 BWF players of the year award. (photo: BWF)

    Chen Long and Carolina Marin deserve 2015 BWF players of the year award. (photo: BWF)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Li Xuerui absence from Dubai Superseries Finals

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Li Xuerui will not be playing in the World Super Series Finals in Dubai that was scheduled to kick off from December 9 to December 13. According to Badminton World Federation (BWF), they only select the top eight shuttlers after the 12 legs of Tournament to compete in the finale and each country can have a maximum of two players.Perhaps it's good time for both Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to take a short break before the busy 2016 season. (photo: Xinhua)

    Perhaps it's good time for both Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to take a short break before the busy 2016 season. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Minor change to the top 5 BWF rankings ahead of the Dubai World Superseries Finals

    Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings have remained relatively stable over the past week, as men's World No. 1 Chen Long geared up to lead the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals that will kick off in Dec 9.Chen Long remains overwhelming favorite to win the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

    Chen Long remains overwhelming favorite to win the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

  • Return of the King: Lee Chong Wei captures Hong Kong Open (video)

    Hong Kong: No one imagined he would, or could ever return to his athletic endeavor after spending eight months away from badminton court. Yet, with heart and soul made of steel, Lee Chong Wei defied all the odds, kept on fighting and created an inspiring comeback and re-established himself as true champion in the sport of badminton.Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

    Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Ng Ka Long to meet Tian Houwei in Hong Kong Open final

    Hong Kong: Unseeded former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put on an impressive display against local favorite Angus Ng Ka Long at the Hong Kong Open semi-finals, stretching his head-to-head record against the Hong Konger to 3-0 with a 21-19, 21-14 victory at Hong Kong Coliseum on Saturday.Lee Chong Wei defeats Ng Ka Long in Hong Kong Open semi-finals. (photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei defeats Ng Ka Long in Hong Kong Open semi-finals. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Lee Chong Wei too strong for Chen Long in China Open final (video)

    Fuzhou: With his flawless performance against the current world No. 1 and an opponent seven years younger than him, former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has once and for all silenced his critics by winning the China Open title for the first time on Sunday by defeating Chen Long of China in 50 minutes.Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Lin Dan in an epic three-set China Open semis

    Fuzhou: In the latest “badminton classic” played by two of the greatest badminton players of all time, Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 on Saturday afternoon to move into the China Open finals.

    The 35th encounter between Lee and Lin on Saturday didn't just feel like a battle for a berth in a China Open final, but also the culmination of one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport.Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)
  • Chen Long continues dominance on unchanged top 10 in latest BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) world rankings have remained relatively stable over the past week, as there were no changes to the top 10 of men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.Both Jan Jorgensen (left) and Chen Long are probably the two best men's singles players this year.

    Both Jan Jorgensen (left) and Chen Long are probably the two best men's singles players this year.
  • 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.

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