• 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.
  • Fu Haifeng withdraws from China Open after father's death

    Fuzhou:The Chinese badminton team has confirmed Wednesday that 2012 London Olympic men's doubles champion Fu Haifeng has withdrawn from the China Open to mourn the death of his father who passed away unexpectedly before the start of the tournament.Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (right) of China stand on the podium with their gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (right) of China stand on the podium with their gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Korea Open: Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong ousted, Chen Long advances

    Seoul: Both Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong who were born on the same day and of the same month, couldn't add to their birthday celebrations with a victory on Friday at Korea Open, after losing their men's doubles quarter-finals match against No. 4 seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan 16-21, 12-21 in 32 minutes.2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long.

    2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long.

  • Lin Dan overcomes Viktor Axelsen to win Japan Open

    Tokyo: Lin Dan of China has once again proved his reputation as "Super Dan" after he earned a hard fought three-set battle against 21-year-old Viktor Axelsen in the Japan Open final on Sunday.

    Lin Dan got off to a slow start in the first set in which he trailed 3-8 against Viktor Axelsen at one point. Lin then overcame some sloppy errors to eventually win the first set 21-19.Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

    Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

  • Carolina Marin overcomes Saina Nehwal at World Championships final

    Jakarta: Carolina Marin produced a brilliant display to defend her world badminton title on Sunday with a smooth progress to a 21-16 21-19 win over Saina Nehwal.

    The Spaniard was brimming with confidence in the first game, pumping her fist and screaming in triumph.Thanks to Carolina Marin (right) and Saina Nehwal for their excellent performance in Jakarta. (photo: Reuters)

    Thanks to Carolina Marin (right) and Saina Nehwal for their excellent performance in Jakarta. (photo: Reuters)

  • Clash Of The Titans: Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long at World Championships final

    Jakarta: Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei advanced into his fourth straight world championships men's singles final in Jakarta on Saturday, after edging a resilient No. 2 Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark 21-7, 21-19 in 42 minutes.Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

    Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

  • Chen Long, Wang Yihan win Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Despite playing against home-country favorite Chou Tien Chen, Chen Long held on to tame Chou 15-21, 21-9, 21-6 and clinched the Chinese Taipei Open men's title on Sunday.Chen Long (right)shakes hands with Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen after the 2015 Taipei GPG men's singles final match. (photo: AP)

    Chen Long (right)shakes hands with Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen after the 2015 Taipei GPG men's singles final match. (photo: AP)

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota upstaged Denmark's defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen in the men's singles final, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon clinched the women's singles title at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

    Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

  • Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong ousted from Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s top men’s doubles players, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, failed to clinch a spot in the final round of the BCA Indonesia Super Series Premier Badminton Open on Saturday after they were defeated by Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China in the semifinal round 20-22, 21-18, 15-21.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

    Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

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