• Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan break Up (gif)

    Kuala Lumpur: Just one day after Zhang Nan and Fu Haifeng of China defeated Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia to win the Olympic men's double title, Zhang Nan's girl friend of six years - Zhao Yunlei, posted a message on her personal social media page admitted the couple has ended their relationship prior to the Rio Olympics.Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan split.

    Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan split.

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong waste match points to hand Olympic gold to Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan

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    Reio de Janeiro: Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan held firm in a furious men's doubles final on Friday to win the title for China after their Malaysian opponents froze twice when within reach of grabbing their nation's first ever Olympic gold medal.Silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia (from left), gold medallists Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China,  and bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of Britain pose on the podium. (photo: Reuters)

    Silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia (from left), gold medallists Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China, and bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of Britain pose on the podium. (photo: Reuters)

  • Rio 2016: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir win mixed doubles gold

    Rio de Janeiro: Rio Olympic Badminton saw the completion of one of its five medal events on Wednesday. In the Mixed Doubles finals, Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have taken gold against Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

    2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong set up final clash with Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan at Rio Olympics

    Rio de Janeiro: The fast and furious Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong pulled off a huge upset after defeating Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei to reach the men's doubles final at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia shake hands with Chai Biao and Hong Wei (CHN) of China after winning their semi-final match. (photo: Reuters)

    Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia shake hands with Chai Biao and Hong Wei (CHN) of China after winning their semi-final match. (photo: Reuters)

  • Rio 2016: Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in mixed doubles final

    Rio de Janeiro: After beating Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba of Poland in the quarterfinals with 21-17, 21-10, Malaysian mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying has worked hard to ensure at least a silver medal for Malaysia when they reached the mixed doubles final on Monday.Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

    Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong in quarters, Ahsan/Setiawan eliminated

    Rio de Janeiro: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong highlighted their potential to become a medal contributor to Malaysia in the 2016 Olympics when they stunned World No. 4 Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan of China to top Group B.Rio: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong through, Ahsan/Setiawan eliminated

    Rio: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong through, Ahsan/Setiawan eliminated

  • Lin Dan leads China's warm up matches prior to Rio Olympics 2016

    Chengdu: Lin Dan led his 2016 Olympic team teammates to play exhibition matches held in Shuangliu District Sports Center, Chengdu on July 22nd.Lin Dan, Chen Long

    Lin Dan, Chen Long

  • China beat Japan 5-0, Malaysia set to play Taiwan in Thomas Cup quarters

    Kunshan: Badminton powerhouse China managed to exact their revenge in front of home crowd on Wednesday when they produced ruthless destructions to beat Japan 5-0 to top Group A in the Thomas Cup Finals.Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan form a formidable first men's doubles pair for China. (photo: AFP)

    Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan form a formidable first men's doubles pair for China. (photo: AFP)

  • China records 5-0 win against France at Thomas Cup

    Kunshan: Badminton powerhouse China has recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over France in the group stage of the Thomas Cup finals, in Kunshan, Jiangsu-China on Monday.Lin Dan shakes hand with Peter Gade after Monday's match. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan shakes hand with Peter Gade after Monday's match. (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)

  • Sony Dwi Kuncoro holds nerve to stun Lin Dan in Singapore

    Singapore: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was dumped out by the veteran from Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro on a day when men's doubles and mixed doubles No. 1 seeds were also sent packing at the Singapore Open semi-finals.

    The Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan looked sluggish in the opening game as Kuncoro crossed the finish line with a 21-10 easy win.

    Lin Dan fought back while trailing 9-10 to win the second set 21-17 and forced a decider.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan to play at 2016 All England

    London: Defending champion Chen Long who will be trying to capture his third All England in four years, has been seeded first for the upcoming 2016 YONEX All England tournament that will be held from March 8 to March 13 at Barclaycard Arena, in Birmingham, England.Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2014 All England title. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2014 All England title. (photo: GettyImages)

  • 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)

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