• 2016 Chinese New Year greetings from Lee Chong Wei and other badminton stars

    Kuala Lumpur: The Chinese zodiac calendar, known as Sheng Xiao, is divided into 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts 12 months and is represented by an animal. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the "Red Fire Monkey," to be exact.Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia. (photo: Lee Chong Wei's Facebook)

    Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia. (photo: Lee Chong Wei's Facebook)

  • Lin Dan leads Qingdao Capital Airlines to win China Badminton Super League

    Beijing: In the final of the 2015/2016 China Badminton Super League (CBSL) , it had everything what the audiences come to watch for - thrilling matches, stunning comebacks, and deserving champions.Lin Dan lift the China Badminton Super League trophy with his teammates.

    Lin Dan lift the China Badminton Super League trophy with his teammates.

  • 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.

  • Chen Long wraps up a strong 2015 season at World No. 1

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long who capped a remarkable season by winning 8 titles in 2015, finished the year atop the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings with 96,931 ranking points.Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • China Badminton Super League: Lin Dan leads Qingdao over Hunan

    Qingdao: Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan led the host team Qingdao for their fifth consecutive victory by defeating Hunan 4-1 and remained atop the China Badminton Super League on Thursday, but not without getting a tough fight from Zhou Zeqi in the men’s singles match.Lin Dan defeats Zhou Zeqi 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the China Badminton Super League. (photo: ossports)

    Lin Dan defeats Zhou Zeqi 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the China Badminton Super League. (photo: ossports)

  • 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)

  • When Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan turned actors

    Jinjiang: Many great athletes have leapt from sport to screen to find movie stardom. In the official launch ceremony of a badminton related movie called "I'm the Hero" on Tuesday in Jinjiang of China, Lee Chong Wei together with his on-the-court nemesis and off-the-court friend, Lin Dan were looking oh so handsome and as sharp as ever.Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have a ton of respect for each other.

    Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have a ton of respect for each other.

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long in exhibition at China Badminton Super League

    Fuzhou Jing'an: The 2015-2016 season of China Badminton Super League officially kicked off on Tuesday with a fun mixed doubles match where Lee Chong Wei partnered Li Xuerui to defeat the combination of Chen Long and Tai Tzu-ying 21-16, 21-17 in a spirited exhibition.Lee Chong Wei partners Li Xuerui in the China Badminton Super League mixed doubles exhibition match.(photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei partners Li Xuerui in the China Badminton Super League mixed doubles exhibition match.(photo: Xinhua)

  • Nozomi Okuhara shocks off-key Li Xuerui at Hong Kong Open

    Hong Kong: World No. 10 women's singles player Nozomi Okuhara made an extraordinary run in the first round of Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open on Wednesday as she pulled off a massive upset to dismiss Olympic gold medalist and last week's China Open champion Li Xuerui of China 21-19, 21-9 in 34 minutes.Nozomi Okuhara's post match interview with a journalist. (photo: EPA)

    Nozomi Okuhara's post match interview with a journalist. (photo: EPA)

  • Saina Nehwal & Wang Shixian withdraw from Hong Kong Open

    Hong Kong: World No. 2 women's singles shuttler Saina Nehwal who fell short in last week's China Open women's final against Li Xuerui, has pulled out of the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Open citing severe pain in her legs.Wish Wang Shixian a speedy recovery. (photo: AFP)

    Wish Wang Shixian a speedy recovery. (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)
  • Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to face off in much anticipated China Open semis

    Fuzhou: For the 35th time in their storied rivalry, the top two greatest badminton players of our era will cross swords in a highly anticipated China Open semi-finals on Saturday. For Lee Chong Wei, it is an opportunity for him to end his five-match losing streak against Lin Dan since March 2012 at All England. The last time Lee defeated Lin was at the Korea Open in Jan 2012.Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan book mouthwatering clash in China Open semis.(photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan book mouthwatering clash in China Open semis.(photo: AFP)
  • Chen Long, Li Xuerui win 2015 Denmark Open

    Odense: This year's Denmark Open has been marked by upsets and by dramatic swings in fortune, with top shuttlers such as Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal, Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei all crashed out early from the tournament. Nevertheless, the upset trend was partially halted in the finals when Chen Long, Li Xuerui, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong went on to capture the men's singles, women's singles, and men's doubles titles respectively at the Denmark Open on Sunday.2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long with seven titles under his belt so far. (photo: AFP)

    2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long with seven titles under his belt so far. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long hit the court for Denmark Open

    Copenhagen: Badminton A-listers Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long will play their first round of Denmark Open on Wednesday, but they aren't the only big names hanging out around the Odense Sports Park.Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

    Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

  • PV Sindhu eyeing a medal at 2016 Rio Olympics

    Kolkata: Double World Championships bronze medallist PV Sindhu registered one of the biggest wins of her career when she ousted London Olympics champion Li Xuerui of China to enter the quarterfinal in this year's edition at Jakarta.

    The 20-year-old Indian's dream run, however, ended in the quarterfinals after going down to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun.PV Sindhu is the young and rising star of Indian badminton.

    PV Sindhu is the young and rising star of Indian badminton.

  • Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho, P.V Sindhu stun big names

    Jakarta: SEA Games champions Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Championships history when the Malaysian pair defeated top seeds and world number one pair Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan, 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Thursday.Good luck to Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho in the quarters. (photo: Goh Thean Howe)

    Good luck to Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho in the quarters. (photo: Goh Thean Howe)

  • China coach Li Yongbo plays down expectations at World Championships

    Beijing: The head coach of Chinese National Badminton Team, Li Yongbo has attempted to take the pressure off his players ahead of the World Championships, saying the Chinese badminton team does not set any hard targets at the World Championships that will be held in Jakarta from August 10 - August 16. It would not surprise him if some of the young Chinese players who will play their first ever World Championships could end up as world champions.Lin Dan has joined in training with the Chinese national team to prepare for the World Championships.

    Lin Dan has joined in training with the Chinese national team to prepare for the World Championships.

  • 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)

  • Chinese Taipei Open: Chou Tien Chen beats Lin Dan to meet Chen Long in final

    Taipei: Local hope Chou Tien Chen has shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist No.4 seed Lin Dan of China to headline a big day of upsets in the semi-finals of Chinese Taipei Open on Saturday.

    Chou survived a three-set thriller to defeat Lin 21-19, 18-21, 21-16 in 77 minutes. Chou fought back from 14-18 deficit, and managed to seal the winning point in the first set after he caught Lin Dan off guard by luckily rolling the shuttlecock across the top of the net to Lin Dan's side. Lin Dan then reclaimed the second set with 21-18. Chou took a commanding 13-3 lead over the Chinese in the decider, but Lin Dan fought back superbly, closing on Chou with 16-17. The Taiwanese recomposed himself to reel off the next four points to cruise to victory.Chou Tien Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player to defeat Lin Dan. (photo: AP)

    Chou Tien Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player to defeat Lin Dan. (photo: AP)

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