• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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)
  • Hong Kong Open draw: Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long placed in same half

    Kuala Lumpur: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, and two-time world champion Chen Long were all placed in the same section of the Hong Kong Open draw that was released on Tuesday.Lee Chong Wei will be tested by Chen Long and Lin Dan at Hong Kong Open.

    Lee Chong Wei will be tested by Chen Long and Lin Dan at Hong Kong Open.

  • French Open: Lee Chong Wei's win puts him back on top of the world

    Paris: Four days after his 33st birthday, Lee Chong Wei is back on top of the world again, with 40th career men's singles Superseries titles to his name and a third French Open in the bag.

    In one of the finest French Open finals of recent years, Lee Chong Wei showed his hunger for victory was still very much in evidence on Sunday, when he came out firing and won the opening set against Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles finals with 21-13 in 19 minutes.Lee Chong Wei poses for a picture with Chou Tien Chen. (photo: reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei poses for a picture with Chou Tien Chen. (photo: reuters)

  • French Open: Lee Chong Wei to meet Chou Tien Chen in the final (videos)

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei reached his first French Open final in four years as he needed 36 minutes to fly by world No. 9 Wang Zhengming of China 21-7, 21-13 in the semi-finals.

    The unseeded Lee, in remarkably sublime form at the age of 33, continued his formidable French Open run and never let up the pressure on No. 3 shuttler from the Chinese team in a semi-final demolition. The victory brought Lee's head to head record against Wang to 15-0.Lee Chong Wei should not underestimate Chou Tien Chen in the men's final.

    Lee Chong Wei should not underestimate Chou Tien Chen in the men's final.

  • 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.

  • Viktor Axelsen ready to clash against Lin Dan in Japan Open final

    Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen advanced to the final of Japan Open Superseries on Saturday after he defeated No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-19, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

    The Japan Open final is also Axelsen’s fourth career Superseries final.Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

    Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

  • Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal in semis, Chinese women's singles completely wiped out

    Jakarta: Top-ranked Carolina Marin advanced to the World Championships semi-finals Friday noon, beating 7th-seeded Wang Shixian of China 21-17, 21-19.

    The Spaniard showed no sign of the ankle injury she incurred on Thursday and kept her cool even as Wang put her through her paces in the second game.Carolina Marin cruises past Wang Shixian for semi-final place. (photo: Bagus Indahono/EFE)

    Carolina Marin cruises past Wang Shixian for semi-final place. (photo: Bagus Indahono/EFE)

  • 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.

  • Parupalli Kashyap stuns Chen Long to enter Indonesia Open semis, Saina Nehwal ousted

    Jakarta: Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap rallied to shock world No. 1 Chen Long, continuing his giant-killing spree to enter the men's singles semifinals of the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament on Friday.Chen Long was sent packing by Parupalli Kashyap in the quarters of Indonesia Open.

    Chen Long was sent packing by Parupalli Kashyap in the quarters of Indonesia Open.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin win Australian Open

    Sydney:   World No. 1 Chen Long of China came through a thrilling three-set victory over dark horse Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-12, 14-21, 21-18 to win the Australian Open men's singles title on Sunday.Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

    Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin in Australian Open final

    Sydney: As expected, world No. 1 Chen Long advanced to the final of Australian Open by defeating compatriot Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-finals on Saturday. Chen Long was tested at the beginning of first set when he was trailing 2-8. Chen recomposed himself  and started to find his rhythm to level the score at 8-8. He then managed to climb his way back to clinch the first set with 21-14. Chen Long has pretty much dominated the second set, saw off a tough fight from fellow teammate Tian Houwei 21-19 to book his place in the final.Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

    Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

  • Lin Dan, Chen Long in quarters Of Badminton Asia Championships

    Wuhan: Lin Dan and Chen Long both eased into the quarter-finals of the 2015 Dong Feng Citroen Badminton Asia Championships with straight-set victories on Thursday.Chen Long could meet Lin Dan in the final of Badminton Asia Championships

    Chen Long could meet Lin Dan in the final of Badminton Asia Championships


  • Simon Santoso, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian exit Singapore Open

    Singapore: Indonesian shuttler Simon Santoso's dreams of defending his Singapore Open Super Series title was shattered when he slumped to a 10-21, 13-21 defeat against Japan's Kento Momota in the men's singles semifinal at the Singapore Open on Saturday.Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

    Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

  • Singapore Open: Simon Santoso in semis, Lee Yong-dae/Yoo Yeon Seong exit

    Singapore: The men's singles defending champion Simon Santoso of Indonesia defeated Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-10, 21-19 on Friday to advance to the semi-finals of the OUE Singapore Open. Santoso will face Japan's Kento Momota in the semi-finals.Wang Shixian is on course to win the Singapore Open

    Wang Shixian is on course to win the Singapore Open

  • Malaysia Open: Li Xuerui set final rematch with Carolina Marin

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 3 Li Xuerui of China beat World No. 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal 13-21, 21-17, 22-20 in a 3-set thriller that lasted an hour and eight minutes at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

    The Chinese felt huge relief after prevailed in the tightly contested semi-final.Looking forward to the Li Xuerui vs Carolina Marin match-up in Malaysia Open final

    Looking forward to the Li Xuerui vs Carolina Marin match-up in Malaysia Open final

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