• Saina Nehwal drops to No.8 in badminton rankings (pic)

    Saina Nehwal slipped a place to No.8 and is now only a spot ahead of World No.9 Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who despite her first round exit from All-England Open Badminton Championships last week, still retained the position.Saina Nehwal

    New Delhi:  The quarter-final exit at the All-England Open Badminton Championships last week has led India's leading shuttler Saina Nehwal dropping a place to No.8 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings released on Thursday.

  • Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei regains All-England Open Crown (pic)

    Despite an ankle problem, Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to regain the All-England Open title by beating Chen Long from China in an impressively emphatic straight games win in Birmingham on Sunday.

    The world number one from Malaysia beat the titleholder from China 21-13, 21-18 - revenge for his loss to Chen in the final last year.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia poses with his trophy after beating Chen Long of China in their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles final match in Birmingham, central England. (AFP/CARL COURT)

    The variety of the 31-year-old's game was often mesmerising, and his focus was steely enough to resist determined second-game fight-backs by Chen from 4-10 to 9-10 and from 13-18 to 17-18 and to within the width of the net tape of getting to 18-all.

  • Lee Chong Wei has Chen Long revenge in his sights (pic)

    World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.

    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia prepares to return against Son Wan Ho of South Korea during their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles semi-final match in Birmingham, central England.

    The Malaysian did that with a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over Son Wan Ho, the in-form world number 11 from Korea, after being close to the exit at a game down and 15-17 and 17-18 down in the second.

    In those difficult moments, Lee played his most controlled badminton, either deep to the back-line or tight to the net, and picked his moments perceptively to apply the sudden moments of pressure which took him to his sixth successive All-England Open final.

    Son, by contrast, tended to over-press in the crises after playing a superb match in which he took advantage of Lee's error-tinged first game and also pushed on to an early four-point lead in the final game.

  • Chong Wei scrape through to All-England final (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei huffed and puffed his way past South Korea’s Son Wan-ho to check into the final of the All-England badminton championships.

    Two-time winner Chong Wei, who has enjoyed an easy run so far, found the 25-year-old military man a sturdy wall as he slogged for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win in the semi-finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei had a close shave with defeat before beating South Korean Son Wan-ho in three sets in the semi-final of the All-England in Birmingham on Saturday.

    Despite taking a 5-1 lead in the first game, Chong Wei was caught off-guard by Wan-ho’s steely determination as the Korean came back strongly to win it.

    The two-time Olympic silver medallist then toyed with the prospect of a surprise – and painful exit – when Wan-ho led 17-15 in the second game.

    Being the fighter that he is, Chong Wei managed to muster enough firepower in reserves to force a deciding rubber by the skin of his teeth.

    He then stormed ahead to seal his place in his sixth straight All-England final after 71 minutes.

  • All-England Badminton Championship Final Results: Live

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP

     


     

     

    1. Starting at 12:00 PM WD
    Xiaoli Wang [1] (China)
    Yang (F) Yu (China)
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    (China) Jin Ma
    (China) Yuanting Tang
    21-17 18-21 23-21     1:21
       2. Followed by MD
    Mohammad Ahsan [1] (Indonesia)
    Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
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    (Japan) Hiroyuki Endo [2]
    (Japan) Kenichi Hayakawa
    21-19 21-19     0:45
       3. Followed by WS
    Shixian Wang [4] (China)
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    (China) Xuerui Li [1]
    21-19 21-18     0:50
       4. Followed by MS
    Chong Wei Lee [1] (Malaysia)
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    (China) Long Chen [2]
    21-13 21-18     0:59
       5. Followed by XD
    Tontowi Ahmad [2] (Indonesia)
    Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
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    (China) Nan Zhang [1]
    (China) Yunlei Zhao
    21-13 21-17     0:42

     

  • All-England: No mercy for Wei Feng (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: There was no holding back indeed as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei whipped Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the All-England on Thursday.

    Chong Wei, who is bidding for his third All-England crown, had previously warned that he will not hold back against training partner Wei Feng.Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He went down to Lee Chong Wei 6-21, 12-21 in the All-England second round in just 35 minutes.

    And he certainly kept his word with a comprehensive 21-6, 21-12 win to make the quarter-finals.

    “I expected it to be really tough against Chong Wei and I prepared myself for it … but I didn’t expect it to turn out so bad,” said Wei Feng.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei will now meet exciting Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the last eight.

  • Tame end for Hoon and Tan (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: It was tame finish in the end for Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong as they crashed out in the quarter-finals of the All-England.

    Fifth seeds Thien How-Wee Kiong let themselves down as they failed to stem the challenge of Indonesians Gideon Markis Fernaldi-Markis Kido, losing 18-21, 12-21 on Friday.It's the end of the road for Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong in the All-England, losing to their Indonesian opponents in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Friday.

    The Malaysian world No.7 pair started the match on equal footing with the French Open champions and were neck-and-neck in the first game.

    Gideon-Markis however pulled away at 16-16 as they provided a stronger finish to take the first game.

  • Danish pair hungry for more after scalping defending champs (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: Denmark has always been a top men’s doubles nation, with Jens Eriksen-Martin Luudgaard Hansen the more notable stars of the modern game.

    The now retired Eriksen-Hansen’s most notable successes are their All-England triumphs in 2004 and 2006. In more recent times, there have been Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen, who have consistently challenged for honours at the highest level.aDenmark's Kim Astrup Sorensen (right)-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen pose for a picture after beating All-England defending champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China in the doubles event on Thursday.

  • All England Open: British stars set to feature in Birmingham (pic)

    Britain's leading contenders will be in action when the first round of the All England Open Championships begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.

    Chris Adcock features in the mixed doubles with wife Gabby White, and in the men's doubles with Andy Ellis.Britain's leading contenders will be in action when the first round of the All England Open Championships begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.

    Britain's leading contenders will be in action when the first round of the All England Open Championships begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.


    Adcock and White reached a career-high fifth in the world rankings when they won the Hong Kong Open last November.

    World number one and top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will bid for his third All-England title in the men's singles.

    Last year's winner Chen Long of China defends the crown he won in 2013 at Lee's expense.

  • Nielsen-Pedersen hoping for better luck this time (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark are the in-form pair right now.

    They won the Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur last year before returning to Malaysia in January, where they made the final of the Malaysian Open – losing to China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India‚Äôs Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

    Nevertheless, Nielsen-Pedersen have consistently beaten the top Chinese pairs and Indonesia’s reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

    But the All-England is one tournament where the Danes have generally never done well – losing in the first round last year and only making the quarter-finals in 2011 and 2012.

  • All England - Sugiarto crashes out at first hurdle (pic)

    Tommy Sugiarto, winner of the Singapore Open last year and finalist at last month's Malaysian Open, was sent crashing out by a qualifier in the first round at the All England Open on Wednesday.

    BIRMINGHAM: Tommy Sugiarto, winner of the Singapore Open last year and finalist at last month's Malaysian Open, was sent crashing out by a qualifier in the first round at the All England Open on Wednesday.

    The world number three from Indonesia twice appeared to have turned the match around, and was foiled only in the last few points by Gao Huan, an impressively resilient Chinese player.Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia during the men's singles semi final at the BWF badminton World Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur in December 2013.

    The 24-year-old from Liaoning won 21-13, 10-21, 21-18, making good use of his familiarity with the conditions from his two matches in the qualifying competition to squeeze out the best win of his career.

  • From friends to foes for Chinese Olympic champs

    LONDON: United, Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun stand as an unstoppable force in men's badminton doubles, hauling in four World Championships and an Olympic gold medal. Divided? One will have to fall when they meet at the All England badminton championships.

    The duo said they would continue to play together after winning gold in London in 2012, but the Chinese have been experimenting with their lineups and Fu is partnering Zhang Nan, while Cai is with Kai Lu in Birmingham.

    The new pairs will square off against each other in the first round proper.

    "The All England is an incredible tournament and everyone who plays here wants to win," said Fu.

  • Khim Wah gets cracking to improve serve (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: It is no secret that doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah’s weak link is his service.

    Instead of whining about it, the diminutive Khim Wah has been spending extra hours perfecting his service so that he and his partner Goh V Shem can end Malaysia’s long wait for the men’s doubles title in the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem after they won the Malaysian Open on Jan 19, 2014. Khim Wah admits that part of his problem with serving is that nerves tend to get the better of him.

    Last month, Khim Wah and V Shem brought great joy to the doubles department when they defeated Hong Wei-Chai Biao of China in the final of the Malaysian Open and end the country’s four-year wait for a home title.

    Although they won, Khim Wah’s poor service was glaring – 10 of his services ended up in the net, much to the dismay of the home fans.

    Khim Wah admitted that his service problem is due to nerves.

  • Lee Chong Wei to compete in All-England Badminton Championships (pic)

    Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who won his 10th consecutive Maybank Malaysian Open title in January, has appeared in the last five men's singles finals.

    Malaysia's badminton ace Lee Chong Wei and defending champion Chen Long of China confirmed their participation in the All-England Badminton Championships to be held in Birmingham from March 4-9.Can Lee Chong Wei win another All England Title?

  • Lin Dan fails to make the cut for All-England (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not have his nemesis Lin Dan of China as one of his opponents at the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the entries for the prestigious event on Thursday and five-time world champion Lin Dan, who had indicated making a return to the training centre recently after a six-month absence, did not make the cut.

    Lin Dan is currently ranked 103rd in the world.In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will be hoping to win the All-England title for the third time. However, he will face strong opposition as the rest of the players in the top 10 standings have confirmed their entry.

  • Lin Dan signals intention to return (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Five-time world champion Lin Dan of China has announced his intention to resume training at the national centre - sparking talk of his long-awaited comeback to the international scene.Lin Dan may see action at the German Open or the All England qualifiers.

    If all goes well, Lin Dan, who is currently ranked 103rd in the world, may see action in either the German Open or All England qualifying tournaments. The German Open is from Feb 26-March 2 and the All England is from March 4-9.

    If he fails to make the cut for these two tournaments, there is a big probability he will feature in the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold from March 11-16.

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