• Kidambi Srikanth, Lu Kai/Cai Yun lift Swiss Open

    Basel: With four out of five events went down to the wire, Sunday's Swiss Open finals could go down as one of the most exciting finals in Swiss Open history.

    World No. 4 Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who created a major upset in the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by beating five-time World champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan, showed nerves of steel on Sunday to prevail over his Danish opponent Viktor Alexson who ranked sixth in the world, winning 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in the thrilling summit clash of the USD 120,000 event as the contest lasted 47 minutes.Goh V Shem (pink shirt left)/Tan Wee Kiong put up a good fight before beaten by Cai Yun (blue shirt left)/Lu Kai at Swiss Open final

    Goh V Shem (pink shirt left)/Tan Wee Kiong put up a good fight before beaten by Cai Yun (blue shirt left)/Lu Kai at Swiss Open final

  • Haifeng: Partnership with Cai Yun is over (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng believes that his 12-year partnership with Cai Yun has come to an end.

    The 30-year-old Haifeng and Cai Yun are one of the most celebrated men’s doubles pairs in the world.

    Together, they have won four world titles, an Olympic gold medal (2008), and led China to the Thomas Cup for six straight editions since 2004.Fu Haifeng (right) and Cai Yun are now being paired with younger players. Haifeng says their time as partners is over as they take on the new role of mentors with the China national team.

    Although Haifeng is not ready to call time on his career, he believes that the partnership with Cai Yun is no longer viable.

    In fact, Haifeng has already started trying out several different partners since the world championships in Guangzhou last year, namely with Hong Wei and Zhang Nan.

  • 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.

  • Badminton International Challenge kicks off in Lingshui of China

    Badminton World Federation (BWF) International Challenge kicked off on Feb. 12 in Lingshui of Hainan Province.

    The tournament attracts more than 150 players from China, the United States, Malaysia, Hongkong, China.

    Among the top-ranked players competing in the tournament are Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as well as Olympic doubles champion Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

    The tournament will last five days from 12 to 16. And the total prize is 50,000 US dollars.

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