• Lee Hyun-Il beats Angus Ng Ka Long to reach French Open final

    Paris: The 36-year-old former World No. 1 men's singles player Lee Hyun-Il of Korea who has not win a Superseries for a while, stormed into the French Open final after stunning No. 8 seed Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong 21-17, 21-15 in 39 minutes at the famous Coubertin Court in Paris.Lee Hyun-Il is a highly disciplined badminton player. (photo: AP)

    Lee Hyun-Il is a highly disciplined badminton player. (photo: AP)

  • Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, Akane Yamaguchi win Denmark Open

    Odense: Olympic women's doubles champions and No. 1 seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi faced the biggest challenge of their tourney at Denmark Open on Sunday when they needed 68 minutes to battle back from a set down to beat No. 2 seeds Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 19-21, 21-11, 21-16 to win the Denmark Open women's doubles title.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi would continue to be the dominant women's doubles pair in the world in the next few years.

    Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi would continue to be the dominant women's doubles pair in the world in the next few years.

  • Carolina Marin bows out of Denmark Open

    Odense: Women's singles No. 1 seed and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain fought through grueling 82 minutes three-set thriller before going down to No. 8 Akane Yamaguchi in the Denmark Open semi-finals on Saturday.Carolina Marin probably need more time to get back to peak form after the Rio Olympics.

    Carolina Marin probably need more time to get back to peak form after the Rio Olympics.

  • Carolina Marin pulls off great escape to reach Denmark Open semis

    Odense: Women's singles World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain had to dig deep to progress to the semi-finals of the Denmark Open on Friday eventually beating Sun Yu of China 21-19, 16-21, 27-25 in their quarter-final clash.Carolina Marin plays a great match against Sun Yu in the quarter-finals of 2016 Denmark Open. (photo: AP)

    Carolina Marin plays a great match against Sun Yu in the quarter-finals of 2016 Denmark Open. (photo: AP)

  • Japan Open: Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla R. Juhl take revenge on Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo

    Tokyo: In a rematch of last month's Olympic final, Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark came through grueling 3-set thriller, toppling Rio Games gold medalists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo 19-21, 21-18, 21-12 to win the Japan Open women's doubles title on Sunday.Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla R. Juhl and Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo stand on the podium at the awarding ceremony of the 2016 Japan Open. (photo: AP)

    Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla R. Juhl and Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo stand on the podium at the awarding ceremony of the 2016 Japan Open. (photo: AP)

  • Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo vs Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Juhl at Japan Open final

    Tokyo: Rio 2016 gold medalists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo of Japan will set up a rematch of last month's women's doubles Olympic gold medal match against Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark at the Japan Open final on Sunday.Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Juhl seek revenge against Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo in Japan Open final. (photo: AP)

    Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Juhl seek revenge against Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo in Japan Open final. (photo: AP)

  • Rio 2016: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi win Japan’s first-ever badminton gold

    Rio de Janeiro: Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi produced one of the finest three-set comebacks in Olympic memory to win the first badminton Olympic gold medal for Japan on Thursday.Congratulations to Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi for winning the 2016 Rio Olympic women's doubles gold medal. (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi for winning the 2016 Rio Olympic women's doubles gold medal. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: Pedersen/Juhl beat Yu/Tang to end Chinese reign in women's doubles

    Rio de Janeiro: Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl reached the Olympic badminton women's doubles final on Tuesday after they put an end to China's 20-year stranglehold on the Olympic women's doubles title by beating China's second-ranked pair Yu Yang and Tang Yuanting 21-16, 14-21, 21-19.08 17 2016 badminton news Christinna Pedersen Kamilla Rytter Juhl

    08 17 2016 badminton news Christinna Pedersen Kamilla Rytter Juhl

  • Japan badminton looking to move past controversy

    Rio: World No. 1 ranked pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo have abundant incentive to win the women's doubles title at the Rio Olympics.

    Not only would a badminton gold medal for the pair, dubbed "Taka-Matsu" by Japanese media, be the first at an Olympics for the country, it would also provide a silver lining to the dark cloud that has hung over the Japanese team following a gambling scandal that embroiled two leading male players.08 03 2016 badminton news Ayaka Takahashi Misaki Matsutomo

    08 03 2016 badminton news Ayaka Takahashi Misaki Matsutomo

  • Japan badminton team look to move past gambling scandal

    Tokyo: The Japanese badminton team's morale was low when Japanese rising badminton star, 21-year-old Kento Momota and six-time Japan national champion Kenichi Tago have been expelled from the national team after they admitted to gamble at illegal casinos.Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

    Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

  • Tai Tzu Ying shocks Wang Yihan to win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Chinese Taipei's women's singles shuttler Tai Tzu Ying stunned former World Champion Wang Yihan of China to lift her first ever Indonesia Open title on Sunday.

    The unseeded Tai, who has been in sizzling form since defeated 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the second round, dashed past No. 4 seed Wang Yihan 21-17, 21-8 in 34 minutes for the title.The 2016 Indonesian Open women's singles champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan stands on the podium next to runner-up Wang Yihan of China. (photo: AFP)

    The 2016 Indonesian Open women's singles champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan stands on the podium next to runner-up Wang Yihan of China. (photo: AFP)

  • Carolina Marin beats Saina Nehwal to reach Indonesian Open semis

    Jakarta: World No. 1 women's shuttler Carolina Marin defeated India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal in straight sets 24-22, 21-11 in the last eight of Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Friday.Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China to face South Korea in Uber Cup final

    Kunshan: The London Olympic champion Li Xuerui shook off a shaky second set, as she bounced back to earn a hard-fought three-gamer against India's Saina Nehwal in the Uber Cup semi-finals on Friday.Wang Shixian of China celebrates her victory against Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo:AFP)

    Wang Shixian of China celebrates her victory against Pusarla V Sindhu of India in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo:AFP)

  • Japan to send nine badminton players to Rio Olympics

    Tokyo: After Japanese World No. 1 women's doubles pair Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo defeated Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 21-13, 21-15 in an all-Japan women’s badminton doubles final at the Asian Championships, Takahashi/Matsutomo have been named among the nine Japanese shuttlers who clinched their spots in all five disciplines at the Rio Olympics.A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

    A lot of respect to Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao's "Samurai spirit" when both pairs put up real fight in the BAC final, contrary to "Li Yongbo" style that brought shame to badminton with walkovers and match throwings.

  • 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)

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win India Open

    New Delhi: World No. 4 Japanese shuttler Kento Momota remained perfect in India Open finals, winning an the men's singles title on Sunday while denying Viktor Axelsen of Denmark from winning his first ever Super Series.Japan's Kento Momota poses with the trophy after winning the men's final singles match aganist Denmark's Viktor Axelsen at 2016 India Open. (photo: AFP)

    Japan's Kento Momota poses with the trophy after winning the men's final singles match aganist Denmark's Viktor Axelsen at 2016 India Open. (photo: AFP)

  • Li Xuerui beats defending champion Saina Nehwal in India Open Semis

    New Delhi: The 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui gained another psychological edge against India's top women's shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday as she recorded a 22-20, 17-21, 21-19 hard fought victory in the India Open semi-finals.China's Li Xuerui celebrates after victory in her women's singles semi-final match against India's Saina Nehwal at the 2016 India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    China's Li Xuerui celebrates after victory in her women's singles semi-final match against India's Saina Nehwal at the 2016 India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Saina Nehwal, P.V Sindhu roll on a day of upset at India Open

    New Delhi: Despite the shock exits of Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Jan Jorgensen at India Open, both Indian women's singles shuttlers No. 2 seed Saina Nehwal and P.V Sindhu clinched their spots in the quarter-finals of the $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries on Thursday.P.V Sindhu pumps her fist during her India Open second round against Busanan Ongbumrungphan. (photo: BAI)

    P.V Sindhu pumps her fist during her India Open second round against Busanan Ongbumrungphan. (photo: BAI)

  • Lin Dan captures sixth All England title

    Birmingham: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan who had won the prestigious All England tournament in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, made history in the modern badminton era by capturing his sixth All England title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England on Sunday.Congratulations to Lin Dan for winning the 2016 All England title! (photo: Reuters)

    Congratulations to Lin Dan for winning the 2016 All England title! (photo: Reuters)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing in Malaysia GPG finals

    Georgetown: An inspired Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong pair continued to fire on all cylinders in the quest for their first title of the year, as they shown what they have in store, bouncing back from one set deficit to topple No.1 seeds Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang of Korea 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 in the Malaysia Masters men's doubles semi-finals on Saturday.Let's go, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong! (photo: Bernama)

    Let's go, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong! (photo: Bernama)

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