• Cai Yun officially retired from badminton

    Beijing: Cai Yun, 36, formally confirmed his retirement from competitive badminton on his personal Weibo (similar to Facebook and Twitter in China) yesterday.Cai Yun receives his retirement certificate from the Chinese Badminton Association. (photo: Cai Yun's Weibo)

    Cai Yun receives his retirement certificate from the Chinese Badminton Association. (photo: Cai Yun's Weibo)

  • China beat Japan 5-0, Malaysia set to play Taiwan in Thomas Cup quarters

    Kunshan: Badminton powerhouse China managed to exact their revenge in front of home crowd on Wednesday when they produced ruthless destructions to beat Japan 5-0 to top Group A in the Thomas Cup Finals.Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan form a formidable first men's doubles pair for China. (photo: AFP)

    Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan form a formidable first men's doubles pair for China. (photo: AFP)

  • China records 5-0 win against France at Thomas Cup

    Kunshan: Badminton powerhouse China has recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over France in the group stage of the Thomas Cup finals, in Kunshan, Jiangsu-China on Monday.Lin Dan shakes hand with Peter Gade after Monday's match. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan shakes hand with Peter Gade after Monday's match. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei set fastest smash record at 408 km/h

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei topped the list for most powerful smash in any international badminton tournament since last September, with 408 kilometers per hour at the 2015 Hong Kong Open, which he won at the Coliseum in Hung Hom.A powerful smash by Lee Chong Wei at the 2015 Hong Kong Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    A powerful smash by Lee Chong Wei at the 2015 Hong Kong Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Sony Dwi Kuncoro holds nerve to stun Lin Dan in Singapore

    Singapore: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was dumped out by the veteran from Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro on a day when men's doubles and mixed doubles No. 1 seeds were also sent packing at the Singapore Open semi-finals.

    The Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan looked sluggish in the opening game as Kuncoro crossed the finish line with a 21-10 easy win.

    Lin Dan fought back while trailing 9-10 to win the second set 21-17 and forced a decider.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan to play at 2016 All England

    London: Defending champion Chen Long who will be trying to capture his third All England in four years, has been seeded first for the upcoming 2016 YONEX All England tournament that will be held from March 8 to March 13 at Barclaycard Arena, in Birmingham, England.Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2014 All England title. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win the 2014 All England title. (photo: GettyImages)

  • PBSI looking to add a second men's pair at Rio Olympics

    aJakarta: For this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) still relied heavily on Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan to bring home the nation's first Olympic gold medal since Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido last won it at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by defeating Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng 12–21, 21–11, 21–16 in the men's doubles final.Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan (front) still Indonesia's main hope of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan (front) still Indonesia's main hope of winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Fu Haifeng withdraws from China Open after father's death

    Fuzhou:The Chinese badminton team has confirmed Wednesday that 2012 London Olympic men's doubles champion Fu Haifeng has withdrawn from the China Open to mourn the death of his father who passed away unexpectedly before the start of the tournament.Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (right) of China stand on the podium with their gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (right) of China stand on the podium with their gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Chong Wei Feng is fine with BAM's decision, whatever it is

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's No. 2 men's singles player Chong Wei Feng said last Saturday that he will accept whatever Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) decide, whether to keep or to drop him from the national body after 2016 Rio Olympics.Chong Wei Feng must learn to harness his full potential under all circumstances.

    Chong Wei Feng must learn to harness his full potential under all circumstances.

  • Korea Open: Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong ousted, Chen Long advances

    Seoul: Both Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong who were born on the same day and of the same month, couldn't add to their birthday celebrations with a victory on Friday at Korea Open, after losing their men's doubles quarter-finals match against No. 4 seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan 16-21, 12-21 in 32 minutes.2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long.

    2015 has been a strong year for Chen Long.

  • 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)

  • Li Yongbo and the Chinese badminton team visit an orphanage in China

    Jinjiang: As they beef up their preparation for next week's Chinese Taipei Open at Jinjiang, Fujian province of China, the Chinese National Badminton Team continued its "Giving Back to the Community" spirit, by visiting an orphanage in Jinjiang on Tuesday.The Chinese badminton team take photos of themselves with the children.

    The Chinese badminton team take photos of themselves with the children.

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota upstaged Denmark's defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen in the men's singles final, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon clinched the women's singles title at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

    Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

  • Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong ousted from Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s top men’s doubles players, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, failed to clinch a spot in the final round of the BCA Indonesia Super Series Premier Badminton Open on Saturday after they were defeated by Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China in the semifinal round 20-22, 21-18, 15-21.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

    Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

  • China rout Japan 3-0 in final to win 10th Sudirman Cup

    Dongguan: The stadium rumbled! China made the Sudirman Cup final looked easy when they finished off a dominant 3-0 run against Japan, wrapped up the 8 days event by clinching their sixth consecutive Sudirman Cup title on Sunday. This was also the 10th Sudirman Cup won by China over the tournament's 27 year history.China win their 10th Sudirman Cup over the tournament's 27 year history.

    China win their 10th Sudirman Cup over the tournament's 27 year history.

  • China beat Indonesia 3-1, reach Sudirman Cup final

    Dongguan: Except for men's doubles, China faced little challenges to defeat Indonesia 3-1 in the Sudirman Cup semi-finals on Saturday.Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii greet Yu Yang/Tang Yuanting after their match.

    Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii greet Yu Yang/Tang Yuanting after their match.

  • Sudirman Cup: China beat Thailand 5-0

    Dongguan: Tournament favorites China faced little challenge against Thailand on Tuesday by winning 5-0 to enter the quarter-finals at the Sudirman Cup.

    London Olympic champion Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng won the opening men's doubles over Bodin Issara/Pakkawat Vilailak, 14-21, 21-14, 21-19.So happy to see Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (left) playing side-by-side again.

    So happy to see Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng (left) playing side-by-side again.

  • Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong upset Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan at French Open

    Paris: Wednesday was a day of surprises at the French Open. Unseeded Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia who battled through qualifying rounds to make the main draw, sent the reigning Denmark Open champions and sixth seed Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan of China packing 21-19 9-21 21-19 in 48 minutes. Meanwhile, men's doubles top seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen managed to power past Fun Haifeng's longtime partner Cai Yun and his new partner Lu Kai 25-23 21-17.Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Fu Haifeng Zhang Nan are warming up before the match

    Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Fu Haifeng Zhang Nan are warming up before the match

  • Indonesia Open: China dominated the quarter-finals

    Jakarta: Badminton powerhouse China dominated the Indonesia Open quarter-finals on Friday, with four doubles and three singles pounding through to the semi-finals.Wang Shixian together with her boyfriend - Chen Long are both in the semi-finals of Indonesia Open

    Wang Shixian together with her boyfriend - Chen Long are both in the semi-finals of Indonesia Open

    Women's top seed Li Xuerui of China beat India's Saina Nehwal in a tight first game but proved the faster and more dexterous in the second, ending the game at 22-20, 21-15.

  • 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.

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