• Arvind Bhat loses in New Zealand Badminton Open Semifinals

    India's Arvind Bhat became one of the casualties in the New Zealand Badminton Open semi-final due to the unreasonable playing arrangements, where players played quarter-finals and semi-finals all in one day.Arvind Bhat loses in semi-finals of New Zealand Open badminton

    Arvind Bhat loses in semi-finals of New Zealand Open badminton

    The German Open champion lost to top-seeded Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals 21-14, 21-9 to Hsu in a 33-minute match.

  • New Zealand Badminton Open: Koo Kien Keat win one, lose one

    Auckland: In the second round of New Zealand Badminton Open mixed doubles, the brother-sister top seed Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis from New Zealand were knocked out of the mixed doubles event by Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Ng Hui Lin.Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis are the top mixed doubles from New Zealand

    Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis are the top mixed doubles from New Zealand
  • Lee Hyun Il flexes his muscles at New Zealand Open

    Former world number 1 Lee Hyun Il (Korea) still got game! He is coming back into top of badminton by climbing up the rankings gradually. While unseeded in Auckland, the Korean had proven he was too tough to handle as he dismantled Australian Cham Chen in straight games to cruise into the third round 21-10 21-15 at New Zealand Open.Lee Hyun Il still going strong at age 33

    Lee Hyun Il still going strong at age 33

  • World-class field on show for NZ Open (pic)

    Two former world No1 badminton players are in the field for next month's New Zealand Open at North Shore Events Centre.

    Throw in a former world No3 and the quality of the field will be just about the best seen in the country.Korea's Lee Hyun-il was fourth at the London Olympics in 2012.

    Korea's Lee Hyun-Il was the game's top-ranked male player midway through the 2000s. He was beaten in the semifinals at the 2008 Olympics and lost the bronze medal playoff in London two years ago.

    Indonesian Simon Santoso got as high as No3 on the ranking list. The 29-year-old has a string of international titles to his name.

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