• 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)

  • Lin Dan eases into Singapore Open quarters

    Singapore: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was near flawless as he marched into the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan.

    The 19-year-old Jonatan offered little resistance to Lin, went down to the Chinese badminton superstar 13-21 in the first set.

    Lin looked untroubled when he concluded his straight-set victory by winning his second set 21-7. The No. 2 seed Lin Dan will take on No. 8 seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto on Friday.Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lin Dan jumps to No. 2, while Nozomi Okuhara rises to 3rd in BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning back to back German Open and All England titles in last two weeks, Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan overtook Lee Chong Wei and Kento Momota as he climbed up to World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that was released on Thursday.An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

    An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

  • Nozomi Okuhara, Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov win All England

    Birmingham: Nothing could be better than winning an All England title to top her birthday celebration when Nozomi Okuhara fought back from a set down against two-time champion Wang Shixian of China 21-11, 16-21, 21-19 to win the thrilling women's singles final on Sunday.Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

    Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

  • Lin Dan reaches All England finals, four No. 1 seeds ousted in semis

    Birmingham: On a day of upsets in the All England semi-finals on Saturday, two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan showed why he has been regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time when he put up a flawless show in last two sets to fend off the fight back from his junior Xue Song to reach the final.Lin Dan and Xue Song in the All England semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan and Xue Song in the All England semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Lin Dan to meet Chou Tien Chen in German Open final

    Mulheim: World No. 5 Lin Dan will face Chou Tien Chen in a German Open final for the first time on Sunday at Mulheim, Germany.

    The two time Olympic Champion Lin Dan held off the challenge from Son Wan Ho of Korea, winning 21-12, 21-13 to reach the German Open final on Saturday.Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

    Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

  • Lin Dan, Jan O Jorgensen reach German Open semifinals

    Mulheim: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China and Denmark’s Jan Ø. Jørgensen stayed on course for the men's singles final clash after they both advanced to the men's singles semi-finals at German Open on Friday."Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

    "Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

  • Kento Momota, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win World Superseries Finals

    Dubai: No. 2 seed Kento Momota brought Viktor Axelsen's great run at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals to an end by clinching the men's singles title in Dubai on Sunday.Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

    Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

  • BWF Superseries Finals: Viktor Axelsen beats Chen Long, finally!

    Dubai: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark finally broke the Chen Long curse on Saturday, beating the World No. 1 Chen Long for the first time in eight tries in the BWF Superseries Finals semi-finals.Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

    Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

  • Return of the King: Lee Chong Wei captures Hong Kong Open (video)

    Hong Kong: No one imagined he would, or could ever return to his athletic endeavor after spending eight months away from badminton court. Yet, with heart and soul made of steel, Lee Chong Wei defied all the odds, kept on fighting and created an inspiring comeback and re-established himself as true champion in the sport of badminton.Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

    Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

  • Nozomi Okuhara shocks off-key Li Xuerui at Hong Kong Open

    Hong Kong: World No. 10 women's singles player Nozomi Okuhara made an extraordinary run in the first round of Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open on Wednesday as she pulled off a massive upset to dismiss Olympic gold medalist and last week's China Open champion Li Xuerui of China 21-19, 21-9 in 34 minutes.Nozomi Okuhara's post match interview with a journalist. (photo: EPA)

    Nozomi Okuhara's post match interview with a journalist. (photo: EPA)

  • Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei emerge sole Malaysian survivors at Bitburger Open

    Saarbrucken: Malaysia's women's doubles pair Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei became the country’s sole survivor in the quarter-finals of Bitburger Open as two others crashed out of the tournament.

    Having lost the opener 16-21, the world No. 10 pair of Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei hit back to take the second 21-16, before pulling off a hard-fought victory in rubber-set, winning the third set 21-9 following an enthralling 57 minutes contest.Best of luck to Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei in Bitburger semis.

    Best of luck to Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei in Bitburger semis.

  • Viktor Axelsen ready to clash against Lin Dan in Japan Open final

    Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen advanced to the final of Japan Open Superseries on Saturday after he defeated No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-19, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

    The Japan Open final is also Axelsen’s fourth career Superseries final.Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

    Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to lift US Open title

    New York: Former world No. 1 men's singles shuttler, Datuk Lee Chong Wei finally claimed his first Open tournament title in slightly over a year on Sunday.Winning US Open is the best father's day gift for Lee Chong Wei.

    Winning US Open is the best father's day gift for Lee Chong Wei.

  • Lee Chong Wei to meet Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in US Open final

    New York: Lee Chong Wei stayed on course for his US Open title after comfortably brushing aside B. Sai Praneeth of India 21-9, 21-17 in Saturday's semifinals.Wish Lee Chong Wei the best of luck in the US Open final.

    Wish Lee Chong Wei the best of luck in the US Open final.

  • Japan ousts Korea 3-2, to play China in Sudirman Cup final

    Dongguan: In a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Saturday, after Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara unexpectedly won an one-sided mixed doubles match against world No. 8 Kim Ha Na/Ko Sung Hyun 21-14, 21-15 in 37 minutes, Japan eliminated 3-time Sudirman Cup champion South Korea 3-2 in the semi-finals, clinching a final berth to clash against China on Sunday.Yoo Yeon-Seong/Lee Yong-Dae (right) have a lot of fans in Dongguan, China

    Yoo Yeon-Seong/Lee Yong-Dae (right) have a lot of fans in Dongguan, China

  • Lee Hyun-il, Nozomi Okuhara win Malaysia Masters

    Kuching: After winning the Thailand International Challenge title in Bangkok last week, the 34-year-old Korean veteran Lee Hyun-il put himself on top of the podium again on Sunday when he defeated compatriot Jeon Hyeok Jin in the men's singles final to clinch the 2015 Malaysia Masters title.

    Lee who ranked 38th in the world, lost in the first set 19-21. He was showing few signs of age as he played a much faster game in second set by winning 21-13 to force a decider. Lee’s experience and immense speed came to the fore in the rubber game, knocking off his younger opponent 21-15 to take the men's title together with prize money US$9,000.Lee Hyun-il beats compatriot  beat compatriot Jeon Hyeok-jin to win the men's singles title in the Malaysian Masters (Photo: Bernama)

    Lee Hyun-il beats compatriot beat compatriot Jeon Hyeok-jin to win the men's singles title in the Malaysian Masters (Photo: Bernama)

  • Son Wan-ho overtakes no. 1 Chen Long with Hong Kong triumph

    Hong Kong: After Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia handed him the first round exit at last week's China Open, a rejuvenated Son Wan-ho of Korea came roaring out of the gates in the men's singles final to beat world champion Chen Long of China 21-19, 21-16 for the Hong Kong Open title on Sunday.Chen Long (yellow shirt) stands on theh podium with Son Wan-ho

    Chen Long (yellow shirt) stands on theh podium with Son Wan-ho

  • Nozomi Okuhara upsets Carolina Marin in Hong Kong semis

    Hong Kong: Nozomi Okuhara stunned Carolina Marin to book a clash with Tai Tzu-ying in the women's final of the BWF Hong Kong Open.

    Japan's Okuhara overcame the world and European champion 21-13 21-9 in a dominant display, and she will now meet sixth seed Tai in Sunday's showdown.At the age of 16, Nozomi Okuhara, became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the All Japan Badminton Championships in 2011

    At the age of 16, Nozomi Okuhara, became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the All Japan Badminton Championships in 2011

  • New Zealand Badminton Open finals takeaways: Upsets, joys and disappointments

    Auckland: The New Zealand Badminton Open tournament had several upsets and thrilling games that made for a nail-biting last day of action.

    The first upset was created by Taiwan's sixth seed, Wang Tzu Wei who defeated his top-seeded compatriot Hsu Jen Hao to take the men's singles title 21-9 21-13.Renuga Veeran/Rosie Tang (AUS) claim doubles crown in Auckland by defeating Mami Naito/Shizuka Matsuo (JPN) 21-13, 10-21, 21-18

    Renuga Veeran/Rosie Tang (AUS) claim doubles crown in Auckland by defeating Mami Naito/Shizuka Matsuo (JPN) 21-13, 10-21, 21-18

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