• Akane Yamaguchi tops Nozomi Okuhara, advances to Japan Open semis

    Tokyo: In a rematch of last year's Japan Open women's singles final and the 2016 Rio Olympic women's singles quarterfinal, No. 6 seed Akane Yamaguchi played with killer drop shots and strong smashes, scored 13 straight points from 7-10 down to clinch the first set 21-11 against compatriot No. 2 seed Nozomi Okuhara on Friday.Akane Yamaguchi (right) greets Nozomi Okuhara after their match. (photo: AFP)

    Akane Yamaguchi (right) greets Nozomi Okuhara after their match. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei marches into Japan Open quarters

    Tokyo: World No. 1 men's singles superstar Lee Chong Wei breezed into the Japan Open quarter-finals with a quick demolition of Chinese player Qiao Bin 21-8, 21-16 on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei to play Shi Yuqi of China in the 2016 Japan Open quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei to play Shi Yuqi of China in the 2016 Japan Open quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei tops men's world rankings ahead of the Japan Open

    Kuala Lumpur: There was only one slight change in the top 10 Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings over the past week, with World No. 10 Kidambi Srikanth fell to No. 13th, hence allowing Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark to move up one spot from No. 11 to No. 10.Lee Chong Wei tastes a piece of 'Moon Cake' during the mid-autumn festival. (photo: Sinchew)

    Lee Chong Wei tastes a piece of 'Moon Cake' during the mid-autumn festival. (photo: Sinchew)

  • Rio 2016: P.V Sindhu cruises to set up final showdown with Carolina Marin

    Rio de Janeiro: India's No. 9 seed P.V Sindhu continued her Cinderella run at the Rio Olympics semi-finals, beating No. 6 seed Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 on Thursday to guarantee of at least a silver medal for India.Wish P.V Sindhu best of luck in the women's singles final at Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

    Wish P.V Sindhu best of luck in the women's singles final at Rio Olympics. (photo: AFP)

  • Carolina Marin & Li Xuerui fall in same half of the 2016 Olympic draw

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 women's singles player Carolina Marin and the Olympic defending champion Li Xuerui have fallen into the same half of the 2016 Rio Olympic draw.Women's singles draw for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (photo: BWF)

    Women's singles draw for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (photo: BWF)

  • 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.

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