• Lee Chong Wei,Li Xuerui win Japan Open titles

    Tokyo: Malaysian badminton super star Lee Chong Wei won his fifth Japan Open title after beating Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-14, 21-12 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.

    Lee Chong Wei is the most successful badminton players on Japanese soil by winning 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Japan Open titles.

    Playing with an unusually aggressive flair, Lee Chong Wei led the first game all the way with a cushion of up to eight points. Chong Wei scored the 21th point in the first set after eighth-seeded Hu returned a high lob into the net.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei reaches final

    Tokyo: World number one is now one victory away from becoming the first man to win five Japan Open titles.Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei extended his mastery over Kenichi Tago as he stopped the Japanese 21-15, 21-17 in a dominant semi-final win lasting 47 minutes. Chong Wei will play the "giant slayer" of the tournament, Hu Yun from Hong Kong. Hu Yun had played some of the most thrilling badminton of the tournament to beat world number two, Chen Long in the quarter final, and world number three Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-13, 19-21, 21-15 in a 62-minute semi-final match. On Sunday, Chong Wei needs to watch out for Hu Yun as the way Hu is playing, he is capable of knocking off the defending champ in the final.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei prevails on day full of upsets

    Tokyo: On a day full of upsets in Japan Open quarter finals, world number one Lee Chong Wei managed to avoid an upset bid from Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia by closing it out 21-15, 12-21, 21-17 in 62-minute. Chong Wei will set up a mouth-watering clash with Kenichi Tago who is on a revenge mission, having whitewashed by Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup final last month.Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    On the other hand, luck was not on China's side in the quarter final of Japan Open, where two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was toppled by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 19-21, 21-13, 16-21; and Chen Long was crushed by Hu Yun of Hong Kong 18-21, 21-19, 15-21.

  • Japan Open: Mixed results for Malaysian in the second round

    Tokyo: In the second round of Japan Open badminton championships, the defending champion world number 1 Lee Chong Wei won the first set against Marc Zwiebler of Germany easily with 21-13, but was forced to work hard as the resilient German stretched Chong Wei to 28-26 in the second set before conceded defeat. Chong Wei will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the quarter-finals tomorrow.Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    According to Lee Chong Wei's coach Tey Seu Bock, shuttle slowness caused the game to be very slow tempo, thus allowing the opponent to have more time to react to Chong Wei's attacks.

  • Japan Open: Malaysian gets off to a good start

    Tokyo: In the first round of Japan Open, Malaysia's scratch pair Tan Boon Heong and Goh V Shem created the biggest upset of the day by trashing third seeds, Japanese Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-13 and 21-11. This would be a very sweet revenge for Boon Heong mainly due to him and Hoon Thien How suffered a heart-breaking lost to the Japanese pair at the Thomas Cup final last month.Boon Heong defeats Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa for sweet revenge

    Boon Heong defeats Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa for sweet revenge

    In another demonstration of the resilience and never-say-die spirit by Chong Wei Feng, he came from behind and won a hard fought battle against sixth seed Son Wan-ho 15-21, 21-17 and 21-15 in a 67 minutes match. Hope Wei Feng could continue this mentality when he square-off against Lin Dan tomorrow, who defeated his compatriot Xue Song 21-15, 21-18 in the first round of Japan Open.

  • Japan Open: Super Dan survives scare, Daren Liew's comeback falters

    Tokyo: On Tuesday, two time Olympics gold medalist, Lin Dan had a scare in his first qualifying match when he lost the first set to Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 12-21, before fighting hard in second set to fend off Sakai's late comeback with 21-19 win, and eventually took the third set 21-7.Japan Open: Lin Dan will play Xue Song who are also from China on Wednesday.

    Japan Open: Lin Dan will play Xue Song who are also from China on Wednesday.

    In a different match, Daren Liew started his first qualifying round smoothly by beating France’s Thomas Rouxel 21-17, 21-18 in 33 minutes.

  • Japan Open: Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup lost

    Kuala Lumpur: Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren who lost to their Japanese opponents in the Thomas Cup final, are ready to bounce back in the Japan Open that starts June 10.Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    In the Thomas Cup final, Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How lost to Kenichi Hayakama/Hiroyuki Endo 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 of Japan after winning the first game. Wei Feng was tamed by 19-year-old Kento Momota, and Daren Liew was knocked off by Takuma Ueda in heartbreaking fashion as Malaysia lost to Japan 3-2.

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