• China coach Li Yongbo plays down expectations at World Championships

    Beijing: The head coach of Chinese National Badminton Team, Li Yongbo has attempted to take the pressure off his players ahead of the World Championships, saying the Chinese badminton team does not set any hard targets at the World Championships that will be held in Jakarta from August 10 - August 16. It would not surprise him if some of the young Chinese players who will play their first ever World Championships could end up as world champions.Lin Dan has joined in training with the Chinese national team to prepare for the World Championships.

    Lin Dan has joined in training with the Chinese national team to prepare for the World Championships.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin maintain lead as world's No. 1 players

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long has widened his lead at No. 1 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings with his recent triumph at Chinese Taipei Open, now holding an additional 23,534 points advantage over the No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. As of July 30, 2015, Chen has been ranked world No. 1 men’s singles player for 32 consecutive weeks.Carolina Marin is working to recover in time for the World Championships.

    Carolina Marin is working to recover in time for the World Championships.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan could meet in World Championships semifinal

    Jakarta: The 2015 World Championships draw is out, Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei could meet for the first time in slightly less than a year in the semifinals. Lin Dan defeated Lee Chong Wei 22-20, 12-21, 21-9 in the semi-finals of 2014 Incheon Asian Games last September. Lin Dan, a five-time champion, and Lee Chong Wei, a former world No. 1, were drawn into the bottom half of the bracket.Lee Chong Wei (right) already exceeded alł expectations, so no pressure just go and enjoy it at the World Championships.

    Lee Chong Wei (right) already exceeded alł expectations, so no pressure just go and enjoy it at the World Championships.

  • Vivian Hoo & Woon Khe Wei only Malaysians seeded for World Championships

    Jakarta: Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei have been named No. 12 seed at this year’s World Championships that will be held in Jakarta from 10 - 16 August 2015.Wish Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei (left) good luck for the upcoming World Championships.

    Wish Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei (left) good luck for the upcoming World Championships.

  • 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)

  • Morten Frost praises Lee Chong Wei for fighting good fight

    Taipei: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost applauded the resilience of Lee Chong Wei after he came up short against world number one Chen Long in the Chinese Taipei Open quarter-finals on Friday.Lee Chong Wei needs something new, a new impulse, somebody who will take his badminton farther.

    Lee Chong Wei needs something new, a new impulse, somebody who will take his badminton farther.

  • Chinese Taipei Open: Chou Tien Chen beats Lin Dan to meet Chen Long in final

    Taipei: Local hope Chou Tien Chen has shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist No.4 seed Lin Dan of China to headline a big day of upsets in the semi-finals of Chinese Taipei Open on Saturday.

    Chou survived a three-set thriller to defeat Lin 21-19, 18-21, 21-16 in 77 minutes. Chou fought back from 14-18 deficit, and managed to seal the winning point in the first set after he caught Lin Dan off guard by luckily rolling the shuttlecock across the top of the net to Lin Dan's side. Lin Dan then reclaimed the second set with 21-18. Chou took a commanding 13-3 lead over the Chinese in the decider, but Lin Dan fought back superbly, closing on Chou with 16-17. The Taiwanese recomposed himself to reel off the next four points to cruise to victory.Chou Tien Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player to defeat Lin Dan. (photo: AP)

    Chou Tien Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player to defeat Lin Dan. (photo: AP)

  • Lee Chong Wei loses quarter-final to Chen Long at Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Badminton fans hoping to watch one of the most storied badminton challenges of all-time: The Lee Chong Wei - Lin Dan rivalry, may well have to wait until the World Championships in August, after Lee Chong Wei suffered a hard-fought 21-17, 20-22, 13-21 loss to world No. 1 Chen Long in the quarter-final of Chinese Taipei Open on Friday. Chen improved his head-to-head record against Lee to 11-9 after the victory.Lee Chong Wei's defeat to Chen Long (left) could be a good thing as he gets ready for the World Championships. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei's defeat to Chen Long (left) could be a good thing as he gets ready for the World Championships. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei books quarter-final clash with Chen Long at Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei will face off in a Friday quarter-final against world No. 1 Chen Long, whom he lost to in last year's World Championship final at Copenhagen.

    In his first match on Thursday, the unseeded Lee Chong Wei produced a solid performance against tenth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia by winning the first set with 21-12. While Lee trailed for most of the second set, he picked up his game when it mattered, rallying from 13-18 down to reel off the next 8 points to survive the stirring challenge from Sugiarto.Lee Chong Wei has a tough task against Chen Long in the Chinese Taipei quarter-final. (photo: Getty)

    Lee Chong Wei has a tough task against Chen Long in the Chinese Taipei quarter-final. (photo: Getty)

  • Chinese Taipei Open: Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong cruise into 2nd round

    Taipei: Malaysian shuttlers Lee Chong Wei, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, and Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei made a winning start to their campaigns at the $200,000 Yonex Open Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold tournament on Wednesday by entering the second rounds of their respective categories.Lee Chong Wei speaks with media after his first match at the 2015 Chinese Taipei Open. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei speaks with media after his first match at the 2015 Chinese Taipei Open. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Chen Long among the big-names at Chinese Taipei Open

    Taiwan: After claiming back-to-back titles in both US Open and Canada Open recently, and after welcoming his newborn son last week, badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will again be the sentimental favourite when the main draw of Chinese Taipei Open gets under way on Wednesday. Unlike his recent two tournaments at North America, Lee could face world No. 1 Chen Long of China in quarter-finals, and could possibly set up a mouthwatering final clash with his nemesis Lin Dan in the final.Lee Chong Wei speaks to the media during a press conference at Chinese Taipei Open on Tuesday. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei speaks to the media during a press conference at Chinese Taipei Open on Tuesday. (photo: Reuters)

  • BWF Rankings: Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong jump 20 places to 73rd

    Kuala Lumpur: After clinching the USD 15,000 ´White Nights 2015´ International Challenge last week, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (a.k.a the diamond pair) continued their upward trajectory to rise at world No. 73 in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday.Hope Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong could maintain their upward momentum until Rio 2016.

    Hope Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong could maintain their upward momentum until Rio 2016.

  • Lee Chong Wei in US Open quarters, ready for world championships

    Jakarta: It seems pretty clear that this year's BWF World Championships that will be held in Jakarta from 10-16 August 2015, would produce some greatest badminton match ever played.

    All top-eight shuttlers in the world of both men's singles and women's singles will compete in Jakarta, as they all know that everyone in the world is watching them and the world meet is a great chance to improve their rankings and reputation, whilst at the same time playing at a celebrated event.Badminton fans want to see the famous rivalry between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan at this year's world championships.

    Badminton fans want to see the famous rivalry between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan at this year's world championships.

  • Lee Chong Wei slips to 180th in world badminton rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Former world number one shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei's ranking had taken a sharp nose dive in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. Chong Wei fell 101 spots to world No. 180. However, he is expected to rise up in the rankings starting next week.Lee Chong Wei should find his ranking to start increasing gradually.

    Lee Chong Wei should find his ranking to start increasing gradually.

  • Parupalli Kashyap stuns Chen Long to enter Indonesia Open semis, Saina Nehwal ousted

    Jakarta: Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap rallied to shock world No. 1 Chen Long, continuing his giant-killing spree to enter the men's singles semifinals of the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament on Friday.Chen Long was sent packing by Parupalli Kashyap in the quarters of Indonesia Open.

    Chen Long was sent packing by Parupalli Kashyap in the quarters of Indonesia Open.

  • Chen Long in quarters, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong ousted from Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: As one of the qualifying tournaments for next year’s Rio Olympics, this week’s BCA Indonesia Open has been more competitive than its previous editions.Mohammad Ahsan (back) and Hendra Setiawan are hoping for a good result at Indonesia Open

    Mohammad Ahsan (back) and Hendra Setiawan are hoping for a good result at Indonesia Open

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin win Australian Open

    Sydney:   World No. 1 Chen Long of China came through a thrilling three-set victory over dark horse Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-12, 14-21, 21-18 to win the Australian Open men's singles title on Sunday.Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

    Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin in Australian Open final

    Sydney: As expected, world No. 1 Chen Long advanced to the final of Australian Open by defeating compatriot Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-finals on Saturday. Chen Long was tested at the beginning of first set when he was trailing 2-8. Chen recomposed himself  and started to find his rhythm to level the score at 8-8. He then managed to climb his way back to clinch the first set with 21-14. Chen Long has pretty much dominated the second set, saw off a tough fight from fellow teammate Tian Houwei 21-19 to book his place in the final.Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

    Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong earn respect despite loss in Australian Open

    Sydney: Former world No. 1 men's pair from Malaysia Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong's quest for the Australian Open title came to a halt on Friday after they lost to 6th seeds Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan of China.Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong should continue working on strengthening their power, speed, agility, quickness and stamina. (Photo: Tan Boon Heong's FB)

    Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong should continue working on strengthening their power, speed, agility, quickness and stamina. (Photo: Tan Boon Heong's FB)

  • 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.

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