• Wang Zhengming competes without big brother - Du Pengyu

    Copenhagen: While Wang Zhengming had an easy opening match on day one of World Championships by winning 21-15, 21-12 against Michal Rogalski of Poland in 34 minutes, he still missed those days where he was competing together with his big brother - Du Pengyu.Wang Zhengming (right) misses his big brother - Du Pengyu

    Wang Zhengming (right) misses his big brother - Du Pengyu


  • Du Pengyu is retiring from badminton

    Beijing: Although not officially confirmed as of yet, world number 8 Du Pengyu's last minute withdrawal from the World Championships, being excluded from the Chinese Asian Games squad, did not play in any tournaments after Thomas Cup Finals, and there were no reports of injuries related to him - all signs indicated that he is no longer an active member of the Chinese national badminton team.Du Pengyu, it's sad to see you go, wishing you all the best in your future endeavors

    Du Pengyu, it's sad to see you go, wishing you all the best in your future endeavors

  • Great Wall of China in World Championships

    Kuala Lumpur: What was Badminton World Federation (BWF) thinking by allowing four Chinese players to compete in the World Championships, Copenhagen this coming August? On Thursday, BWF has decided to allow Tian Houwei to play in the World Championships after Singaporean Ashton Chen withdrew from the competition.The fantastic four of China - Chen Long, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, Du Pengyu

    The fantastic four of China - Chen Long, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, Du Pengyu

    Other Chinese players who already qualified for the world meet are Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu.

  • Lin Dan can't play in World Championships? Not done deal just yet!

    Beijing: China is the superpower of badminton, they have solid depth of elite shuttlers that ranked in the top 100. These shuttlers provided China more versatility for designing a better line-up to target certain tournaments. Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet

    Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet
    And you are right, China is capable of pulling off another surprising twist in this year's World Championship by adding Lin Dan to its roster.

  • The Resurgence of Simon Santoso

    Indonesia’s former top men’s singles shuttler Simon Santoso produced an upset in Singapore Open by defeating world No. 7, Du Pengyu in rubber set: 16-21, 21-17, and 21-17. Simon turned professional in January 2014, in a bid to come out of his badminton career rut.Simon Santoso's performance has been very impressive after turning pro at Jan 2014.

    Simon has proven that it was indeed the right move for him when he captured the 2014 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title 3 weeks ago, and stormed into the finals of the Singapore Open.

  • Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long at India Open Finals

    Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will meet Chen Long from China in the Yonex Sunrise - India Open Super Series badminton championships on Sunday. This is their third clash this year.In the other semi-final, second seed Chen Long came through by the skin of his teeth with a titanic 21-15, 21-23, 21-19 win over a pumped-up Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in a 79-minute encounter.

    In the other semi-final, second seed Chen Long came through by the skin of his teeth with a titanic 21-15, 21-23, 21-19 win over a pumped-up Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in a 79-minute encounter.

    Lee Chong Wei had to work extra hard to defeat another Chinese player, Du Pengyu in a thrilling three set match 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 that lasted an hour 12 minutes.

  • Europeans to shine once more: Ouseph (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: England's Rajiv Ouseph believes that European singles players are slowly but surely catching up with their Asian counterparts.

    While Europe has always provided a strong challenge in the doubles events, it is the men’s singles that has always been lacking since the glory days of Denmark’s Peter Gade.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will be severely tested when he faces rising Japanese star Kento Momota in the second round.

    But Ouseph, who defeated Gade in the first round of the All-England two years ago, believes that the European men are definitely on their way back up once more.

    This was after the lanky 27-year-old fought to a superb win over China’s world No. 7 Du Pengyu in the first round of the All-England on Wednesday.

  • China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

    China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

    Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

  • Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

    But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

    His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

  • Chong Wei: I lost to a better player (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has promised to bounce back stronger at the Malaysian Open after failing to get off to a dream start in the season-opening Korean Open in Seoul.

    The 31-year-old shuttler went down 14-21, 15-21 to China’s Chen Long in Sunday’s 56-minute men’s singles final, thus crushing his hopes of winning the Korean Open for the fourth time.

    It was Chen Long’s eighth win over Chong Wei in 15 meetings – and his fourth consecutive victory over the Malaysian – in a period of 14 months.Lee Chong Wei reacts after losing a point to Chen Long of China in the men's singles final of the Korean Open on Sunday. The Malaysian world No.1 lost the match in straight sets.

    The powerful Chen Long, who is trying to fill in the shoes of five-time world champion Lin Dan, produced an efficient display to give himself an early 25th birthday present.

    Chen Long, who turns 25 on Jan 18, accelerated to a 7-0 first-game lead in just six minutes – showcasing his brilliance at the net and superb execution of smashes from the baseline.

  • Chong Wei’s ‘sick’ of being the go-to-guy (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has had enough of being the sole flag bearer for Malaysian badminton on the international scene.

    And on Friday, after reaching the men’s singles’ semi-finals of the Korean Open in Seoul, he issued a clarion call to all his team-mates – especially the younger ones – to wake up and step out of their comfort zone.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei bulldozed past a hapless Du Pengyu of China 21-9, 21-12 in just 35 minutes to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals on Saturday.

    He is the only Malaysian survivor in the season-opener after Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem went down with a whimper against top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

    The Malaysians lost 10-21, 9-21 in just 31 minutes.

    Two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei said that it was time everyone stopped depending on him, starting with the Korean Open.

  • Favourites cruise into Korean Open quarters (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: No new stars stole the show in the Korean Open on a day when two tournament favourites, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long of China, made it to the men’s singles quarter-finals in contrasting fashions.

    Top seed and defending champion Chong Wei stayed hot in a cold Seoul by disposing of Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 21-18 in the second round but second seed Chen Long dropped a game before making it through.

    All England champion Chen Long overcame a sluggish start to beat Takuma Euda of Japan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14.

    Today, Chong Wei will face a usual suspect – Du Pengyu of China, while Chen Long has set up a match against Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.

    National singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the season opener has given a sneak preview of what to expect in the men’s singles competition - probably for the rest of the season.

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