• Historic ranking milestone for Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan

    Kuala Lumpur: It's getting hard to keep track of all the mixed doubles titles Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan have piled up. In addition to their consistently top results in mixed doubles, the pair reached another milestone as they've earned 102,935 ranking points in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday, 20,223 points more than Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia who were ranked world No. 2. Xu Chen/Ma Jin, Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin, and Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen occupied the No.3, No. 4 and No. 5 place in mixed doubles respectively.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

    Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

  • Viktor Axelsen, Lin Dan on Denmark Open collision course

    Odense: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is in the same quarter of the Denmark Open draw as Chinese badminton legend Lin Dan. The Dane could potentially face the two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in the quarter-finals at the Denmark Open that will be held from Oct 13 to Oct 18.Viktor Axelsen is the only shuttler that can constantly put up a hard fight against Lin Dan and Chen Long in 2015.

    Viktor Axelsen is the only shuttler that can constantly put up a hard fight against Lin Dan and Chen Long in 2015.

  • Denmark Open: Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Lin Dan in the same half

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2015 Denmark Open men’s singles draw was announced on Tuesday, and it has thrown up some curveballs for the top players.

    Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, current World No. 1 Chen Long and two times Olympic Champion Lin Dan were placed in the same half of the Denmark Open draw.Lin Dan has made a steady rise in BWF world ranking to world No. 3.

    Lin Dan has made a steady rise in BWF world ranking to world No. 3.

  • Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong advance, Lin Dan exits Korea Open

    Seoul: Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were in sizzling forms when they dashed past No. 5 seeds Chai Biao/Hong Wei of China 21-14, 21-12 to glide into the quarter-finals of Korea Open on Thursday. However, a stern test awaits them in the quarter-finals, as the Malaysians are going to face fourth seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan next.Son Wan Ho upsets Lin Dan at Korea Open. (photo: BWF)

    Son Wan Ho upsets Lin Dan at Korea Open. (photo: BWF)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong coast through 1st round at Korea Open

    Seoul: World No. 55 men's doubles Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong had it easy Wednesday afternoon in their opening match of the Korea Open.

    The former World No. 1 pair from Malaysia raced to a 21-16, 21-10 finish over world No. 19 Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge of England in just 37 minutes in front of very small crowds at SK Handball Stadium in Seoul.Wish Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong shine like Diamonds on Thursday.

    Wish Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong shine like Diamonds on Thursday.

  • Korea Open to kick off with Lee Chong Wei playing at qualifying round

    Seoul: The Victor Korea Open Badminton Championships will see quite a few stars when the total USD $600,000 prize money event kicks off the qualifying and mixed doubles first round in Seoul on Tuesday. Qualifiers who reach third round of qualifying will automatically be included in the main draw. Most of the Korea Open main-draw matches will start on September 16, finish on September 20.The men's draw at Korea Open would buy Lee Chong Wei some breathing room compare to Japan Open.

    The men's draw at Korea Open would buy Lee Chong Wei some breathing room compare to Japan Open.

  • Lin Dan overcomes Viktor Axelsen to win Japan Open

    Tokyo: Lin Dan of China has once again proved his reputation as "Super Dan" after he earned a hard fought three-set battle against 21-year-old Viktor Axelsen in the Japan Open final on Sunday.

    Lin Dan got off to a slow start in the first set in which he trailed 3-8 against Viktor Axelsen at one point. Lin then overcame some sloppy errors to eventually win the first set 21-19.Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

    Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

  • 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)

  • Japan Open: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, Carolina Marin ousted

    Tokyo: Lin Dan and Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong were winners but reigning world champions in both men's doubles and women’s singles - Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan and Carolina Marin were beaten in a day of upsets in the quarter-finals at the Japan Open on Friday.

    No. 5 seed Lin Dan of China who defeated Lee Chong Wei two days ago, handily defeated Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-18 in 59 minutes in the men's singles quarter-finals. Lin will clash with Tommy Sugiarto in the semi-finals. Indonesian Sugiarto needing less than 33 minutes to declare a 21-10, 21-5 victory over compatriot Ihsan Maulana Mustofa at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (left) should increase their stability. (photo: PBSI)

    Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (left) should increase their stability. (photo: PBSI)

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei's loss to Lin Dan not devastating

    Tokyo: Even though a lot of badminton fans were hoping Lee Chong Wei could beat Lin Dan in the second round of Japan Open, but the cold reality is that Lin Dan who was not in the prime of his career, could still deliver a fatal blow to Lee by winning 25th time in their 34 meetings on Thursday.Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei walking into the court to get ready for their match on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei walking into the court to get ready for their match on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei sets up 2nd round clash with Lin Dan

    Tokyo: Wednesday afternoon Lee Chong Wei survived a tougher than expected fight from Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand by a 10-21, 21-15, 21-16 score line to advance to the second round of Japan Open.Lee Chong Wei sets up a blockbuster 2nd round match against Lin Dan at Japan Open.

    Lee Chong Wei sets up a blockbuster 2nd round match against Lin Dan at Japan Open.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei advances into main draw

    Tokyo: Unseeded Lee Chong Wei who launched bid for his unprecedented sixth Japan Open title got his campaign off to a winning start with two straight-sets victories on Tuesday.Lee Chong Wei will face tough test in the 2nd round against Lin Dan and potential quarter-finals clash with Chen Long at Japan Open. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei will face tough test in the 2nd round against Lin Dan and potential quarter-finals clash with Chen Long at Japan Open. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lin Dan eyeing a third gold medal at 2016 Rio Olympics

    Rio De Janeiro:In an exclusive interview with Rio2016.com published on Wednesday, Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan talked about his quest for a third--consecutive title at Rio Olympics.

    "I am training hard to prepare for Rio - the Olympics is our main focus now - but I don't want to think too much at this moment about what I might achieve there," Lin said.Lin Dan refuses to give up on winning his third straight Olympic gold.

    Lin Dan refuses to give up on winning his third straight Olympic gold.

  • Lin Dan putting celebrity lifestyle on hold to focus on badminton

    Beijing: 2015 has been a dismal year for Lin Dan, a.k.a the greatest men's singles player to ever played the sport of badminton. He began his 2015 campaign reaching the semifinals of All England, he lost to Tommy Sugiarto in the quarter-finals of India Open, lost to Chen Long in Malaysia Open final, was consecutively eliminated in the first round of Australian Open Superseries and Indonesia Open Superseries Premier, and lost to Jan Jorgensen in the quarter-finals of World Championships.Lin Dan looks cool in sunglasses which carry his name.

    Lin Dan looks cool in sunglasses which carry his name.

  • 2015 Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei gets a tough draw

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2015 Japan Open men’s singles draw was announced on August 18, and it has thrown up some curveballs for defending champion Lee Chong Wei.Lin Dan, Chen Long await Lee Chong Wei at Japan Open.(photo: Reuters)

    Lin Dan, Chen Long await Lee Chong Wei at Japan Open.(photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, Peter Gade join Yonex the Legends' Vision in Jakarta

    Jakarta: Three of badminton's great legends Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, Peter Gade gathered in Jakarta on Monday for the second event of the Legends’ Global Tour, helping to raise awareness for the sport of badminton across the globe.

    "While badminton has been a popular sport many Asian and European countries, I hope the sport can become popular in virtually every corner of the world," said the 2004 Olympic Games gold-medalist Taufik Hidayat.Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, and Peter Gade (from left) are pleased and proud to announce the launch of Yonex the Legends' Vision in Jakarta. (photo: Vitalis Yogi Trisna)

    Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat, and Peter Gade (from left) are pleased and proud to announce the launch of Yonex the Legends' Vision in Jakarta. (photo: Vitalis Yogi Trisna)

  • Lee Chong Wei & Chen Long progress, Lin Dan crashes out at World Championships

    Jakarta: One day after the tough challenge from Wang Zhengming on his World Championships campaign, Lee Chong Wei surged into the semi-finals in Jakarta on Friday after brushing aside Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-18 in the men's singles quarter-finals that lasted 35 minutes. Lee will face Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-finals.Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long advance into World Championships quarters

    Jakarta: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei came into Thursday afternoon's men's singles third round at the World Championships on a 13-match win streak against his opponent, No. 8 seed Wang Zhengming of China. In the end it was Lee who extended his streak over Wang to 14 matches, beating the Chinese 21-17, 21-19 to advance to the quarter-finals, where he will play Hu Yun who defeated No. 3 seed Kidambi Srikanth in the men's singles third round on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

  • Chen Long set to defend world title

    Jakarta: Defending champion Chen Long heads into next week's badminton world championships in Indonesia as firm favourite, but faces a challenge from a gutsy Datuk Lee Chong Wei who has come back strong after a recent doping ban.

    Chen, 26, is in superb form having swept four titles this year and enters the Jakarta tournament a convincing top seed, with Danish star Jan O Jorgensen a distant second.Chen Long enters this year's world championships as the favorite.

    Chen Long enters this year's world championships as the favorite.

  • Lee Chong Wei heads to Jakarta with boosted confidence

    Kuala Lumpur:  With four days to go before the start of the 2015 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is feeling confident heading into Jakarta, Indonesia.

    "Unlike past years, this year is very different for me, because I am not seeded in the tournament. There is no pressure on me, and I am looking forward to great matches at the world meet," said Chong Wei.Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

    Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

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