• Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Lee Hyun-il, Ratchanok Intanon advance at Thailand Masters

    Bangkok: Predictably, Malaysian World No. 38 men's singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli made safe passage through to the third round of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Badminton Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday.Ratchanok Intanon is the overwhelming favorite in women's singles at Thailand GPG. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon is the overwhelming favorite in women's singles at Thailand GPG. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Carolina Marin pulls out but Saina Nehwal begins new season at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold

    New Delhi: World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain who was the runner-up at last year's Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, have decided to pull out of the Grand Prix Gold tournament.Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin make a great rivalry in women's singles.

    Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin make a great rivalry in women's singles.

  • Chen Long wraps up a strong 2015 season at World No. 1

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long who capped a remarkable season by winning 8 titles in 2015, finished the year atop the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings with 96,931 ranking points.Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong battle into Thailand Open final

    Bangkok: Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong stormed into Thailand Open finals Saturday with a 21-19, 17-21, 21-16 win over 2015 SEA Games champions and No. 2 seeds Angga Pratama/Ricky Karanda Suwardi of Indonesia in a grueling contest that lasted 52 minutes.Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat still going strong at Thailand Open.(photo: Granular)

    Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat still going strong at Thailand Open.(photo: Granular)

  • 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.

  • Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho, P.V Sindhu stun big names

    Jakarta: SEA Games champions Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Championships history when the Malaysian pair defeated top seeds and world number one pair Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan, 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta on Thursday.Good luck to Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho in the quarters. (photo: Goh Thean Howe)

    Good luck to Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho in the quarters. (photo: Goh Thean Howe)

  • 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)

  • Ratchanok Intanon leads Thailand to retain women's team gold at SEA Games

    Singapore: Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon made a successful cameo appearance at the Southeast Asian Games on Friday, the world number five leading from the front in a crushing 3-0 victory over Malaysia in the women's team badminton final. With the victory, Thailand successfully retained their title from the 2011 edition. Team events were not contested at the last Games in Myanmar in 2013.Ratchanok Intanon brings back the gold for Thai women at SEA Games.

    Ratchanok Intanon brings back the gold for Thai women at SEA Games.

  • Ratchanok Intanon - One of the hottest athletes at SEA Games

    Singapore: We watch sports for the thrill, excitement, and passion we feel for our favorite teams.

    But let's face it: Sex appeal is a huge part of which athletes and sports we end up following.Ratchanok Intanon, Joseph Schooling, Sasha Christian, Max Ducourneau (from left) are the sexiest athletes in the 28th SEA Games.

    Ratchanok Intanon, Joseph Schooling, Sasha Christian, Max Ducourneau (from left) are the sexiest athletes in the 28th SEA Games.

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota upstaged Denmark's defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen in the men's singles final, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon clinched the women's singles title at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

    Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

  • Lin Dan, Intanon Ratchanok win Badminton Asia Championships

    Wuhan: The five-time world champion and twice Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan of China successfully defending the Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday. Lin defeated compatriot Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-8 in 50 minutes to retain the title he won last year in South Korea.Lin Dan (right) beats Tian Houwei to win his fourth Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday.

    Lin Dan (right) beats Tian Houwei to win his fourth Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday.

  • Lin Dan & Setiawan/Ahsan in Asia Championships final, Chen Long grants walkover

    Wuhan: No.2 seed Lin Dan was on course to defend the men's singles crown when he needed 49 minutes to defeat No.7 seed - last week's China Masters champion Wang Zhengming in straight sets 21-14, 21-17 in the semi-finals on Saturday to advance into the final of the Badminton Asia Championships.Lin Dan is on course to defend the Badminton Asia Championships title

    Lin Dan is on course to defend the Badminton Asia Championships title

  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth win maiden India Open Super Series

    New Delhi: Sunday was a huge day for Indian badminton where their home shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective India Open Super Series titles in front of a capacity home crowd in New Delhi.

    Saina Nehwal who became the first Indian women shuttler to ever achieve world number one ranking, got the better off former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand by winning 21-16 21-14 in 49 minutes.Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

  • Jaya Raya Jakarta win Djarum Superliga women's title

    Bali: With the addition of youngest world champion Ratchanok Intanon and Busanan Ongbumrungpan of Thailand to its lineup, Jaya Raya Jakarta women's team beat Renesas Japan 3-1 to win their third Djarum Superliga title on Saturday.Congratulations to Jaya Raya Jakarta women's team for winning their third Djarum Superliga title (photo: PBSI)

    Congratulations to Jaya Raya Jakarta women's team for winning their third Djarum Superliga title (photo: PBSI)

  • Chen Long, Ratchanok Intanon ready for Dubai World Superseries Finals

    Dubai: In the absence of Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long of China took over the top spot in the official BWF Destination Dubai Rankings with 68,260 points this season, earning the right to lead a field that also includes Jan O Jorgensen, Son Wan Ho, Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago, K Srikanth, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Tommy Sugiarto.Chen Long is top favorite in the Dubai World Superseries Finals

    Chen Long is top favorite in the Dubai World Superseries Finals

  • Thailand upset Indonesia to win Axiata Cup

    Kuala Lumpur: Thailand needed only a 2-2 draw to edge past Indonesia at the Axiata Cup final on Sunday and to pocket prize money of USD400, 000 (RM1.2 million).

    Both teams were tied at 2-2 for matches won and 4-4 on games won at the end of the tie. Based on the Axiata Cup tournament format, if the overall score is tied at 2-2, team that wins more points will win the cup. After all the scores were tallied, Thailand defeated Indonesia by a mere two points, 140-138.The 2014 Axiata Cup Champion - Thailand

    The 2014 Axiata Cup Champion - Thailand

  • Axiata Cup: Thailand oust Malaysia 3-1

    Jakarta: After being vanquished by Indonesia in humiliating fashion at the Axiata Cup on Saturday, Malaysia were forced to adjust their rotation and get contributions from other players.

    Daren Liew who replaced Chong Wei Feng in the men's singles event, came out of the gate firing, blasted past Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-18, 21-9 in just 31 minutes.Daren Liew plays can a fast paced badminton against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk

    Daren Liew plays can a fast paced badminton against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk

  • Indonesia Open Final Results

    Jakarta: On Sunday, Denmark's Jan O. Jorgensen defeated Kenichi Tago to win the men’s singles title.

    In the women's singles final, world number one Li Xuerui of China defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-13, 21-13 in 37 minutes to win the title.Lee Yong dae- Yoo Yeon-seong has become the dominant force in men's doubles

    Lee Yong dae- Yoo Yeon-seong has become the dominant force in men's doubles

  • Lee Chong Wei wins 2013 BWF Male Player of the Year

    New Delhi: Lee Chong Wei was named the BWF Male Player of the Year for 2013 for his remarkable performances in 2013 by winning 6 superseries tournaments and the Super Series Masters Finals; he was also the runner-up in the World Championships in Guangzhou last year. Other BWF Male Player of the Year 2013 nominees were Lin Dan and Chen Long of China, the doubles duo Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia; and Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae of South Korea.Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

    Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

  • Uber Cup - India trumps Thailand 3-2

    New Delhi: Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu guided India through tough challenge from Thailand 3-2 to top Group C at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Tuesday.Saina Stuns Ratchanok, India Beat Thailand

    Saina Stuns Ratchanok, India Beat Thailand

    It was vintage Saina on display here as the Indian rode on her array of shots and better court coverage. The Hyderabadi, whose performance graph was questioned by many of her critics, answered back by beating World champion Ratchanok Intanon 22-20 21-14 in the first singles to give India a brilliant start against Thailand. 

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