Monday, January 22, 2018

Viktor Axelsen wins, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong suffer surprise defeat in Malaysia Masters final

Viktor Axelsen is creating his own legacy in badminton. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 men's singles player Viktor Axelsen of Denmark saw off a spirited challenge from World No. 29 Kenta Nishimoto of Japan to clinch the 2018 Malaysia Masters title on Sunday. The Dane needed 72 minutes to overcome the Japanese in rubber sets, 21-13, 21-23, 21-18 to win his first title of the 2018 season. Axelsen also...

Ratchanok Intanon wins epic battle with Tai Tzu Ying to clinch Malaysia Masters title

Ratchanok Intanon stuns Tai Tzu Ying to win the 2018 Malaysia Masters title. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: In front of an adoring crown at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur Sports City, the 22-year-old and No. 5 seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand came through three gruelling sets to beat No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. In a rollercoaster first set, Intanon trailed Tai 5-9 early in the game before cooly swept away the No. 1...

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, Viktor Axelsen reach Malaysia Masters Finals

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are one win away from taking the 2018 Malaysia Masters title. (photo: Eizairi Shamsudin)
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's unseeded men's pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will meet another unseeded pair, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia in the final of the 2018 Malaysia Masters after both won their semi-final matches in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Goh/Tan beat No. 8 seeds Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-lin of Taiwan 21-16, 21-17 in 34 minutes while Alfian/Ardianto came...

Tai Tzu Ying pulls off amazing comeback over Carolina Marin in Malaysia Masters semis

Tai Tzu Ying's big heart helps her stand tall against Carolina Marin in the 2018 Malaysia Masters semi-finals. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: When we talk about some of the greatest comebacks in the history of badminton, Chinese player, Lin Dan's rally from 16-18, 18-19 down in the third set of London Olympic men's singles final against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia to eventually clinch his second Olympic gold medal always springs to mind. And now, you can add World No....

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong book last four spot at Malaysia Masters

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong need to perform consistently in their attempt to win the Malaysia Masters. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia held the 2017 World Champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng of China at bay in a gripping contest on Friday to reach the last four of the Malaysia Masters and stayed on course for their first crown of the 2018 season. The former world number one Malaysians needed 58 minutes to see off...

Daren Liew to face Viktor Axelsen in Malaysia Masters semis

Daren Liew heads towards the semi-final of Malaysia Master with very little pressure resting on his shoulders. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: While all Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) men's singles shuttlers from the so-called "Malaysia's best" Asia Team Championship squad have all crashed out from the on-going Malaysia Masters tournament, playing without a coach and without any significant assistance, the 31-year-old former BAM player Daren Liew made a surprise run to the Malaysia Masters semi-finals on Friday. Liew defeated...

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in Malaysia Masters quarters

Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying enter the Malaysia Masters quarter-finals. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's former world No. 1 men's pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong eased past compatriots Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi in two sets on the second day of the Malaysia Masters on Thursday, but must face a formidable pair, the 2017 World Champions Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan of China in Friday's quarter-finals at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur...

Lee Chong Wei would rather pay the fine than play in 12 BWF tournaments

Lee Chong Wei and other top players are dissatisfied with BWF's crammed 2018 calendar. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Instead of playing for a 'cramped 2018 schedule' from Badminton World Federation (BWF) which would force the world's top shuttlers to play at least a dozen tournaments in a year or face a stiff fine if they fail to comply, the World No. 2 men's singles player Lee Chong Wei is considering skipping some tournaments and paying...

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong to meet Teo Ee Yi/Ong Yew Sin in Malaysia Masters second round

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong enter Malaysia Masters second round. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: The Rio Olympic silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong produced a majestic display to show why they are favorites to win the Malaysia Masters after holding off a thrilling fight-back from No. 7 seeds Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia 22-20, 22-20 to reach the second round. Goh/Tan won in 36 minutes and will face compatriots Ong Yew...

Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long and Son Wan Ho crash out of Malaysia Masters

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan crash out of Malaysia Masters. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei, Olympic champions Lin Dan, Chen Long and former World No. 1 Son Wan Ho were high-profile casualties on day one of badminton's Malaysia Masters on Wednesday, but the World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen survived. The No. 2 seed Lee lost to Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 21-19, 18-21, 19-21 in a 78 minutes...

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Viktor Axelsen is creating his own legacy in badminton. (photo: AP)

Viktor Axelsen wins, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong suffer surprise defeat in Malaysia Masters...

Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 men's singles player Viktor Axelsen of Denmark saw off a spirited challenge from World No. 29 Kenta Nishimoto of...
Ratchanok Intanon stuns Tai Tzu Ying to win the 2018 Malaysia Masters title. (photo: AP)

Ratchanok Intanon wins epic battle with Tai Tzu Ying to clinch Malaysia Masters title

Kuala Lumpur: In front of an adoring crown at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur Sports City, the 22-year-old and No. 5 seed Ratchanok Intanon of...
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are one win away from taking the 2018 Malaysia Masters title. (photo: Eizairi Shamsudin)

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, Viktor Axelsen reach Malaysia Masters Finals

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's unseeded men's pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will meet another unseeded pair, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia in the...