Sunday, May 28, 2017

Kento Momota makes a comeback at Japan Ranking Circuit (video for complete match)

Welcome back Kento Momota!
Saitama: Former World No. 2 Japanese badminton star Kento Momota who had his suspension for illegal gambling lifted by the Nippon Badminton Association on May 15th, made his competitive comeback Saturday at the Japan Ranking Circuit tournament in Saitama. Before Momota is eligible to rejoin the Japan national team, the former world No. 2 has to regain his standing through...

China survive Sudirman Cup scare, to meet Korea in the final

Lin Dan is keeping a steady pace in his buildup for the Sudirman Cup final.
Gold Coast: Ten-time Sudirman Cup winners China was pushed to the fifth match, before women's doubles pair Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan pulled off a huge upset to beat World No. 1 Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-12, 21-19 to clinch the victory point for China. Japan got off to strong start when their mixed doubles pair Yuta...

Lee Chong Wei’s win not enough to carry Malaysia into Sudirman Cup semis

Lee Chong Wei is the most reliable player in the Malaysian team. (photo:AFP)
Gold Coast: Malaysia fell short of their goal of reaching the Sudirman Cup semi-finals as they lost to Japan 1-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday. The evening started with Rio Olympic silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong bowing out to Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda 17-21, 21-16, 11-21. Soniia Cheah then came up against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women's singles...

Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing’s incredible racquet exchange go viral on social media (video)

What an amazing racquet exchange from Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing!
Gold Coast: Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair of Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing put on the most amazing and thrilling badminton shots ever during Malaysia's last Group tie against Japan at the 2017 Sudirman Cup on Wednesday. Tan Kian Meng broke his racket string when the Malaysia pair was trailing 11-15 in the second set. Then, Lai Pei Jing handed her...

Thailand upset Denmark to play South Korea in Sudirman Cup semis

Ratchanok Intanon is the most enthusiastic and reliable of all Thailand players.
Gold Coast: Thailand's scratch women's doubles pair of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai became the unlikely Sudirman Cup heroes when they shocked World No. 2 women's pair Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen 21-15, 21-12 in 44 minutes to lift Thailand into the Sudirman Cup semi-finals. Coming into the tournament, Denmark have been seen as one of the strong contenders...

Malaysia go down to Japan 2-3 in group stage, to play Japan again in Sudirman Cup knock out stage

Lee Chong Wei needs stronger supporting cast from the the Malaysian team.
Gold Coast: Throughout the week, the Malaysian camp including the players, the coaches and the staff were all saying the team was in high spirit, but the Malaysian team had a reality check on Wednesday where they went down 2-3 to Japan in the last Group 1C tie. Rio Olympic men's doubles silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong failed...

Malaysia defeat Germany 5-0 in Sudirman Cup opener

Lee Chong Wei kicks off Sudirman Cup in style. (photo: AP)
Gold Coast: Malaysia secured a spot in the final 8 of the 2017 Sudirman Cup after it outlasted Germany 5-0 in the first Group 1C tie on Tuesday. Mixed doubles pair Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing won a 21-17, 21-13 straight sets victory against Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Hettrich and Lee Chong Wei overcame Roth Fabian 21-12, 21-11 in 34 minutes to...

The Magnificent Seven of Badminton

Sung Ji Hyun of Korea (from left), PV Sindhu of India, Zheng Siwei of China, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, Misaki Matsutomo of Japan, Chen Qingchen of China and Ayaka Takahashi at Surfers Paradise Beach. (photo: Chris Hyde)
Gold Coast: Sung Ji Hyun (Korea), PV Sindhu (India), Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen (China), Jonatan Christie (Indonesia), Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) were taking some well-deserved relaxation time from the Sudirman Cup competition to relax Relax on the Surfers Paradise Beach in Gold Coast, Australia. Surfers Paradise beach is Queensland's most famous beach. Every year millions of visitors...

Shi Yuqi – I Believe I Can Fly!!

Shi Yuqi poses at the SkyPoint climb in Gold Coast, Australia. (photo: Chris Hyde)
Gold Coast: World No. 5 men's singles player Shi Yuqi of China was taking a break from the 2017 Sudirman Cup training to enjoy the most exhilarating adventure experience on the Gold Coast – SkyPoint. SkyPoint Climb is the highest attraction in Gold Coast, Australia. Rising 270m into the air, it takes an average of 90 minutes for tourists to...

Sudirman Cup: Viktor Axelsen lifts Denmark over India

Viktor Axelsen has grown into the new badminton star for Denmark. (photo: AP)
Gold Coast: Denmark had to shake off the rust on Monday before posting a difficult mixed doubles victory in their 2017 Sudirman Cup tie against India, with Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen posted a 21-15, 16-21, 21-17 win against Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in 70 minutes. "It was a close match. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes at the end of the third...

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Welcome back Kento Momota!

Kento Momota makes a comeback at Japan Ranking Circuit (video for complete match)

Saitama: Former World No. 2 Japanese badminton star Kento Momota who had his suspension for illegal gambling lifted by the Nippon Badminton Association on...
Lin Dan is keeping a steady pace in his buildup for the Sudirman Cup final.

China survive Sudirman Cup scare, to meet Korea in the final

Gold Coast: Ten-time Sudirman Cup winners China was pushed to the fifth match, before women's doubles pair Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan pulled off...
Lee Chong Wei is the most reliable player in the Malaysian team. (photo:AFP)

Lee Chong Wei’s win not enough to carry Malaysia into Sudirman Cup semis

Gold Coast: Malaysia fell short of their goal of reaching the Sudirman Cup semi-finals as they lost to Japan 1-3 in the quarter-finals on...