Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lee Chong Wei advances, Lin Dan ousted at Japan Open

Lee Chong Wei cruises into Japan Open semi-finals. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Lee Chong Wei was through to the Japan Open semifinals, while No. 7 seed Lin Dan was headed home. The fifth-seeded Lee cruised past Taiwan's No. 4 seed Chou Tien Chen 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in Friday's quarterfinal match at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Lee had to work extremely hard, coming back from 10-15 to claim the decider. "I'm slowly improving and...

Nozomi Okuhara faces Carolina Marin in Japan Open semis

Carolina Marin to play Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open semis. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: The 2017 women's singles World Champion Nozomi Okuhara's run of strong form continued when the unseeded Japanese player battled past Zhang Beiwen of USA with a 21-16, 23-21 win on Friday. Okuhara who is bidding to reclaim the Japan Open trophy on home soil, after winning it in 2015 will play the Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain. Marin spoiled...

Nozomi Okuhara breezes past P.V. Sindhu enter Japan Open last 8

Nozomi Okuhara vs P.V. Sindhu is becoming one of the greatest Badminton rivalries in women's singles. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Unseeded Nozomi Okuhara showcased her brilliance once more as the never gets tired Japanese player swept past her rival in the World Championships and Korea Open finals, the No. 4 seed P.V Sindhu of India 21-18, 21-8 in 48 minutes in the Japan Open women’s singles second round on Thursday. "There's not much gap between Sindhu and I, and...

Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan reaches Japan Open quarters

Lee Chong Wei enters Japan Open quarters. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Six-time Japan Open champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia reached the 2017 Japan Open quarter-final with a straight-set win over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto on Thursday. The 35-year-old, who is bidding for his seventh Japan Open title, recorded a 22-20, 21-17 victory in 47 minutes. Lee will now play Taiwan's No. 4 seed Chou Tien Chen on Friday. The No. 7 seed...

P.V Sindhu to meet Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open second round

Its P.V Sindhu (right) vs Nozomi Okuhara (middle) again in the Japan Open second round. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Fresh from winning the Korea Open Superseries title last Sunday, India's No. 4 seed P.V. Sindhu sized up her first big test at the Japan Open Wednesday after she fought off spirited Japanese player Minatsu Mitani 12-21, 21-15, 21-17 in 64 minutes to set up a second round meeting with her rival in the World Championships and Korea...

Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan enter Japan Open second round, Anthony Ginting exits

Lin Dan cruises into second round of Japan Open. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Fifth-seeded Lee Chong Wei, a six-time champion at Japan Open, and three-time champion Lin Dan, advanced to the second round of Japan Open despite surprising challenges in the opener. Following his disappointingly early exit from the World Championships, Lee survived a first round scare against Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium late Wednesday,...

Hong Wei, Bao Yixin, Luo Ying and Luo Yu retire from badminton

Thanks to Hong Wei (right), Bao Yixin, Luo Ying and Luo Yu for their exciting performances on the badminton court.
Kuala Lumpur: Hong Wei, Bao Yixin, Luo Ying and Luo Yu have announced their retirements from professional badminton, confirmed by Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday. The former World No.2 men's doubles player, Hong Wei is known for his powerful smash, and has been playing with his current partner Chai Biao since 2013. The pair just won their first medal...

Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai enter Japan Open second round

Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai advance into Japan Open second round.
KUALA LUMPUR: After their quarter-final exit at the Korea Open last week, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Jemie Lai have fought tooth and nail to be comeback from dropping a set to collect a tough 21-14, 19-21, 21-19 victory over Mathias Christiansen/Sara Thygesen of Denmark in the Japan Open first round at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday. Goh/Lai will take on...

Morten Frost Hansen resigns from Badminton Association of Malaysia

Morten Frost Hansen resigns as BAM's technical director. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Morten Frost Hansen, hired on Feb 23, 2015 as the technical director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), have decided to part ways with BAM after less than three years working together, and BAM's Coaching and Training (C&T) Committee has accepted his resignation on Monday. Frost who initially signed a well-paid contract with the National Sports Council...

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong officially split

Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong end doubles partnership. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: As predicted by BadmintonPlanet.com last week, Rio Olympic men's doubles silver medalists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong will no longer play doubles together after BAM’s president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria announced on Monday that the Coaching and Training (C&T) Committee have agreed to let the duo to break up at the lowest point in their careers. BAM...

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Lee Chong Wei cruises into Japan Open semi-finals. (photo: AP)

Lee Chong Wei advances, Lin Dan ousted at Japan Open

Tokyo: Lee Chong Wei was through to the Japan Open semifinals, while No. 7 seed Lin Dan was headed home. The fifth-seeded Lee cruised past...
Carolina Marin to play Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open semis. (photo: AP)

Nozomi Okuhara faces Carolina Marin in Japan Open semis

Tokyo: The 2017 women's singles World Champion Nozomi Okuhara's run of strong form continued when the unseeded Japanese player battled past Zhang Beiwen of...
Nozomi Okuhara vs P.V. Sindhu is becoming one of the greatest Badminton rivalries in women's singles. (photo: AP)

Nozomi Okuhara breezes past P.V. Sindhu enter Japan Open last 8

Tokyo: Unseeded Nozomi Okuhara showcased her brilliance once more as the never gets tired Japanese player swept past her rival in the World Championships...