Friday, May 25, 2018

Japan ease past Taiwan into Uber Cup semi-finals

Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi are the strongest women's doubles pair in the 2018 Uber Cup competition. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: Eying a shot at both Thomas Cup and Uber Cup trophies, Japan has come from 0-1 down to overcome Taiwan 3-1 in the Uber Cup quarter-finals while the Japanese men's team has rolled past France 3-1 on Thursday. The Japanese women got off to a slow as World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi went down to World No. 1 Tai...

Indonesia to challenge China in Thomas semis

Lee Chong Wei beats Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: As usual, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei produced a sensational performance for his team against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, as the former World No. 1 beat Ginting straight set 21-19, 21-16 to give Malaysia 1-0 lead in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals on Thursday. Lee’s heroics could not prevent Malaysia exiting the Thomas Cup competition, as Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin...

Indonesia to play Malaysia in Thomas Cup quarterfinals

Mohamad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan are likely to score a point for Indonesia through second men's doubles match in Thomas Cup quarter-finals against Malaysia. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: Indonesia has emerged as the champion of Group B after overcoming Korea 3-2 on Wednesday in the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals. As the leader of Group B, the Indonesian team has drawn to play Malaysia (the runner-up of Group D) on Thursday. Indonesia opened the Wednesday evening with Anthony Sinisuka Ginting losing to South Korea's Son Wan Ho 20-22, 20-22. "I...

Thomas Cup: Lee Chong Wei beats Viktor Axelsen but Denmark prevail 3-2 over Malaysia

Lee Chong Wei produces a brilliant match against Viktor Axelsen in the Thomas Cup Group D tie. (photo: Mohd Yusni Ariffin)
Bangkok: The match between former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and current World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the Thomas Cup last Group D tie proved to be an exciting one, with a lopsided result, where Lee Chong Wei, 35, showed he has returned to rare air with aggressive smashes, beating the 24-year-old Dane 21-9, 21-19 in 42...

Thomas Cup: Lee Chong Wei, Viktor Axelsen target mouth-watering last Group D duel

Lee Chong Wei and Viktor Axelsen take center stage at Thomas Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Bangkok: Lee Chong Wei who received a day rest on Tuesday has readied himself to lead Malaysia's charge against defending champions Denmark in their last Group D clash and Lee will likely take on reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen in the first men's singles match. The Malaysian men's team and the 2016 Thomas Cup champions Denmark team had already booked...

Thomas Cup: Malaysia win opener to play Algeria on Tuesday

Lee Chong Wei greets Vladimir Malkov right before the first men's singles match on Monday. (photo: Bernama)
Bangkok: The Malaysian men's shuttlers stepped up their Thomas Cup preparations with a ruthless display to cruise past Russia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie of the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals on Monday. Malaysia's badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei drew the first blood for his team when he beat Vladimir Malkov 21-9 and 21-6 in the first men’s singles...

Japan enjoy strong start at Thomas and Uber Cups

Nozomi Okuhara returns a shot from Louisa Ma of Australia. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The Japan's men who are aiming to repeat their 2014 Thomas Cup triumph, beating Hong Kong 4-1 in their Thomas Cup first Group C tie on Sunday. Led by former World No. 2 Kento Momota, the 23-year-old fought back from a set down to overcome Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long Angus 15-21, 21-16, 21-15 in the first men's...

India lose Thomas and Uber Cup openers

Saina Nehwal loses to Michelle Li in the 2018 Uber Cup opener. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: India's head-scratching decision to rest the world No. 9 HS Prannoy for the Thomas Cup opening tie against France prove fatal as they lost 1-4 to France on Sunday. India surprisingly decided to rest Prannoy for what was essentially a must-win tie for them, considering they have nine-time champions China in the group as well. India now need to...

BWF to keep 21 x 3 scoring system

BWF keeps the 21x3 scoring system. (photo: BWF)
Bangkok: The Badminton World Federation (BWF)'s proposal to change the existing scoring system from 21 x 3 format to 11 x 5 format failed to receive the two-third majority votes required on Saturday in Bangkok during the BWF Annual General Meeting. A total of 252 votes were cast by BWF members around the world, with 129 voted in favor of...

Thomas Cup: Denmark and Indonesia train in a hot gym

Hendra Setiawan with ice bag on his head.
Bangkok: Thomas Cup defending champions Denmark together with Indonesia and Malaysia have been assigned a training facility after their arrivals in Bangkok so that the players could start getting ready for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals that will begin on May 20, 2018. However, the inside temperate for the gym they were assigned to was too hot, ranging from...

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Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi are the strongest women's doubles pair in the 2018 Uber Cup competition. (photo: AP)

Japan ease past Taiwan into Uber Cup semi-finals

Bangkok: Eying a shot at both Thomas Cup and Uber Cup trophies, Japan has come from 0-1 down to overcome Taiwan 3-1 in the...
Lee Chong Wei beats Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

Indonesia to challenge China in Thomas semis

Bangkok: As usual, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei produced a sensational performance for his team against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, as the former World...
Mohamad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan are likely to score a point for Indonesia through second men's doubles match in Thomas Cup quarter-finals against Malaysia. (photo: AFP)

Indonesia to play Malaysia in Thomas Cup quarterfinals

Bangkok: Indonesia has emerged as the champion of Group B after overcoming Korea 3-2 on Wednesday in the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals. As the leader...