Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shi Yuqi disrupts Lee Chong Wei-Lin Dan Meeting at Hong Kong Open semis

Shi Yuqi shakes hand with Lin Dan after beating Lin in the 2017 Hong Kong Open semi-finals.
Hong Kong: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, two of the most prolific champions in men’s badminton history, have put together one of the greatest rivalries in the sport. However, badminton fans will not able to see their 40th meeting in the Hong Kong Open semi-finals. No. 6 seed Shi Yuqi of China upset third-seeded Lin Dan 13-21, 21-17, 21-15,...

Ratchanok Intanon to play P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis

Ratchanok Intanon faces an uphill battle against P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis. (photo: AP)
Hong Kong: Thailand's reining Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon outlasted Michelle Li of Canada on Friday to advance into the Hong Kong Open semi-finals. Intanon who also made the China Open semi-finals last week, outplayed Michelle Li to notch up a 21-14, 21-16 quarter-final victory in 38 minutes. The No. 6 seed Intanon who is chasing her fourth title of the...

Viktor Axelsen stays atop BWF rankings, Lee Chong Wei moves up 1 spot

Viktor Axelsen mocks the new BWF rule that will limit the service height to 1.15m starting from All England 2018. This new rule will cause inconvenience to tall players such as Viktor Axelsen with height of 194cm and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark with height of 203cm. (photo: Axelsen's Youtube)
Kuala Lumpur: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen remained in the number one spot of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) world singles rankings released on Thursday, while Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei climbed up to No. 6. Axelsen, the reigning world champion, was followed by Korea's Son Wan Ho with 74,398 points, and Kidambi Srikanth of India in the third place. Last week's China Open...

Hong Kong Open: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan edge closer to semi-final meeting with victories

Lee Chong Wei eager to recover from his recent drop of form.
Hong Kong: The dream semi-final between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan at the 2017 Hong Kong Open is still on the cards after the Malaysian and the Chinese badminton legends both won their second-round matches on Thursday with something to spare. After an easy first round match, the No. 8 seed Lee was being taken the distance in his...

Chan Peng Soon & Goh Liu Ying to resume partnership early next year

Chan Peng Soon & Goh Liu Ying to play together again next January. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, the Rio Olympics silver medal winning mixed doubles pair, will be reunited in January 2018 after Goh took time out to recover from her shoulder injury. The duo will be playing at the Malaysian Masters as their first tournament together since the 2017 Malaysian Open. "Liu Ying and I will resume our partnership in...

Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan win openers, Viktor Axelsen withdraws from Hong Kong Open

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are set to meet each other in the Hong Kong semi-finals. (photo: AP)
Hong Kong: Both badminton legends, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Lin Dan of China have reached the Hong Kong Open second round after contrasting wins in their openers. The four-time Hong Kong Open winner and No. 8 seed Lee Chong Wei got his campaign back on track but there was a tough battle for Lin Dan of China as...

Soong Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi enter Hong Kong Open main draw

Soong Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi make the Hong Kong Open first round. (photo: NST)
Hong Kong: Malaysia's women's doubles pair, Soong Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi overcame two hurdles in the qualifying round at Hong Kong Coliseum on Tuesday to enter the Hong Kong Open main draw. The World No. 59 Malaysian pair outlasted Cheung Ying Mei/Avery Tsang Wing Chiu of Hong Kong, 21-10, 21-15 in the first qualifying match and beat another Hong Kong...

Kidambi Srikanth wins India’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award, decides to skip Hong Kong Open

2017 has been an amazing year for Kidambi Srikanth. (photo: AP)
New Delhi: Men's singles World No. 2 player Kidambi Srikanth of India has enjoyed a stellar year so far by winning four Superseries titles, and was honored with India's "Sportsperson of the Year" Award at the Sanjeev Goenka Indian Sports Honours gala, in Mumbai on Sunday. To add to that, both Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu have already secured their...

Gao Fangjie’s Cinderella run ended by Akane Yamaguchi in China Open final

Akane Yamaguchi (R) from Japan poses with Gao Fangjie after winning the 2017 China Open final. (photo: AP)
Fuzhou: The China Open's women's singles final was a battle of experience vs. height, but in the end, it was the experienced Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi (with the height of 156cm) who hoisted the 2017 China Open trophy after defeating local favorite Gao Fangjie of China who stands at 178cm, but with lesser experience at the highest levels of...

Chen Long beats Viktor Axelsen to win China Open

Chen Long could meet Viktor Axelsen again in the semi-finals of next week's Hong Kong Open. (photo: AP)
Fuzhou: Approximately 3 months after Chen Long lost to Viktor Axelsen in the semi-finals of the BWF World Championships, Chen Long lifted his spirit at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center by beating reigning World Champion Viktor Axelsen in a three-set thriller in the China Open final on Sunday. Backed by a partisan home crowd, the No. 6 seed Chen of...

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Shi Yuqi shakes hand with Lin Dan after beating Lin in the 2017 Hong Kong Open semi-finals.

Shi Yuqi disrupts Lee Chong Wei-Lin Dan Meeting at Hong Kong Open semis

Hong Kong: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, two of the most prolific champions in men’s badminton history, have put together one of the...
Ratchanok Intanon faces an uphill battle against P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis. (photo: AP)

Ratchanok Intanon to play P.V. Sindhu in Hong-Kong semis

Hong Kong: Thailand's reining Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon outlasted Michelle Li of Canada on Friday to advance into the Hong Kong Open semi-finals. Intanon...
Viktor Axelsen mocks the new BWF rule that will limit the service height to 1.15m starting from All England 2018. This new rule will cause inconvenience to tall players such as Viktor Axelsen with height of 194cm and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark with height of 203cm. (photo: Axelsen's Youtube)

Viktor Axelsen stays atop BWF rankings, Lee Chong Wei moves up 1 spot

Kuala Lumpur: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen remained in the number one spot of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) world singles rankings released on Thursday, while...