Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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...

Lin Dan, Chen Long and Liu Xuerui are ready for Thomas and Uber Cup Finals

Lin Dan and Chen Long give China huge advantage in the men’s singles event.
Bangkok: Lin Dan, Chen Long, Shi Yuqi and Li Xuerui have arrived in Bangkok to participate in this year's Thomas and Uber Cups finals. After tumbling out to Korea 1-3 in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals two years ago in Kunshan, China, the Chinese team came to Bangkok with a mission to take back the prestigious men's team trophy. With the...

Misbun Sidek hints at leaving BAM after Thomas Cup

Misbun Sidek wants Malaysian players to step up to the plate. (photo: Owee Ah Chun)
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's national men's singles coach, Misbun Sidek, hoping the Malaysian team could bring back the Thomas Cup trophy before he leaves the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Misbun Sidek, the former No. 1 men's singles player in Malaysia, did not rule out the possibility of leaving the BAM after the tournament. "Yes, this could be my last stint with...

Malaysian Thomas and Uber Cup teams leave for Bangkok

Good luck to the Malaysian Thomas & Uber Cup teams in Bangkok. (photo: Bernama)
Kuala Lumpur: On Thursday, the Malaysian Thomas and Uber Cup teams headed off to Bangkok to participate in the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals that will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 20 to May 27. Malaysia's men's doubles head coach Cheah Soon Kit told reporters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) that the Malaysian Thomas Cup...

Indonesia’s Thomas and Uber Cup teams depart for Bangkok

Shuttlers for Indonesia's 2018 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup team. (photo: PBSI)
Jakarta: Although the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup is scheduled to begin in Bangkok on May 20, but Indonesia’s Thomas and Uber Cup teams have departed to Bangkok from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday, so that they could familiarize themselves with the set up and get used to the venue few days earlier. The Badminton Association of...

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Lee Chong Wei and Viktor Axelsen take center stage at Thomas Cup Finals on Wednesday.

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

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...
Lee Chong Wei greets Vladimir Malkov right before the first men's singles match on Monday. (photo: Bernama)

Thomas Cup: Malaysia win opener to play Algeria on Tuesday

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...
Nozomi Okuhara returns a shot from Louisa Ma of Australia. (photo: AFP)

Japan enjoy strong start at Thomas and Uber Cups

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...