Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Song Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win Malaysia International Challenge

Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win their first title of 2018 by beating Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in three sets. (photo: BAM)
Kuala Lumpur: Does any of these names ring a bell for you? James Chua (men's singles), Woon Sze Mei (women's singles), Pang Cheh Chang/Cheah Soon Thoe (men's doubles), Norhasikin Amin/Joanne Quay (women's doubles), Pang Cheh Chang/Norhasikin Amin (mixed doubles). These were players who helped Malaysia swept all five titles at the Malaysian International in 1998. After 20 years, Malaysia’s hopes...

Tan Boon Heong keeps options open on playing for Malaysia at Thomas Cup

Tan Boon Heong and Hendra Setiawan were ranked World No. 20 at the end of 2017. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: The 31-year-old and former World No. 1 men's doubles player Tan Boon Heong has not ruled out a return to Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to join the Malaysian Thomas Cup squad. Speaking to Malaysian media, however, due to the conflict of sponsorship, he may not be able to commit to BAM completely. Tan is being sponsored by Yonex...

Malaysia on course for clean sweep of all titles at Malaysia International Challenge

Soong Fie Cho (right) and Tee Jing Yi are only one win away from winning the 2018 Malaysia International Challenge. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia have extended their home court advantage of the Malaysia International Challenge by having at least one shuttler in the final of each of five categories. The women's doubles No. 1 seeds Soong Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi and Lim Chiew Sien/Tan Sueh Jeou have guaranteed host country the women's doubles title as they have set up an all...

Badminton Asia demand answers from BWF on match-fixing

Match-fixing represents a greater potential threat to the integrity of badminton than doping.
Kuala Lumpur: The Chief Operations Officer of Badminton Asia, Kenny Goh, said that his organization has requested Badminton World Federation (BWF) for the final decision or at least an explanation with regards to the match-fixing scandal involving two Malaysian professional badminton players. "This case has attracted a lot of attention, we don't know why BWF are taking so long to...

PBSI confident of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo at Thomas Cup Finals

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are most dominant men's doubles pair of the past 2 years. (photo: AP)
Jakarta: The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI)’s legendary men's doubles coach, Herry Iman Pierngadi remained confident that the world number one men’s pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya will be included as part of Indonesia's final Thomas Cup team roster. PBSI will send four men's doubles pairs to the 2018 Badminton Asia Championships that will take place at Wuhan Sports...

Viktor Axelsen returns to World No. 1

Viktor Axelsen regains the world No. 1 ranking. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: One week after he handed the World No. 1 position to the Commonwealth Games silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth of India, reigning World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark was back to the top of the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) world rankings released on Thursday. In this week's world ranking calculation, Kidambi fell four places to World No. 5...

China begins preparation for 2018 Badminton Asia Championships

Lin Dan looks slick with short new hairstyles. (photo: Ricky - Weibo)
Wuhan: The China men's and women's national badminton team have arrived in Wuhan, preparing for the 2018 Badminton Asia Championships that will be held from April 24th to April 29. On April 16th, the Chinese Badminton team conducted their first training in Wuhan. Fans hoping to see Lin Dan and Chen Long were disappointed because the two top men's singles...

Akane Yamaguchi set to be new World No. 1 women’s singles player

Congratulations to Akane Yamaguchi for becoming the new World No. 1 women's singles player. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Japan's women's singles ace Akane Yamaguchi is expected to become the new World No. 1 player when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) releases its weekly rankings on Thursday (April 19, 2018), overtaking the reigning World No. 1 player Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. The 20-year-old, who managed to enter the finals at five Superseries tournaments last year was able...

Susi Susanti names 32 Indonesian players to preliminary roster for 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup finals

The Indonesia Thomas Cup team sure has the strongest men's doubles pairs among the participating countries. (photo:AP)
Jakarta: A total of 32 players, including former men's doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan, and former Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) player Tommy Sugiarto and Sony Dwi Kuncoro have been named to the preliminary roster for the 2018 Indonesia Thomas & Uber Cup teams. In addition to those old faces, young Indonesian women's singles and doubles players such...

Lee Chong Wei, defying age, tops Kidambi Srikanth in Commonwealth Games final

Lee Chong Wei fights hard to win the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast gold medal. (photo: AP)
Gold Coast: At 35, Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is still defying his age and beating the badminton odds. Badminton is a grueling and fast-paced sport that rarely sees shuttlers in their mid-thirties still competing at world-class levels. Facing the 25-year-old World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth of India in the Commonwealth Games final on Sunday, Lee's 19-21 first set...

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Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win their first title of 2018 by beating Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in three sets. (photo: BAM)

Song Fie Cho/Tee Jing Yi, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win Malaysia International Challenge

Kuala Lumpur: Does any of these names ring a bell for you? James Chua (men's singles), Woon Sze Mei (women's singles), Pang Cheh Chang/Cheah...
Tan Boon Heong and Hendra Setiawan were ranked World No. 20 at the end of 2017. (photo: AP)

Tan Boon Heong keeps options open on playing for Malaysia at Thomas Cup

Kuala Lumpur: The 31-year-old and former World No. 1 men's doubles player Tan Boon Heong has not ruled out a return to Badminton Association...
Soong Fie Cho (right) and Tee Jing Yi are only one win away from winning the 2018 Malaysia International Challenge. (photo: AP)

Malaysia on course for clean sweep of all titles at Malaysia International Challenge

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia have extended their home court advantage of the Malaysia International Challenge by having at least one shuttler in the final of...