Latest Badminton News and Articles

Follow Nicol’s footsteps, Misbun tells Chong Wei

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 998

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top squash woman player Nicol David has accomplished it. Now, men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei has been challenged to do the same.

Yesterday, national singles coach Misbun Sidek wants Chong Wei to maintain his ranking as the world No. 1 for at least one year.

Chong Wei has been holding on to the position since winning a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in August. However, he is expected to be strongly challenged for the top spot this year.

Misbun said it would be another achievement for Chong Wei if he could maintain the spot for a year.

“No badminton player has ever done it before. Previously, (Mohd) Roslin (Hashim) and Rashid (Sidek) attained the No. 1 status but they only held it for a short while,” said Misbun.

“It will not be easy for Chong Wei to maintain it, not with China boasting of several good singles players — especially Lin Dan, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai.

“The China players will resume playing in international tournaments, starting with the All-England, after a three-month break. Lin Dan will probably be Chong Wei’s closest rival to regain the top spot.

 

Chong Wei wary of dark horse Chunlai at All-England (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 462

KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Bao Chunlai may turn out to be an early spoiler for Malaysia’s world No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei in the All-England, which will be held in Birmingham from March 3-8.

Chunlai, who has dropped out of the top 10 rankings in the world, will be unseeded and could be pitted against any of the top players in the opening round when the draw is released on Feb 17.

The All-England is the first tournament for the lanky Chunlai since his semi-final finish in the China Super Series in September.

China did not send their players to any international tournaments for the last three months in a bid to give more emphasis on polishing up their game at home.

Having failed to make the final at the All-England the last six times, Chunlai will surely be motivated to give it his all this time around — especially since his team-mates Lin Dan and Chen Jin had tasted victory before.

Lin Dan won the All-England in 2004, 2006 and 2007 while Chen Jin, who is junior to Chunlai, clinched the title last year.For remembrance: Chong Wei handing over a portrait of him with the silver medal to Tunku Imran to be placed at the Sports Museum as Prof Khoo looks on. — RAYMOND OOI / The Star

 

August 16 is when the long wait must end

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 869

MALAYSIA'S position as one of the world's best badminton nations is rather hollow when one considers the fact that we are the only nation in the Big Five -- China, Indonesia, South Korea and Denmark being the others -- who have yet to win a world or Olympic title.

China have dominated the Olympics and the World Championships consistently while Indonesia too have a great history at badminton's major events.

The Koreans -- almost always -- rise to the occasion in the Olympics and World Championships while Denmark not only have had several world champions but also an Olympic gold medallist in Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen, who won the men's singles in Atlanta '96.

England, Japan and the United States -- hardly powerhouses in badminton -- have also won world titles while for Malaysia, it has been a case of always the bridesmaid since the inaugural edition 32 years ago.

Men's doubles Razif and Jalani Sidek were the first to falter in 1987 when they lost to China's Li Yongbo-Tian Bingyi in the men's doubles final and this was followed by Cheah Soon Kit's double failure.
Soon Kit and Soo Beng Kiang were favourites to capture the title but the Indonesian scratch pair of Ricky Subagja-Gunawan shocked them in 1993 while new pair Candra Wijaya-Sigit Budiarto denied Soon Kit-Yap Kim Hock in 1997.
 

Bleak outlook for the future of sports

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 908

KUALA LUMPUR: One had to strain to listen to the soft voice of Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim during his no holes-barred talk on “Sports in Malaysia - yesterday and today”.

To make matters worse, many in the audience had to put up with annoying late-comers, beeping handphones and inconsiderate chit-chatting by others in the cramped conference room at the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) building yesterday.

Through it all, though, what was more discomforting was the bleak picture painted by Prof Khoo as far as the future of the Malaysian sports is concerned.

 

Top juniors make the final stages (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 February 2009
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 935
JERSEY’S top junior badminton players may well have claimed only four titles in the annual Credit Suisse Junior Open at the New Gilson Hall last weekend but they featured prominently in finals and semi-finals certainly gave a good account of themselves.

There was an excellent entry from the UK and Guernsey, with nine English counties being represented. In excess of 250 matches were played in four age groups, under 1Jersey’s Ben Watson3, 15, 17 and 19. Without exception all of the visiting players from the UK are seasoned competitors with the majority being highly ranked on the English junior circuit.

Jersey’s titles came from Marilisa Garnier who claimed two in the U19 age group, winning the girls singles final in three sets against fellow Islander Jade Coombs-Goodfellow, 21-17, 17-21, 21-12. The finalists then combined to win the doubles on Friday evening, adding to the Guernsey Open title secured in November.

Brett Coombs-Goodfellow was victorious in the U15 mixed doubles where he partnered Becci Crawshaw from Warwarkshire to a 21-19,21-19 win in the final over Hampshire’s Andrew and Melissa Stride. The fourth title for a Jersey player came in the U17 boys doubles where Matthew Bignall partnered Cheshire’s Michael Johnston to register a 22-20, 21-11 victory in the final over Guernsey’s Glen Le Tissier and Harry Southwell.

 
Comment (0) Hits: 935

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: World Champs 2014

playbutton-2014-square-world-championships

Watch Replays

Related Badminton News

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Lin Dan feels thankful to play in his 4th Asian Games

Incheon: Chinese badminton delegation arrived in Incheon on

China vow to come back strong at Incheon Asian Games

Beijing: After their Thomas Cup heartbreak in May, China's b

We're not giving up on you, Chong Wei!

Kuala Lumpur: World number one Lee Chong Wei arrived at the

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

The love story of Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo

By Cheryl Tay The love story of Singapore badminton players

Recommended Videos

  • 2014 Singapore Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Championships - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Japan Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Korea Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 All England - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Malaysia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Superseries Finals - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Denmark Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Hong Kong Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Indonesia Open - Badminton Videos
Previous Next