• Kento Momota, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win World Superseries Finals

    Dubai: No. 2 seed Kento Momota brought Viktor Axelsen's great run at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals to an end by clinching the men's singles title in Dubai on Sunday.Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

    Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

  • BWF Superseries Finals: Viktor Axelsen beats Chen Long, finally!

    Dubai: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark finally broke the Chen Long curse on Saturday, beating the World No. 1 Chen Long for the first time in eight tries in the BWF Superseries Finals semi-finals.Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

    Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

  • BWF Superseries Finals: Saina Nehwal beats Carolina Marin, Chen Long advances

    Dubai: After her loss to Nozomi Okuhara yesterday, World No. 2 Saina Nehwal picked up a win she desperately needed when she outclassed the World No. 1 in an enthralling contest on Thursday.Chen Long is flying high in Dubai. (photo: BWF)

    Chen Long is flying high in Dubai. (photo: BWF)

  • Lee Chong Wei eases past Tommy Sugiarto in Hong Kong Open first round

    Hong Kong: Lee Chong Wei charged past his first hurdle in the quest for a fourth Hong Kong Open title at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Wednesday, with the unseeded Malaysian delivering a 21-16, 21-15 victory over No. 8 seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia.Lee Chong Wei's confidence is sky high after his China Open victory last week. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei's confidence is sky high after his China Open victory last week. (photo: AFP)

  • French Open: Lee Chong Wei survives Viktor Axelsen scare, Koo/Tan exit

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei survived a major scare in the second round of the French Open on Thursday, beating No. 7 seed Viktor Axelsen in 65 minutes.

    Lee got off to a slow start in the first set, trailing for most of the game to go down 12-21.Lee Chong Wei's defeat of Viktor Axelsen proves he still a major force in badminton.

    Lee Chong Wei's defeat of Viktor Axelsen proves he still a major force in badminton.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long and Viktor Axelsen prepare for the French Open

    Paris: Over the past few years, the badminton scene has been dominated by mostly Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and sometimes Chen Long.

    However, the struggle of either Lee Chong Wei or Lin Dan in recent tournaments has been mirrored by Chen Long’s dominance and Viktor Axelsen’s rise.Let's go Lee Chong Wei!

    Let's go Lee Chong Wei!

  • P.V Sindhu beats Carolina Marin, Tommy Sugiarto survives in Denmark semis as upsets continue

    Odense: Two time world champion Carolina Marin's stunning three-set loss to 20-year-old Indian badminton ace P.V Sindhu in the women’s singles semi-finals on Saturday raised an obvious question: Was that the biggest upset in this year's Denmark Open? And what about the second-round loss by Lee Chong Wei and the quarter-final loss by Lin Dan?P.V Sindhu lay down on the court after she beats Carolina Marin in semi-finals at Denmark Open.

    P.V Sindhu lay down on the court after she beats Carolina Marin in semi-finals at Denmark Open.

  • Lin Dan upset by Viktor Axelsen in Denmark Open quarters

    Odense: The upset bug has struck Denmark Open -- again!

    Viktor Axelsen of Denmark put on a masterclass over Lin Dan on Friday, handing Lin probably his worst career defeat by destroying “Super Dan” 21-8, 21-7 in 36 minutes.Viktor Axelsen celebrates after beating his badminton idol Lin Dan at Denmark Open quarter-finals.

    Viktor Axelsen celebrates after beating his badminton idol Lin Dan at Denmark Open quarter-finals.

  • Viktor Axelsen, Lin Dan on Denmark Open collision course

    Odense: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is in the same quarter of the Denmark Open draw as Chinese badminton legend Lin Dan. The Dane could potentially face the two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in the quarter-finals at the Denmark Open that will be held from Oct 13 to Oct 18.Viktor Axelsen is the only shuttler that can constantly put up a hard fight against Lin Dan and Chen Long in 2015.

    Viktor Axelsen is the only shuttler that can constantly put up a hard fight against Lin Dan and Chen Long in 2015.

  • Lin Dan overcomes Viktor Axelsen to win Japan Open

    Tokyo: Lin Dan of China has once again proved his reputation as "Super Dan" after he earned a hard fought three-set battle against 21-year-old Viktor Axelsen in the Japan Open final on Sunday.

    Lin Dan got off to a slow start in the first set in which he trailed 3-8 against Viktor Axelsen at one point. Lin then overcame some sloppy errors to eventually win the first set 21-19.Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

    Lin Dan thanks Viktor Axelsen for his “best effort” in the final. (photo: Reuters)

  • Viktor Axelsen ready to clash against Lin Dan in Japan Open final

    Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen advanced to the final of Japan Open Superseries on Saturday after he defeated No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-19, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

    The Japan Open final is also Axelsen’s fourth career Superseries final.Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

    Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

  • Chen Long set to defend world title

    Jakarta: Defending champion Chen Long heads into next week's badminton world championships in Indonesia as firm favourite, but faces a challenge from a gutsy Datuk Lee Chong Wei who has come back strong after a recent doping ban.

    Chen, 26, is in superb form having swept four titles this year and enters the Jakarta tournament a convincing top seed, with Danish star Jan O Jorgensen a distant second.Chen Long enters this year's world championships as the favorite.

    Chen Long enters this year's world championships as the favorite.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin win Australian Open

    Sydney:   World No. 1 Chen Long of China came through a thrilling three-set victory over dark horse Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-12, 14-21, 21-18 to win the Australian Open men's singles title on Sunday.Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

    Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin in Australian Open final

    Sydney: As expected, world No. 1 Chen Long advanced to the final of Australian Open by defeating compatriot Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-finals on Saturday. Chen Long was tested at the beginning of first set when he was trailing 2-8. Chen recomposed himself  and started to find his rhythm to level the score at 8-8. He then managed to climb his way back to clinch the first set with 21-14. Chen Long has pretty much dominated the second set, saw off a tough fight from fellow teammate Tian Houwei 21-19 to book his place in the final.Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

    Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

  • Viktor Axelsen beat Lin Dan at Round 1 of Australian Open

    Sydney: Just before midnight at Sydney, the world #9 Viktor Axelsen won over the defending champion Lin Dan of China. The 6' 5" Dane proved too tall an order for Lin today. The height differential became a determining factor as soon as the Chinese found cause to worry which happened right after the final change of ends in the deciding game.Viktor Axelsen is only the third European who has ever defeated Lin Dan.

    Viktor Axelsen is only the third European who has ever defeated Lin Dan.

  • Sudirman Cup: Japan eliminates Denmark 3-2

    Dongguan: Japan eliminated Denmark in a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Friday after winning a nail-biting women`s double match and will play against South Korea in the semi-finals.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi seal the winning point for Japan at the 2015 Sudirman Cup quarter-finals.

    Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi seal the winning point for Japan at the 2015 Sudirman Cup quarter-finals.

  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth win maiden India Open Super Series

    New Delhi: Sunday was a huge day for Indian badminton where their home shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective India Open Super Series titles in front of a capacity home crowd in New Delhi.

    Saina Nehwal who became the first Indian women shuttler to ever achieve world number one ranking, got the better off former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand by winning 21-16 21-14 in 49 minutes.Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth for winning their maiden India Open title (photo: AFP)

  • India Open: Viktor Axelsen, Kidambi Srikanth to face off in final

    New Delhi: When he stunned the Chinese superstar Lin Dan to a 21-17, 15-21, 21-18 victory in 78 minutes in the men's singles quarter-final on Friday, Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia suddenly became the hot favorite to win this year's India Open Super Series. Unfortunately, it was a sad end to the Indonesian on Saturday when he was forced to retire from the tournament after suffering a lower back injury when playing Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men's singles semi-final.Viktor Axelsen has a bright future ahead of him (photo: scanpix)

    Viktor Axelsen has a bright future ahead of him (photo: scanpix)

  • Viktor Axelsen: Learning mandarin is important for career

    By Rod Gilmour

    England: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen is living proof that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    The 21-year-old is one of just three Europeans to have cracked the top 10 of the men's badminton world rankings.

    Axelsen is currently ranked ninth in the world. His fellow Danes, Jan O Jorgensen (second) and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (eighth), are the other two.Viktor Axelsen has bright future ahead of him

    Viktor Axelsen has bright future ahead of him

  • Denmark vs England in the European Mixed Team Championships final

    Leuven: Denmark and England both earned hard-fought victories on Saturday as they defeated Germany and Russia 3-2 respectively in the European mixed team championships semi-finals, in Leuven, Belgium.Christinna Pedersen (right) & Kamilla Rytter Juhl secure Denmark a spot in the European mixed team championships final. (photo: Europe Badminton)

    Christinna Pedersen (right) & Kamilla Rytter Juhl secure Denmark a spot in the European mixed team championships final. (photo: Europe Badminton)

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