• Lee Chong Wei vows to return to World No. 1 before Rio

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning his Malaysia Masters title last week, Lee Chong Wei advanced 3 spots to World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei is an official brand ambassador for XOX mobile. (photo: Bernama)

    Lee Chong Wei is an official brand ambassador for XOX mobile. (photo: Bernama)

  • Malaysia Purple League: Ampang Jaya win despite Kento Momota's loss

    Kuala Lumpur: Kento Momota may have lost his match against Evert Sukamta in the tie between Ampang Jaya BC and Klang United BC on Tuesday, but it had no impact on the final outcome as Ampang United already cemented the victory with 10-4 lead even before Momota stepped onto the court to play the second men's singles match.Kento Momota is considered the best Japanese player of his generation.

    Kento Momota is considered the best Japanese player of his generation.

  • 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)

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin cruise in BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals openers

    Dubai: First day in the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex served up couple of surprises, as some of tournament favorites were defeated on Wednesday.Carolina Marin is going strong at Dubai World Superseries Finals. (photo: GettyImages)

    Carolina Marin is going strong at Dubai World Superseries Finals. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Kento Momota to lead Petaling Jaya over Ampang Jaya

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei who was making his maiden appearance in Malaysia’s Purple League at Sports Arena Sentosa on Saturday, defeated Kento Momota 11-9, 11-10, 6-11, 11-7 to lift Petaling Jaya past Ampang Jaya with the final score of 13-9.It's fun to see Lee Chong Wei plays against Kento Momota in Purple League. (photo: Lau Theng Foong)

    It's fun to see Lee Chong Wei plays against Kento Momota in Purple League. (photo: Lau Theng Foong)

  • Kenichi Tago quits Japan national team

    Tokyo: Kenichi Tago who played a critical role in defeating China in the semifinals of the 2014 Thomas cup tournament, has decided to quit the Japan national team starting on October 1. The Nippon Badminton Association had announced that Tago will be competing as an independent shuttler going forward.Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

    Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei's loss to Lin Dan not devastating

    Tokyo: Even though a lot of badminton fans were hoping Lee Chong Wei could beat Lin Dan in the second round of Japan Open, but the cold reality is that Lin Dan who was not in the prime of his career, could still deliver a fatal blow to Lee by winning 25th time in their 34 meetings on Thursday.Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei walking into the court to get ready for their match on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei walking into the court to get ready for their match on Thursday. (photo: AFP)

  • Japan bidding to host 2019 BWF World Championships

    Tokyo: Japan unveiled its bid for the 2019 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships as the world's top players continue the countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Kento Momota will only be 26 years old when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive.

    Kento Momota will only be 26 years old when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive.

  • Kento Momota becomes the rising badminton star for Japan

    Tokyo: Up-and-coming shuttler Kento Momota is rewriting Japan’s history in badminton at the international level at a remarkable pace.

    The 20-year-old won a bronze medal in men’s singles in Jakarta on Saturday, bringing the country its first men’s singles medal in the World Championships.

    “I woke up fresh in the morning, and I was light on my feet today,” Momota said after beating Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 21-6, 21-14 in the quarterfinals. “So I was able to play the match in a very positive frame of mind.”Kento Momota wins the 2015 Indonesia Open

    Kento Momota wins the 2015 Indonesia Open

  • Clash Of The Titans: Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long at World Championships final

    Jakarta: Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei advanced into his fourth straight world championships men's singles final in Jakarta on Saturday, after edging a resilient No. 2 Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark 21-7, 21-19 in 42 minutes.Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

    Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei & Chen Long progress, Lin Dan crashes out at World Championships

    Jakarta: One day after the tough challenge from Wang Zhengming on his World Championships campaign, Lee Chong Wei surged into the semi-finals in Jakarta on Friday after brushing aside Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-18 in the men's singles quarter-finals that lasted 35 minutes. Lee will face Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-finals.Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long advance into World Championships quarters

    Jakarta: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei came into Thursday afternoon's men's singles third round at the World Championships on a 13-match win streak against his opponent, No. 8 seed Wang Zhengming of China. In the end it was Lee who extended his streak over Wang to 14 matches, beating the Chinese 21-17, 21-19 to advance to the quarter-finals, where he will play Hu Yun who defeated No. 3 seed Kidambi Srikanth in the men's singles third round on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

  • Tommy Sugiarto, Derek Wong, Kento Momota cruise into 2nd round at World Championships

    Jakarta: Home favourite Tommy Sugiarto cruised into the second round of the badminton world championships, with a straight-game victory over European Games victor Pablo Abian as the tournament got under way on Monday in Jakarta.Tommy Sugiarto can definitely be dangerous at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)

    Tommy Sugiarto can definitely be dangerous at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei heads to Jakarta with boosted confidence

    Kuala Lumpur:  With four days to go before the start of the 2015 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is feeling confident heading into Jakarta, Indonesia.

    "Unlike past years, this year is very different for me, because I am not seeded in the tournament. There is no pressure on me, and I am looking forward to great matches at the world meet," said Chong Wei.Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

    Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota upstaged Denmark's defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen in the men's singles final, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon clinched the women's singles title at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

    Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

  • Kento Momota , Jan Jorgensen to clash in Indonesia Open final

    Jakarta: In a day full of upsets at the BCA Indonesia Open on Saturday, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap who defeated world number one Chen Long in the quarterfinals on Friday, lost 21-12 17-21 19-21 in a draining battle to eighth seed Kento Momota which lasted an hour and 11 minutes. The last time Kashyap and Momota played each other was two years ago, and the Japanese had emerged triumphant in their previous encounter as well.Jan Jorgensen on course to defend Indonesia Open crown.

    Jan Jorgensen on course to defend Indonesia Open crown.

  • 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.

  • Kento Momota, Sun Yu win Singapore Open

    Singapore: Kento Momota became the first Japanese man to win a Superseries badminton singles title when he beat Hong Kong's Hu Yun in a thrilling Singapore Open final on Sunday.Japanese Kento Momota (left) defeats Hu Yun of Hong Kong to win Singapore Open. (photo: AFP)

    Japanese Kento Momota (left) defeats Hu Yun of Hong Kong to win Singapore Open. (photo: AFP)

  • Simon Santoso, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian exit Singapore Open

    Singapore: Indonesian shuttler Simon Santoso's dreams of defending his Singapore Open Super Series title was shattered when he slumped to a 10-21, 13-21 defeat against Japan's Kento Momota in the men's singles semifinal at the Singapore Open on Saturday.Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

    Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

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