• Saina Nehwal pulls out of defending Syed Modi International

    Lucknow: World No. 2 women's singles shuttler Saina Nehwal has withdrawn from Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at the last-minute citing foot injury and a recurring fever.Saina Nehwal suffers foot injury at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries finals.

    Saina Nehwal suffers foot injury at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries finals.

  • Saina Nehwal receives the Padma Bhushan award

    Mumbai: Saina Nehwal has been confirmed to become the recipient of this year's Padma Bhushan award. The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, but comes before the Padma Shri.Congratulations to Saina Nehwal on this well deserved recognition!

    Congratulations to Saina Nehwal on this well deserved recognition!

  • Carolina Marin pulls out but Saina Nehwal begins new season at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold

    New Delhi: World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain who was the runner-up at last year's Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, have decided to pull out of the Grand Prix Gold tournament.Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin make a great rivalry in women's singles.

    Saina Nehwal (left) and Carolina Marin make a great rivalry in women's singles.

  • Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors, face Delhi Acers in PBL finals

    Hyderabad: World No. 2 women's singles player Saina Nehwal suffered a battling defeat to Li Han who has no world ranking in the semifinals of Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Friday.Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov were ecstatic after their victory on Friday. (photo: PTI)

    Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov were ecstatic after their victory on Friday. (photo: PTI)

  • Mumbai Rockets maul Hyderabad Hunters 4-1 in Premier Badminton League

    Hyderabad: Mumbai Rockets won their last three matches to score a come from behind victory against hosts Hyderabad Hunters 4-1 in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Monday.

    The Hunters who were playing without former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, got off to a good start with a closely fought women's singles contest where Supanida Katethong of Hyderabad defeated Liu Zi Die 13-15, 15-14, 15-14 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.Both Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido are key players for Hyderabad Hunters.

    Both Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido are key players for Hyderabad Hunters.

  • Saina Nehwal leads Awadhe Warriors past Bengaluru Top Guns 4-1 in Premier Badminton League

    Lucknow: Thai player Tanongsak S of Awadhe Warriors had to bring his A-game after his team fell behind early, before Saina Nehwal led the Warriors to come back from behind to win the tie 4-1 against Bengaluru Top Guns in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) clash on Wednesday.Saina Nehwal plays an important role in Awadhe Warriors' victory on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

    Saina Nehwal plays an important role in Awadhe Warriors' victory on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

  • Premier Badminton League: Cai Yun/Bodin Issara beat Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong

    Lucknow: The 2012 men's doubles Olympic Champion Cai Yun of China and Bodin Issara of Thailand teamed up to lead Awadhe Warriors to a convincing victory over Delhi Aces when the Chinese-Thai pair beat Malaysian duo Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 2-0 in India’s Premier Badminton League on Monday.Cai Yun (front) partners Hendra Gunawan in their India's Premier Badminton League debut last Saturday. (photo: 163)

    Cai Yun (front) partners Hendra Gunawan in their India's Premier Badminton League debut last Saturday. (photo: 163)

  • Chen Long wraps up a strong 2015 season at World No. 1

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long who capped a remarkable season by winning 8 titles in 2015, finished the year atop the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings with 96,931 ranking points.Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • BWF Superseries Finals: Chen Long, Carolina Marin in semis

    Dubai: Having already qualified for the BWF Dubai Superseries Finals semifinals, some might have thought that World No.1 Chen Long would take it easy against Jan O Jorgensen on Friday.Chen Long shakes hands with  Jan O Jorgensen after crushing the world No. 2 in straight sets.

    Chen Long shakes hands with Jan O Jorgensen after crushing the world No. 2 in straight sets.

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Saina Nehwal & Lee Chong Wei​ fetch USD 100,000 at India's Premier Badminton League auction

    New Delhi: Top stars Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei were the costliest buys, fetching a whopping USD 100,000, while Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were bought for USD 95,000 and USD 80,000 respectively at the rechristened Premier badminton League (PBL) players' auction here on Monday.Lee Chong Wei was making USD 135k in the 2013 edition, and now $USD 100k?

    Lee Chong Wei was making USD 135k in the 2013 edition, and now $USD 100k?

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin and Saina Nehwal sets sights on Dubai Superseries Finals title

    Dubai: After winning seven major titles including the World Championship and All-England men's titles, world No. 1 Chen Long hopes to finish the most successful year of his career by winning adding the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals title under his belt.The all-star badminton players pose for picture with the Superseries Finals organizers. (photo: BWF)

    The all-star badminton players pose for picture with the Superseries Finals organizers. (photo: BWF)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Li Xuerui absence from Dubai Superseries Finals

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Li Xuerui will not be playing in the World Super Series Finals in Dubai that was scheduled to kick off from December 9 to December 13. According to Badminton World Federation (BWF), they only select the top eight shuttlers after the 12 legs of Tournament to compete in the finale and each country can have a maximum of two players.Perhaps it's good time for both Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to take a short break before the busy 2016 season. (photo: Xinhua)

    Perhaps it's good time for both Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to take a short break before the busy 2016 season. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Minor change to the top 5 BWF rankings ahead of the Dubai World Superseries Finals

    Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings have remained relatively stable over the past week, as men's World No. 1 Chen Long geared up to lead the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals that will kick off in Dec 9.Chen Long remains overwhelming favorite to win the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

    Chen Long remains overwhelming favorite to win the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

  • Lee Chong Wei moves past Lin Dan to rank No. 3 in BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning back-to-back titles in China and Hong Kong in recent two weeks, Lee Chong Wei has shot up 3 spots in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that were released on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei achieves the unthinkable and finishes the 2015 season strong. (photo by Zan Azlee)

    Lee Chong Wei achieves the unthinkable and finishes the 2015 season strong. (photo by Zan Azlee)

  • Saina Nehwal & Wang Shixian withdraw from Hong Kong Open

    Hong Kong: World No. 2 women's singles shuttler Saina Nehwal who fell short in last week's China Open women's final against Li Xuerui, has pulled out of the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Open citing severe pain in her legs.Wish Wang Shixian a speedy recovery. (photo: AFP)

    Wish Wang Shixian a speedy recovery. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Lin Dan in an epic three-set China Open semis

    Fuzhou: In the latest “badminton classic” played by two of the greatest badminton players of all time, Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 on Saturday afternoon to move into the China Open finals.

    The 35th encounter between Lee and Lin on Saturday didn't just feel like a battle for a berth in a China Open final, but also the culmination of one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport.Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)
  • Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan to face off in much anticipated China Open semis

    Fuzhou: For the 35th time in their storied rivalry, the top two greatest badminton players of our era will cross swords in a highly anticipated China Open semi-finals on Saturday. For Lee Chong Wei, it is an opportunity for him to end his five-match losing streak against Lin Dan since March 2012 at All England. The last time Lee defeated Lin was at the Korea Open in Jan 2012.Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan book mouthwatering clash in China Open semis.(photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan book mouthwatering clash in China Open semis.(photo: AFP)
  • Chen Long continues dominance on unchanged top 10 in latest BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) world rankings have remained relatively stable over the past week, as there were no changes to the top 10 of men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.Both Jan Jorgensen (left) and Chen Long are probably the two best men's singles players this year.

    Both Jan Jorgensen (left) and Chen Long are probably the two best men's singles players this year.

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