• Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago officially removed from BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Although Japanese young badminton star Kento Momota who has been denied a spot on Japan’s team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after receiving an indefinite suspension from the Nippon Badminton Association on April 10, 2016 for his visit to an illegal casino, but he hadn’t officially been removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ranking, until this Thursday.The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

    The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

  • Chen Long makes shock exit, Lin Dan advances at All England

    Birmingham: After World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei crashed out in shock All England defeat yesterday, World number one Chen Long of China slumped to a 19-21, 17-21 loss to compatriot Xue Song in the men's singles second round of the prestigious badminton event on Thursday, while Lin Dan advanced with a tight victory.Chen Long's defeat at All England throws men's singles race wide open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Chen Long's defeat at All England throws men's singles race wide open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lin Dan, Jan O Jorgensen reach German Open semifinals

    Mulheim: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China and Denmark’s Jan Ø. Jørgensen stayed on course for the men's singles final clash after they both advanced to the men's singles semi-finals at German Open on Friday."Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

    "Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

  • Indonesia seals dramatic Badminton Asia Team Championships victory

    Hyderabad: Although the Indonesian men's team has qualified for the Thomas Cup, they did not take Japan lightly in Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) final on Sunday. Both teams were neck and neck throughout the tie until Indonesia overcame Japan in an epic decisive fifth match to seal a 3-2 win.Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

    Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

  • Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong need 3 sets to advance at Mexico City GP

    Mexico City: Although still fresh from their victory at the USA Grand Prix last weekend, the men's doubles No. 2 seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong looked sluggish in the second set, and were pushed to three sets before beating Michael Fuchs/Johannes Schoettler of Germany 21-19, 14-21, 21-9 in the Mexico City Grand Prix quarter-finals on Friday. Goh and Tan will play Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech of Thailand to seek a final berth.Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong are on course to win the Mexico City GP title.

    Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong are on course to win the Mexico City GP title.

  • Lee Chong Wei to meet Wang Zhengming in French Open semis

    Paris: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will face world No. 9 Wang Zhengming of China in the semi-finals of the French Open after both players enjoyed quarter-final victories in Paris.

    Lee Chong Wei, winner at the 2011 French Open, needed just 36 minutes to beat world No. 22 Japanese Sho Sasaki in the quarter-finals.Lee Chong Wei should watch out for Wang Zhengming in the semi-finals.

    Lee Chong Wei should watch out for Wang Zhengming in the semi-finals.

  • 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!

  • China Open: Chen Long & Chong Wei Feng out, Lin Dan moves into 3rd round

    Fuzhou: World number two Chen Long from China who won last year's China Open, was out of the 2014 tournament after falling to world number 25, Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-13, 23-25, 19-21 in 85 minutes on Thursday.

    Chen Long netted an easy first game victory with 21-13 in just 18 minutes. Chen was leading by 17-10 in the second set before the resilient Zwiebler stormed back to level the score at 18-18, 19-19, and eventually won the second set 25-23; Chen Long and Marc Zwiebler again stayed neck and neck in the decider; Marc Zwiebler managed to stayed calm to eventually pull off the upset by defeating Chen 21-19. Marc Zwiebler console Chen Long after beating him at the second round of China Open

    Marc Zwiebler console Chen Long after beating him at the second round of China Open

  • (Video) China, Korea each win 2 titles at Asian Badminton Championships

    Lin Dan won his third and a hard-fought title in men's singles at the Asian Badminton Championships against Sho Sasaki of Japan 14-21, 21-9, 21-15 in the seesawLin Dan shows off his 2014 Asian Badminton Championship gold medal

    Lin Dan shows off his 2014 Asian Badminton Championship gold medal
    final that took 66 minutes in Gimcheon. This was his back to back win after last week's China Masters title. Lin got off to a sluggish start in the first set, Sho Sasaki took advantage of Lin Dan's sloppy mistakes, and reeled off the first set with a 21-14 win.

  • Lin Dan will face Sho Sasaki in Asia Badminton Championships Final

    Korea: Lin Dan is on course to a back to back title after he reached the men's singles final at the Asia Badminton Championships (ABC) on Saturday.

    Things looked so easy for Lin by beating compatriot Liu Kai 21-14, 21-13 in the semi-finals in just 27 minutes. Lin Dan has been so dominance in ABC, as he has yet to lose a set and win all his games with less than 34 minutes in Gimcheon.Sho Sasaki finised 5th at London Olympics.

    Sho Sasaki finised 5th at London Olympics.

    Lin will play against world number 23, Sho Sasaki of Japan, in Sunday's final. Sho Sasaki defeated Hwang Jong-Soo of South Korea 21-13, 21-15 in another semi-final.

  • Japan out to prove they are a force to be reckoned with (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: A fantastic showing by the men’s doubles shuttlers at the Korean Open last week, has raised Japan’s hope of putting in another strong challenge to the more fancied teams in the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May.

    Last week, their world No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa went down fighting 20-22, 20-22 to eventual champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the semi-finals. Keita Masuda: ' If our players can maintain their form until April, we may get a better seeding than Malaysia or Indonesia for the (Thomas Cup) Finals.'

    Their younger compatriots Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda, the world No. 15th, dumped second seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the opening round.

    National coach Keita Masuda believes they have enough depth to challenge all the teams, including Malaysia at the Finals.

    “Our senior and junior doubles players did well at the Korean Open and that augurs well ahead of the world team competition. We have strong men’s singles and doubles this time,” he said.

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