• 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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