• Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong beat Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in Australian Open semis

    Sydney: No. 7 seeds mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying bowed out of the Australian Open on Saturday after they went down to No. 8 seeds Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong of China.Lu Kai (back) and Huang Yaqiong at the 2016 Australian Open. (photo: ABO)

    Lu Kai (back) and Huang Yaqiong at the 2016 Australian Open. (photo: ABO)

  • Tai Tzu Ying shocks Wang Yihan to win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Chinese Taipei's women's singles shuttler Tai Tzu Ying stunned former World Champion Wang Yihan of China to lift her first ever Indonesia Open title on Sunday.

    The unseeded Tai, who has been in sizzling form since defeated 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the second round, dashed past No. 4 seed Wang Yihan 21-17, 21-8 in 34 minutes for the title.The 2016 Indonesian Open women's singles champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan stands on the podium next to runner-up Wang Yihan of China. (photo: AFP)

    The 2016 Indonesian Open women's singles champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan stands on the podium next to runner-up Wang Yihan of China. (photo: AFP)

  • Wang Yihan: Not easy to beat Carolina Marin

    Jakarta: Chinese women's singles shuttler Wang Yihan pulled off the biggest upset on Saturday when she stunned World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain 16-21, 21-11, 21-17 in 78 minutes to advance to the final of 2016 BCA Indonesia Open Super Series Premier.

    Both players gave their best performance of the tournament in the women's singles semi-finals but Wang appeared struggling in the first set as she was trailing the whole set to go down 16-21.Wang Yihan celebrates after a huge win against Carolina Marin in the semi-final of 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: Getty)

    Wang Yihan celebrates after a huge win against Carolina Marin in the semi-final of 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: Getty)

  • China beat Korea 3-1 to win 14th Uber Cup crown

    Kunshan: China's women's team was on a mission to retain the Uber Cup at home after their men's team suffered worst loss in China's Thomas Cup history when they were beaten by Korea in the men's quarter-finals.Congratulations to China's women's team for winning the 2016 Uber Cup title. (photo:AFP)

    Congratulations to China's women's team for winning the 2016 Uber Cup title. (photo:AFP)

  • Ratchanok Intanon, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir win Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Thailand shuttler Ratchanok Intanon who became the youngest women’s singles World Champion ever after she won the Championships in 2013 at the age of 18, has had a strong season so far. She clinched the Thailand Masters 2016 title in February, won last week's India Open and she was in fantastic form to outlast Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in straight-sets to lift the Malaysia Open crown on Sunday.Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after winning the Malaysia Open title. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after winning the Malaysia Open title. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lin Dan captures sixth All England title

    Birmingham: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan who had won the prestigious All England tournament in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, made history in the modern badminton era by capturing his sixth All England title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England on Sunday.Congratulations to Lin Dan for winning the 2016 All England title! (photo: Reuters)

    Congratulations to Lin Dan for winning the 2016 All England title! (photo: Reuters)

  • Tommy Sugiarto beats Kidambi Srikanth in hard-fought Indonesian Masters final

    Malang: Tommy Sugiarto survived a close call in in the Indonesian Masters men's final, needing three sets on Sunday to hold off Indian No. 1 seed Kidambi Srikanth 17-21, 21-13, 24-22 in 59 minutes.Tommy Sugiarto could move up to world's top 10 after his Indonesian Masters victory.

    Tommy Sugiarto could move up to world's top 10 after his Indonesian Masters victory.

  • Tommy Sugiarto sets up Indonesian Masters final against Kidambi Srikanth

    Malang: No. 2 seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia sailed into Indonesian Masters final with a comprehensive 21-18, 21-18 beat down of compatriot Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo in 35 minutes on Saturday. Not only had Sugiarto improved his head-to-head record against Prasetyo to 3-0 after Saturday's victory, the victory could potentially push Sugiarto who currently ranked World No. 12 to world's top 10 before the year end.Wish Tommy Sugiarto best of luck in the Indonesian Masters final.

    Wish Tommy Sugiarto best of luck in the Indonesian Masters final.

  • Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and P.V Sindhu exit Indonesian Masters

    Malang: Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin won a hard fought 3-set victory yesterday, but he couldn’t pull off another escape on Friday where the 24-year-old from Malaysia unable to play with his usual rhythm, went down in straight sets 13-21, 18-21 to Indonesian Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo.P.V Sindhu must be very tired after Macau Open.

    P.V Sindhu must be very tired after Macau Open.

  • Return of the King: Lee Chong Wei captures Hong Kong Open (video)

    Hong Kong: No one imagined he would, or could ever return to his athletic endeavor after spending eight months away from badminton court. Yet, with heart and soul made of steel, Lee Chong Wei defied all the odds, kept on fighting and created an inspiring comeback and re-established himself as true champion in the sport of badminton.Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

    Both Muhammad Ali and Lee Chong Wei are true champions of their sports. (photo: Maxim)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Ng Ka Long to meet Tian Houwei in Hong Kong Open final

    Hong Kong: Unseeded former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei put on an impressive display against local favorite Angus Ng Ka Long at the Hong Kong Open semi-finals, stretching his head-to-head record against the Hong Konger to 3-0 with a 21-19, 21-14 victory at Hong Kong Coliseum on Saturday.Lee Chong Wei defeats Ng Ka Long in Hong Kong Open semi-finals. (photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei defeats Ng Ka Long in Hong Kong Open semi-finals. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Lee Chong Wei too strong for Chen Long in China Open final (video)

    Fuzhou: With his flawless performance against the current world No. 1 and an opponent seven years younger than him, former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has once and for all silenced his critics by winning the China Open title for the first time on Sunday by defeating Chen Long of China in 50 minutes.Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

  • Angus Ng Ka Long, Akane Yamaguchi win Bitburger Open

    Saarbrucken: No. 13 seed Angus Ng Ka Long sent compatriot No. 12 seed Vincent Wong Wing Ki packing in ruthless fashion 21-12, 21-13 to win the Bitburger Open men's single title on Sunday.Congratulations to Angus Ng Ka Long on winning the Bitburger Open.

    Congratulations to Angus Ng Ka Long on winning the Bitburger Open.

  • Vincent Wong & Angus Ng advance to Bitburger finals, Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei exit

    Saarbrucken: Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong advanced to the Bitburger Open men's finals on Saturday to set up his first encounter against compatriot Angus Ng Ka Long since July 2010.Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark are doing really well in recent tournaments.

    Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark are doing really well in recent tournaments.

  • Lin Dan still going strong, Yu Xiaohan/Ou Dongni dropped from China World Championships team

    Chengdu: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan's recent form has been a bust as he only won the Asia Championships but fell short in other six tournaments he has participated this year.Lin Dan shows he is ready for World Championships by defeating Chen Long at training camp.

    Lin Dan shows he is ready for World Championships by defeating Chen Long at training camp.

  • Wang Shixian, Boe and Mogensen won India Open

    NEW DELHI: In an all-Chinese women's singles final, Wang Shixian and Li Xuerui engaged in energy-sapping rallies. The result was a high-octane match as the lead changed hands frequently.Wang Shixian is on fire since winning All England last month

    Wang Shixian is on fire since winning All England last month

    Li had opened up a slim 4-2 lead early on first set but soon Wang took early lead to move up 14-10 in the first game. Li opened up a slender lead of 18-16 with the help of her accurate half smashes and smashes and reached 20-18 after grabbing two more points.

  • Juhl unfazed by depth in Chinese doubles’ game (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Danish doubles specialist Kamilla Rytter Juhl believes that China’s women’s doubles players have an ace up their sleeves with the constant changing of partnerships.

    At the Maybank Malaysian Open, the versatile Ma Jin has been paired up with youngster Tang Yuanting for the first time in an obvious bid to select the best combinations for the Uber Cup that will be held in New Delhi, India, in May – and also with an eye on the Asian Games.Danish pair Christinna Pedersen (left) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl return a shot to Korean pair Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won during their first-round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. The Danish pair won 16-21, 21-11, 21-17.

    But while Juhl admits that China are blessed to have an abundance of strong doubles players, she believes that they are not unbeatable.

    “China are very lucky because they have at least 10 strong women’s doubles shuttlers who can play with anyone and still win,” said Juhl.

    “That makes it very difficult for us and the rest because we have to try to keep up with their different combinations.

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