• Iskandar Zainuddin, Chen Long advance to China Open quarters

    Fuzhou: With two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan's extramarital affair continued to dominate headlines for all the wrong reasons since Thursday morning, BadmintonPlanet would like to take the opportunity to give the ongoing China Open some much-deserved attention.It's nice to see Chen Long start playing badminton again. (photo: AP)

    It's nice to see Chen Long start playing badminton again. (photo: AP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong safely through to Denmark Open quarters

    Odense: World No. 1 men's singles player Lee Chong Wei shook off a stiff challenge from Indian player H. S. Prannoy to reach the Denmark Open quarterfinals with a 21-10, 22-20 victory on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei survives a scare against H. S. Prannoy in the 2016 Denmark Open 2nd round. (photo: Lars Ronbog)

    Lee Chong Wei survives a scare against H. S. Prannoy in the 2016 Denmark Open 2nd round. (photo: Lars Ronbog)

  • Malaysia badminton team is ready for Rio

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2016 Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on August 5, while there are global concerns over whether Rio de Janeiro is ready for the Olympics, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) acting president Tan Sri Mohamad Al Amin Abdul Majid has confirmed that the Malaysian shuttlers are all set to play at next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Lee Chong Wei to lead Malaysia's Olympic badminton challenge in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei to lead Malaysia's Olympic badminton challenge in Rio. (photo: GettyImages)

  • 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)

  • Carolina Marin beats Saina Nehwal to reach Indonesian Open semis

    Jakarta: World No. 1 women's shuttler Carolina Marin defeated India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal in straight sets 24-22, 21-11 in the last eight of Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Friday.Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Carolina Marin through to semis at the 2016 Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei on course for 6th Indonesian Open title & World No. 1

    Jakarta: Malaysia badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei edged closer to his sixth Indonesian Open title and the world number one ranking after moving into the quarterfinals in Jakarta today.

    The current world number two will wrest the top spot from China’s Chen Long who is not competing in the tournament, if he moves into the final, while his path to the title also looks clear since his arch rival Lin Dan of China was ousted in the second round by Jonathan Christie of Indonesia.Lee Chong Wei is going strong at the Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei is going strong at the Indonesia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan advance into Indonesian Open second round

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's badminton ace, Datuk Lee Chong Wei only took 35 minutes to get past the first round of the Indonesian Open at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta today.

    Chong Wei did not face any problem beating Indian player, Sameer Verna in straight sets 21-11 and 21-13 to set a meeting with Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the next round.With Chen Long's withdrawal, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are the favorites to win Indonesia Open. (photo: Getty)

    With Chen Long's withdrawal, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan are the favorites to win Indonesia Open. (photo: Getty)

  • Lee Chong Wei gets Malaysia off to good start in Thomas Cup

    Kunshan: Lee Chong Wei gave Malaysia the good start they had hoped for in their Thomas Cup tie against England by beating Toby Penty 21-15, 21-11 Sunday evening. England surprisingly decided to sit out Rajiv Ouseph, the number one ranked male badminton player in England to give him more rest before their next Thomas Cup tie against Korea on Monday.Lee Chong Wei signs autographs for fans after his men's singles match. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei signs autographs for fans after his men's singles match. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei to spearhead Malaysia's badminton team at 2016 Olympics

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei became the first Malaysian men's singles shuttler to make an unprecedented fourth trip to the Olympics in August, when Badminton World Federation (BWF) released its final list of qualifiers on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei uses a selfie stick to take photos. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei sails through in first round of Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: All eyes were on World No. 3 Lee Chong Wei as he walked on to the court on Wednesday. Greeted by cheers, the Malaysia badminton superstar who is bidding to become the first man to win the Malaysian Open for a record 11th time, made the home crowd very happy as he handed Japanese Takuma Ueda a first round loss by defeating the Japanese 21-11, 21-8 in the first round of Malaysia Open.Lee Chong Wei returns a shot against Takuma Ueda in the first round of Malaysia Open in Shah Alam. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei returns a shot against Takuma Ueda in the first round of Malaysia Open in Shah Alam. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei face uphill battle to qualify for Rio after scheduling mistake

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian top women's doubles pair Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei's road to Rio just got a little steeper.

    Badly miscalculated by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the mistake could cost the World No. 14th Hoo/Woon a place in the last 16 when the Olympic qualifying period ends on May 1st.Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei must play well in three major tournaments to boost hopes for Rio Olympics.

    Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei must play well in three major tournaments to boost hopes for Rio Olympics.

  • Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong exit, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong advance to Swiss quarters

    Basel: Malaysia's Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong marched into the quarter-finals of the 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament on Thursday after they smashed down Puavaranukroh Dechapol/Kedren Kittinupong of Thailand in straight sets of 21-10, 21-16 in 28 minutes to secure a quarter-final match up against Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge of England on Friday at St Jakobshalle Arena in Basel, Switzerland.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were defeated by Mathias Christiansen/David Daugaard in the second round of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Uwe Zinke)

    Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were defeated by Mathias Christiansen/David Daugaard in the second round of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Uwe Zinke)

  • Koo Kean Keat/Tan Boon Heong, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong in Swiss 2nd Round

    Basel: Despite fighting back from a set down to beat Ireland's Scott Evans 18-21, 23-21, 21-11 in the men's singles first round of Swiss Open yesterday, Malaysia's national champion Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin lost his second round match to Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia at the St. Jakobshalle Badminton Center in Basel when Zainuddin had to retire while trailing 9-17 in the second set due to injury.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are hoping for a good showing at the Swiss Open. (photo: Reuters)

    Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong are hoping for a good showing at the Swiss Open. (photo: Reuters)

  • Malaysia's women's team loses to Thailand 3-0 in BATC quaterfinals

    Hyderabad: The national women's badminton squad will be returning home early after losing 0-3 to Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asian Team Championships (BATC) at the G.M.C. Balayogi Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India Friday.Ratchanok Intanon leads Thailand women's team BATC semi-finals. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon leads Thailand women's team BATC semi-finals. (photo: GettyImages)

  • BATC: Goh Jin Wei only bright spot as Malaysia lost to China 1-4

    Hyderabad: The World No. 117 and 16 year-old Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia is only 1.58m in height, but she can certainly stand tall. Playing against a much taller and much experienced player World No. 11 Sun Yu from China with the height of 1.83m, the little Malaysian girl with big heart was charging up with energy attacks and pulling off one of the shocks of the tournament by beating Sun Yu 21-13, 21-16 in 42 minutes, scoring the only point won by Malaysia in the final Group A tie against China at the Badminton Asian Team Championships (BATC) in Hyderabad, India on Thursday.Goh Jin Wei is an amazing young shuttler with BIG heart and such a bright future ahead of her!

    Goh Jin Wei is an amazing young shuttler with BIG heart and such a bright future ahead of her!

  • BATC: Goh Jin Wei saves the day as Malaysia eliminate Hong Kong 3-2

    Hyderabad: Malaysia women's team capped off a stellar debut at the Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) on Tuesday as they marched on to a 3-2 victory over Hong Kong.Goh Jin Wei emerged as the hero for Malaysia with victory in the deciding encounter against Hong Kong on Tuesday.

    Goh Jin Wei emerged as the hero for Malaysia with victory in the deciding encounter against Hong Kong on Tuesday.

  • Soong Fie Cho's Olympic dream in jeopardy due to injury

    Kuala Lumpur: After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) on her left knee in the first round of Thailand Masters in Bangkok last Tuesday, the 2015 Singapore SEA Games women’s doubles gold medalist Soong Fie Cho's campaign to reach the 2016 Olympics could be in jeopardy.Wish Soong Fie Cho a quick recovery.

    Wish Soong Fie Cho a quick recovery.

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei make Thailand GPG semis

    Kuala Lumpur: It was mixed fortunes for the Malaysia team on Thursday at the ongoing Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Badminton Championships held at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Malaysia's campaign in the men's doubles ended on a disappointing note after both Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong fizzled out in quarter-finals.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying will play Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai in the Thailand Masters semis.

    Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying will play Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai in the Thailand Masters semis.

  • Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Lee Hyun-il, Ratchanok Intanon advance at Thailand Masters

    Bangkok: Predictably, Malaysian World No. 38 men's singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli made safe passage through to the third round of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Badminton Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday.Ratchanok Intanon is the overwhelming favorite in women's singles at Thailand GPG. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon is the overwhelming favorite in women's singles at Thailand GPG. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Mexico City GP: Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong ousted in semis

    Mexico City: About a day after celebrating their stunning comeback from a one set deficit against Heather Olver/Lauren Smith of England, women's doubles No. 1 seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei found themselves struggling to maintain control over Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito of Japan, crashing out of the Mexico City GP semi-final with 16-21, 21-23 in 51 minutes on Saturday.Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are one win away from the Mexico GP title.

    Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are one win away from the Mexico GP title.

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