• Ratchanok Intanon, Li Xuerui advance to BAC 2nd round

    Wuhan: World No. 1 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand was in ruthless form on Wednesday as she surged through to the second round of the 2016 Badminton Asia Championship (BAC) with a 21-7, 21-11 victory over qualifier Malaysian shuttler Ho Yen Mei in 28 minutes. Intanon will battle Japanese Sayaka Sato in the second round on Wednesday.Li Xuerui wins a tought match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

    Li Xuerui wins a tought match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

  • Sony Dwi Kuncoro holds nerve to stun Lin Dan in Singapore

    Singapore: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was dumped out by the veteran from Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro on a day when men's doubles and mixed doubles No. 1 seeds were also sent packing at the Singapore Open semi-finals.

    The Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan looked sluggish in the opening game as Kuncoro crossed the finish line with a 21-10 easy win.

    Lin Dan fought back while trailing 9-10 to win the second set 21-17 and forced a decider.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Chen Long and Carolina Marin make shocking Singapore Open exits

    Singapore: World No. 1 men's singles shuttler Chen Long of China was sent packing by Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long on Friday.

    Chen's hope of capturing his first ever Singapore Open title fizzled out as he sank to a 14-21, 18-21 defeat against the World No. 14 Angus Ng. In their previous encounter, Ng lost to Chen at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships.Angus Ng Ka Long(above), arms raised in triumph after defeating Chen Long in the quarter-finals of Singapore Open. (photo: Xinhua)

    Angus Ng Ka Long(above), arms raised in triumph after defeating Chen Long in the quarter-finals of Singapore Open. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Lin Dan to meet Chou Tien Chen in German Open final

    Mulheim: World No. 5 Lin Dan will face Chou Tien Chen in a German Open final for the first time on Sunday at Mulheim, Germany.

    The two time Olympic Champion Lin Dan held off the challenge from Son Wan Ho of Korea, winning 21-12, 21-13 to reach the German Open final on Saturday.Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

    Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

  • P.V. Sindhu downs Akane Yamaguchi to set up Minatsu Mitani final at Macau Open

    Macau: Two-time Macau Open defending champion P.V Sindhu's enduring brilliance and her sheer hatred of losing allowed her to withstand a stunning fightback by Akane Yamaguchi and remained undefeated at the Macau Open on Saturday.

    World No. 12 Sindhu got off to an excellent start in the first set as she took the game 21-8 in approximately 14 minutes.P.V. Sindhu to play Minatsu Mitani in the Macau Open final on Sunday. (photo: Macau Open)

    P.V. Sindhu to play Minatsu Mitani in the Macau Open final on Sunday. (photo: Macau Open)

  • 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.

  • Viktor Axelsen ready to clash against Lin Dan in Japan Open final

    Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen advanced to the final of Japan Open Superseries on Saturday after he defeated No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-19, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

    The Japan Open final is also Axelsen’s fourth career Superseries final.Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

    Perhaps the time is right for Viktor Axelsen to win a Superseries title. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei to meet Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in US Open final

    New York: Lee Chong Wei stayed on course for his US Open title after comfortably brushing aside B. Sai Praneeth of India 21-9, 21-17 in Saturday's semifinals.Wish Lee Chong Wei the best of luck in the US Open final.

    Wish Lee Chong Wei the best of luck in the US Open final.

  • Akane Yamaguchi is the women's player to watch out for

    Katsuyama, Fukui — Rising badminton star Akane Yamaguchi’s name was taken from the color of the sunset (akane-iro, a shade of red) because her parents believe a crimson-tinted sky signals clear weather is in the forecast for the next day.

    Indeed, the forecast for Yamaguchi seems to be calling for rosy success now after the Badminton World Federation chose the 17-year-old from a remote city in Fukui Prefecture as the Most Promising Player of the Year, to cap the young talent’s remarkable advancement this year.Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal winning her maiden China Open Super Series Premier women's singles title against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi (left) in Fuzhou, China on Nov 16, 2014.

    Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal winning her maiden China Open Super Series Premier women's singles title against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi (left) in Fuzhou, China on Nov 16, 2014.

  • Tai Tzu Ying defeats Saina Nehwal in semis of Dubai Superseries Finals

    Dubai: Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal lost 21-11, 13-21, 9-21 to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Saturday.

    World No.4 Saina had a very good start in the first game but the 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Tai produced an array of deceptive drop shots and combated Saina's smashes with sharp net play to win the match in 55 minutes.Tai Tzu Ying will clash with Sung Ji Hyun in women's final

    Tai Tzu Ying will clash with Sung Ji Hyun in women's final

  • Saina Nehwal to play Tai Tzu Ying in semis of Dubai Superseries Finals

    Dubai: India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semifinals at the BWF World Super Series Finals on Friday.

    The World No.4 Saina, a 2011 finalist at the prestigious event, fought back from a set down to better South Korea’s world number eight Bae Yeon-ju 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 to top Group A with a perfect record.Saina Nehwal will play Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the Superseries semi-final

    Saina Nehwal will play Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the Superseries semi-final

  • Chen Long & Zhao Yunlei are 2014 BWF player of the year

    Dubai: Chen Long and Zhao Yunlei of China won the 2014 best men's and women's player awards on Monday.

    2014 is a year of mixed results for world number two Chen Long. He failed to deliver for China at the Thomas Cup Finals in May. Playing at No.1, he lost to Kenichi Tago as China crashed out 0-3 to Japan in the semi-finals. Chen Long also lost to Son Wan-ho in the men's singles final of the Hong Kong Open in November as well as in the Incheon Asian Games team event final. Chen, however, won the Korea Open early this year and won his first world championships title in August, he also finished runner-up at All England and India Open. Zhao Yunlei, Chen Long, Akane Yamaguchi (from left)

    Zhao Yunlei, Chen Long, Akane Yamaguchi (from left)

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