• 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)

  • Red hot Yamaguchi has feet firmly planted on the ground (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Akane Yamaguchi is only 16, but she is already being hailed as the next big star of women’s badminton.

    She rose to prominence last year by becoming the youngest-ever Super Series winner when she triumphed in the Japan Open, before turning on the style to bag the world junior title.Akane Yamaguchi beat Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014.

    And on Wednesday, the teenager showed exactly why she’s worth the hype with an incredible performance to stun reigning world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    Yamaguchi showed maturity beyond her tender years and excellent court coverage to rack up a 21-18, 23-25, 21-16 win in 63 minutes at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

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