• Chen Long, Carolina Marin maintain lead as world's No. 1 players

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long has widened his lead at No. 1 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings with his recent triumph at Chinese Taipei Open, now holding an additional 23,534 points advantage over the No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. As of July 30, 2015, Chen has been ranked world No. 1 men’s singles player for 32 consecutive weeks.Carolina Marin is working to recover in time for the World Championships.

    Carolina Marin is working to recover in time for the World Championships.

  • Vivian Hoo & Woon Khe Wei only Malaysians seeded for World Championships

    Jakarta: Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei have been named No. 12 seed at this year’s World Championships that will be held in Jakarta from 10 - 16 August 2015.Wish Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei (left) good luck for the upcoming World Championships.

    Wish Vivian Hoo/ Woon Khe Wei (left) good luck for the upcoming World Championships.

  • Lee Chong Wei loses quarter-final to Chen Long at Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Badminton fans hoping to watch one of the most storied badminton challenges of all-time: The Lee Chong Wei - Lin Dan rivalry, may well have to wait until the World Championships in August, after Lee Chong Wei suffered a hard-fought 21-17, 20-22, 13-21 loss to world No. 1 Chen Long in the quarter-final of Chinese Taipei Open on Friday. Chen improved his head-to-head record against Lee to 11-9 after the victory.Lee Chong Wei's defeat to Chen Long (left) could be a good thing as he gets ready for the World Championships. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei's defeat to Chen Long (left) could be a good thing as he gets ready for the World Championships. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Chen Long among the big-names at Chinese Taipei Open

    Taiwan: After claiming back-to-back titles in both US Open and Canada Open recently, and after welcoming his newborn son last week, badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia will again be the sentimental favourite when the main draw of Chinese Taipei Open gets under way on Wednesday. Unlike his recent two tournaments at North America, Lee could face world No. 1 Chen Long of China in quarter-finals, and could possibly set up a mouthwatering final clash with his nemesis Lin Dan in the final.Lee Chong Wei speaks to the media during a press conference at Chinese Taipei Open on Tuesday. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei speaks to the media during a press conference at Chinese Taipei Open on Tuesday. (photo: Reuters)

  • BWF Rankings: Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong jump 20 places to 73rd

    Kuala Lumpur: After clinching the USD 15,000 ´White Nights 2015´ International Challenge last week, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (a.k.a the diamond pair) continued their upward trajectory to rise at world No. 73 in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday.Hope Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong could maintain their upward momentum until Rio 2016.

    Hope Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong could maintain their upward momentum until Rio 2016.

  • Lee Yong-dae leads Korea to win mixed team gold at Universiade

    Gwangju: South Korea won the mixed team gold medal in badminton at the Universiade on Wednesday.South Korean badminton players Lee Yong-dae (L) and Ko Sung-hyun celebrate their gold medal in the mixed team event with a victory over China at the Summer Universiade in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, on July 8, 2015. (Yonhap)

    South Korean badminton players Lee Yong-dae (L) and Ko Sung-hyun celebrate their gold medal in the mixed team event with a victory over China at the Summer Universiade in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, on July 8, 2015. (Yonhap)

  • Lee Chong Wei slips to 180th in world badminton rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Former world number one shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei's ranking had taken a sharp nose dive in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. Chong Wei fell 101 spots to world No. 180. However, he is expected to rise up in the rankings starting next week.Lee Chong Wei should find his ranking to start increasing gradually.

    Lee Chong Wei should find his ranking to start increasing gradually.

  • Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong ousted from Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s top men’s doubles players, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, failed to clinch a spot in the final round of the BCA Indonesia Super Series Premier Badminton Open on Saturday after they were defeated by Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China in the semifinal round 20-22, 21-18, 15-21.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

    Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan lost to Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng at Indonesia Open semis. (photo: Badminton Indonesia)

  • Chen Long in quarters, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong ousted from Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: As one of the qualifying tournaments for next year’s Rio Olympics, this week’s BCA Indonesia Open has been more competitive than its previous editions.Mohammad Ahsan (back) and Hendra Setiawan are hoping for a good result at Indonesia Open

    Mohammad Ahsan (back) and Hendra Setiawan are hoping for a good result at Indonesia Open

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin win Australian Open

    Sydney:   World No. 1 Chen Long of China came through a thrilling three-set victory over dark horse Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-12, 14-21, 21-18 to win the Australian Open men's singles title on Sunday.Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

    Chen Long was taken to three games before downing Denmark`s Viktor Axelsen to win the Australian Open.

  • Chen Long, Carolina Marin in Australian Open final

    Sydney: As expected, world No. 1 Chen Long advanced to the final of Australian Open by defeating compatriot Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-19 in the men’s singles semi-finals on Saturday. Chen Long was tested at the beginning of first set when he was trailing 2-8. Chen recomposed himself  and started to find his rhythm to level the score at 8-8. He then managed to climb his way back to clinch the first set with 21-14. Chen Long has pretty much dominated the second set, saw off a tough fight from fellow teammate Tian Houwei 21-19 to book his place in the final.Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

    Chen Long would have a headache in the Australian men's final if Viktor Axelsen continue his strong play on Sunday.

  • Lin Dan, Saina Nehwal aim to defend Australian Open Title

    Sydney: The world’s top badminton players assembled in Sydney this week as the 2015 Australian Open has kicked off under sunny blue skies at Australia on Tuesday.Saina Nehwal of India, Lin Dan of China and Gronya Somerville of Australia (from left) pose in front of the Sydney Opera House (Photo: Fairfax Media).

    Saina Nehwal of India, Lin Dan of China and Gronya Somerville of Australia (from left) pose in front of the Sydney Opera House (Photo: Fairfax Media).

  • Lee Chong Wei still World No. 46 after Sudirman Cup? It's confusing!

    Kuala Lumpur: Despite being able to pull off strong comebacks by defeating world No. 34 Lee Dong Keun, world No. 4 Kidambi Srikanth, and world No. 5 Son Wan Ho at the 2015 Sudirman Cup, it's very confusing to see Lee Chong Wei to still remained at world No. 46 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that updated on Thursday, May 21, 2015.Picture 1: Lee Chong Wei's BWF rankings for the week of May,14,2015

    Picture 1: Lee Chong Wei's BWF rankings for the week of May,14,2015

  • Japan ousts Korea 3-2, to play China in Sudirman Cup final

    Dongguan: In a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Saturday, after Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara unexpectedly won an one-sided mixed doubles match against world No. 8 Kim Ha Na/Ko Sung Hyun 21-14, 21-15 in 37 minutes, Japan eliminated 3-time Sudirman Cup champion South Korea 3-2 in the semi-finals, clinching a final berth to clash against China on Sunday.Yoo Yeon-Seong/Lee Yong-Dae (right) have a lot of fans in Dongguan, China

    Yoo Yeon-Seong/Lee Yong-Dae (right) have a lot of fans in Dongguan, China

  • Sudirman Cup: Lee Chong Wei only bright spot as Malaysia bow out 1-3 to Korea

    Dongguan: Malaysia were hoping that history would repeat itself in the Sudirman Cup quarter-finals after they stunned Korea 3-2 in their first tie in Group 1D four days ago. However, Malaysia came up just short on Thursday with a 1-3 loss to three-time champions Korea.Despite loss of Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei has made a brilliant comeback at the 2015 Sudirman Cup.

    Despite loss of Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei has made a brilliant comeback at the 2015 Sudirman Cup.

  • Lin Dan, Intanon Ratchanok win Badminton Asia Championships

    Wuhan: The five-time world champion and twice Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan of China successfully defending the Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday. Lin defeated compatriot Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-8 in 50 minutes to retain the title he won last year in South Korea.Lin Dan (right) beats Tian Houwei to win his fourth Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday.

    Lin Dan (right) beats Tian Houwei to win his fourth Badminton Asia Championships title on Sunday.

  • Chen Long defeats Lin Dan to capture Malaysia Open title

    Kuala Lumpur: Reigning World champion Chen Long of China overcame compatriot and five-time World champion Lin Dan 20-22, 21-13, 21-11 in an hour and 18 minutes to secure the Malaysia Open Superseries men's singles title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

    The 31-year-old Lin Dan was defeated by Malaysia's badminton superstar Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the Malaysia Open in 2012, and failed to capture the title again in the absence of Lee.Chen Long and Lin Dan (left) play a great men's singles final match at Malaysia Open on Sunday

    Chen Long and Lin Dan (left) play a great men's singles final match at Malaysia Open on Sunday

  • Down goes Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in 1st round of All England

    England: In the biggest upset at the 1st round of All England, scrappy Denmark men’s doubles pair Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding played neck and neck with world number one Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea, and ultimately shocking the Korean pair 21-16, 21-19 in 49 minutes.Lee Yong Dae (back) and Yoo Yeon Seong suffer 1st round exit at the All England

    Lee Yong Dae (back) and Yoo Yeon Seong suffer 1st round exit at the All England

  • Park Joo-bong - South Korea's badminton legend

    By Kwon Ji-youn
    Long before there was Lee Yong-dae, there was Park Joo-bong.

    Lee may be the current badminton mogul, but Park owns five world championship titles and has conquered 72 international competitions. On the contrary, Lee, his successor, has yet to top the world championship podium.Park Joo-bong is currently the head coach of the Japan national badminton team.

    Park Joo-bong is currently the head coach of the Japan national badminton team.

  • Lessons we can learn from Lee Yong-dae's doping case

    By Nam Hyun-woo

    'Proving intent critical in doping case'

    Seoul: One year before the revelations that Olympic star swimmer Park Tae-hwan had failed a drug test after being injected with a banned substance, Korean gold medalist in badminton, Lee Yong-dae, shocked the nation with a doping scandal of his own.Lee Yong-dae (left) and Park Tae-hwan are among the most popular male athletes in Korea.

    Lee Yong-dae (left) and Park Tae-hwan are among the most popular male athletes in Korea.

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