• Singapore qualified for Thomas Cup spot after 28 years (pic)

    Singapore men's badminton gets a big boost by qualified in the Thomas Cup. It's women's team also booked spot for the prestigious Uber Cup, both will be held in New Delhi from 18-­25 May.

    "I couldn't believe it when I heard the news," said Derek Wong, the top men's singles in Singapore. Derek's father Wong Shoon Keat took Singapore to the Thomas Cup Finals in 1986.Derek Wong and the Singapore team are excited about a spot in the Thomas Cup

  • Indonesia's Thomas and Uber Cup squads are ready (pic)

    Indonesia has announced a list of players that will represent the country in the Thomas Cup, and Uber Cup, which will be held in New Delhi, India, from May 18 to 25.

    The list that released by The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), includes 30 players, comprising eight men's singles players and five men's doubles pairs with the Uber Cup team made up of six singles and four doubles pairs.Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are the strongest in years.

  • Rashid Sidek is trying to strengthen the Thomas, Uber Cups squad (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, after Datuk Misbun Sidek turned down the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM)'s offer to become the badminton supremo, they've decided that they started looking for a chief coach for both the singles and doubles departments.Rashid Sidek

    BAM has appointed Rashid Sidek as the singles chief coach, and as an interim coach for the doubles department for the time being. Meanwhile, Tan Kim Her’s contract has been extended to oversee the men’s doubles back-up shuttlers.

  • Lee Chong Wei: Chong Wei: Ramdan Misbun best candidate for final Thomas Cup single's slot (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — World number one men’s badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei is leaning towards Misbun Ramdan Misbun for the final spot in the the Thomas Cup team.
    Chong Wei further explained that Ramdan has been pretty consistent in every tournaments he had participated, and is currently ranked 48th in the world.Lee Chong Wei speaking to the media after receiving a cheque worth RM80,000 from the Badminton Association of Malaysia at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday. — ART CHEN / The Star

    Lee Chong Wei speaking to the media after receiving a cheque worth RM80,000 from the Badminton Association of Malaysia at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday. — ART CHEN / The Star

     

  • Misbun Ramdan Misbun is fighting to fill the vacant singles slot for Malaysia’s Thomas Cup squad (pic)

    Misbun Ramdan Misbun had asked for a two-day grace period for the Thomas Cup Finals selection trial  as he had just arrived from Romania on Tuesday night after winning his first international title this year – at the Romanian International on Sunday. It was his fifth international crown since leaving BAM to become an independent player in January last year.Ramdan will play in the Thomas Cup Finals selection trial on Friday.

  • Zulfadli eyeing Thomas Cup ticket (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Independent singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli has his international assignments all planned out for the next two months.

    And he is on a wing and a prayer that it will not clash with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s selection trial for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi.After enjoying a good run at the India Open Grand Prix Gold last month, Zulfadli Zulkiffli hopes to keep his momentum going in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22.

    Zulfadli, who is currently sponsored by Red Bull, will be taking part in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22 in Vienna, All-England (March 4-9), Swiss Open (March 12-17) and the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold (March 25-30) in Johor Baru.

    BAM have yet to fix a date although they had announced earlier that they would hold an open trial to give independent shuttlers a shot at making the cut for the world team event.

  • European stints crucial for Daren's Thomas Cup berth (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: A lot is at stake for singles shuttler Liew Daren when he takes part in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 25-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

    A good showing in these Europe tournaments will strengthen his position as one of the members of the team for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi. It will restore his self-confidence and it will also stop his world ranking from slipping further.A good showing in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and the All-England would strengthen Daren Liew's chances of being selected for the Thomas Cup squad.

    Based on the draw for the German Open released on Tuesday and in the absence of players from China in the tournament, world No. 36 Daren has a good chance to redeem himself.

    Daren, who is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) singles player going for the GP Gold, has been drawn in the same quarter as third-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and 11th seed Rajiv Ouseph of England.

  • China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

    China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

    Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

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