• Tai Tzu Ying becomes first Taiwanese to win All England

    Birmingham: In the All-England Open badminton women’s singles final between Taiwan's top seed Tai Tzu-ying and Thailand's No. 5 seed Ratchanok Intanon, the World No. 1 Taiwanese ended the match with a gutsy 21-16, 22-20 win over the former World Champion from Thailand.Tai Tzu Ying (L) poses the All England trophy with Ratchanok Intanon. (photo: AFP)

    Tai Tzu Ying (L) poses the All England trophy with Ratchanok Intanon. (photo: AFP)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying win semis, Ratchanok Intanon vs Tai Tzu-ying in All England finals

    Birmingham: No. 6 seeds Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying's astonishing form continued in Birmingham as the Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists advanced to the 2017 All England final for the first time in their career on Saturday.Wish Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying the best in All England final. (photo: AFP)

    Wish Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying the best in All England final. (photo: AFP)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying, Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock in All England Semis

    Birmingham: Chan Peng Soo/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia continued the momentum that catapulted them to the victory against Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui of China on Thursday, though trailing 16-20 in the first set, the Malaysian pair reeled off four straight points forcing a deuce and subduing Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping of China to eventually claim the first set 23-21 in the All England quarter-finals on Friday.Chris & Gabby Adcock celebrate after beating Olympic Champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir in All England quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Chris & Gabby Adcock celebrate after beating Olympic Champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir in All England quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying serve up sweet revenge against Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui at All-England

    Birmingham: It was another thrilling match, but it was a reversal of fortune for the Rio Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia when they played with a majestic exhibition to beat Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui of China at All England on Thursday, avenging their 13-21, 21-18, 23-25 quarter-final defeat in last week's German Open.Goh Liu Ying/Chan Peng Soon celebrate after beating Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui in All England second round. (photo: AFP)

    Goh Liu Ying/Chan Peng Soon celebrate after beating Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui in All England second round. (photo: AFP)

  • Kim Sarang/Koo Kien Keat, Goh Giap Chin lead Petaling Jaya to win 2016/2017 Purple League

    Kuala Lumpur: After losing the first two matches, Kim Sarang/Koo Kien Keat and Goh Giap Chin led Petaling Jaya BC in a scintillating comeback in the 2016/2017 Purple League final at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting on Sunday, swept aside the star-studded Puchong United 13-9 to win their first Purple League title.Congratulations to Petaling Jaya BC for winning the 2016/2017 Purple League title. (photo: Asyraf Hamzah)

    Congratulations to Petaling Jaya BC for winning the 2016/2017 Purple League title. (photo: Asyraf Hamzah)

  • Puchong United, Petaling Jaya set up 2016/2017 Purple League final

    Genting: Puchong United BC trashed defending champions Muar BC 11-4 in a one-sided Stage 2 of the 2016/2017 Purple League semi-final to set up a final showdown with Petaling Jaya on Sunday.Christinna Pedersen/Yoo Yeon Seong are a solid mixed doubles pair for Puchong United BC. (photo: Purple League)

    Christinna Pedersen/Yoo Yeon Seong are a solid mixed doubles pair for Puchong United BC. (photo: Purple League)

  • Puchong United, Petaling Jaya storm into Purple League semis

    Genting: The Stage 2 of 2016/2017 Purple League kicked off Thursday at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting where both Puchong United and Petaling Jaya able to secure their semi-final spots respectively.Wang Yihan loses her Purple League debut on Thursday. (photo: Purple League)

    Wang Yihan loses her Purple League debut on Thursday. (photo: Purple League)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Tai Tzu Ying hold steady at the top of BWF ranking

    Kuala Lumpur: The latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings for the week of February 2, 2017 showed little changes in the top 10 as Lee Chong Wei and Tai Tzu Ying once again finished first in the men's singles and women's singles category.Lee Chong Wei hangs onto No. 1 at BWF ranking. (photo: AP)

    Lee Chong Wei hangs onto No. 1 at BWF ranking. (photo: AP)

  • Tai Tzu Ying, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan win BWF World Superseries title

    Dubai: World No. 1 women's singles player Tai Tzu Ying whose father is a firefighter in Taiwan, made Taiwanese badminton history Sunday by becoming the first Taiwanese player to ever win two BWF Superseries Finals titles.Congratulations to Tai Tzu Ying for winning the 2016 BWF World Superseries title. (photo: AFP)

    Congratulations to Tai Tzu Ying for winning the 2016 BWF World Superseries title. (photo: AFP)

  • Dubai World Superseries Finals: Sung Ji-Hyun to play Tai Tzu Ying in final

    Dubai: The women's singles semifinal at Dubai World Superseries Finals between Sung Ji-Hyun of Korea and P.V Sindhu was billed as a matchup between the defensive skills of Sun Ji-Hyun and the offensive skills of P.V Sindhu.Sung Ji-Hyun plays incredible defense in the semi-final to beat P.V Sindhu. (photo: AFP)

    Sung Ji-Hyun plays incredible defense in the semi-final to beat P.V Sindhu. (photo: AFP)

  • P.V. Sindhu beats Carolina Marin to reach Dubai World Superseries Finals semis

    Dubai: A large crowd turned up on Friday to give their support to India's P.V Sindhu as they witnessed the rematch of Rio Olympics women's singles final between Sindhu and Carolina Marin of Spain at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai on Friday.P.V. Sindhu will go into semi-final with alot of confidence after victory over Carolina Marin in the last Group match. (photo: AFP)

    P.V. Sindhu will go into semi-final with alot of confidence after victory over Carolina Marin in the last Group match. (photo: AFP)

  • Tai Tzu Ying overtakes Carolina Marin and becomes World No. 1

    Taipei: Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying is now officially the best women's singles player on the planet.

    In the latest world rankings published Thursday by Badminton World Federation (BWF), the 22-year-old Taiwanese player was listed as No. 1 women's singles player with 78,651 points, followed by Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain with 77,750 points.Congratulations to Tai Tzu Ying for becoming World No. 1. (photo: AP)

    Congratulations to Tai Tzu Ying for becoming World No. 1. (photo: AP)

  • P.V Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open to focus on Superseries finals

    Hyderabad: World No. 9 women's singles player P.V Sindhu who had won her maiden Superseries title at China Open and reached the Hong Kong Open final in last two weeks, has decided to pull out of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold which began on Tuesday in preparation for the Dubai Superseries finals.P.V Sindhu has a bright future ahead of her. (photo: AP)

    P.V Sindhu has a bright future ahead of her. (photo: AP)

  • Tai Tzu-Ying wins Hong Kong Open and rises to World No. 1

    Hong Kong: Taiwan's World No. 3 women's singles player Tai Tzu-Ying won her second Superseries title of the season on Sunday by beating Olympic silver medalist P.V Sindhu of India 21-15, 21-17 in 41 minutes to lift the Hong Kong Open title.Tai Tzu-Ying and P.V. Sindhu pose on the podium. (photo: AP)

    Tai Tzu-Ying and P.V. Sindhu pose on the podium. (photo: AP)

  • Tai Tzu Ying beats Carolina Marin to play P.V Sindhu in Hong Kong final

    Hong Kong: Taiwan’s World No. 3 women's singles player Tai Tzu-Ying showed off her remarkable overheads and slicing drop shots along with precise servings to overpower World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain 21-17, 14-21, 21-16 in 68 minutes on Saturday to make the Hong Kong Open final.Tai Tzu Ying tries to defend her Hong Kong Open title against P.V Sindhu. (photo: AP)

    Tai Tzu Ying tries to defend her Hong Kong Open title against P.V Sindhu. (photo: AP)

  • P.V. Sindhu, Carolina Marin on course for fiery Hong Kong Open final meeting

    Hong Kong: World No. 9 P.V Sindhu of India and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain are on course for a rematch of the Olympic final at the ongoing Hong Kong Open after both advanced to the semi-finals respectively on Friday.Carolina Marin is on track to end the year on a high note. (photo: AP)

    Carolina Marin is on track to end the year on a high note. (photo: AP)

  • Iskandar Zainuddin beats Qiao Bin to reach China Open semis

    Fuzhou: Revenge proved sweet for Malaysia's World No. 33 men's singles player Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin as he battled past reigning Korean Open champion Qiao Bin with a 21-19, 21-7 victory over the Chinese in Friday's China Open quarter-finals.Iskandar Zainuddin celebrates after his quarter-finals victory at the 2016 China Open. (photo: AP)

    Iskandar Zainuddin celebrates after his quarter-finals victory at the 2016 China Open. (photo: AP)

  • Akane Yamaguchi & Tai Tzu Ying bow out of French Open

    Paris: Both women's singles finalists of last week's Denmark Open, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan were knocked out of the French Open on Friday.Perhaps Akane Yamaguchi is getting tired after her Denmark Open victory last week. (photo: AP)

    Perhaps Akane Yamaguchi is getting tired after her Denmark Open victory last week. (photo: AP)

  • Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, Akane Yamaguchi win Denmark Open

    Odense: Olympic women's doubles champions and No. 1 seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi faced the biggest challenge of their tourney at Denmark Open on Sunday when they needed 68 minutes to battle back from a set down to beat No. 2 seeds Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 19-21, 21-11, 21-16 to win the Denmark Open women's doubles title.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi would continue to be the dominant women's doubles pair in the world in the next few years.

    Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi would continue to be the dominant women's doubles pair in the world in the next few years.

  • Carolina Marin bows out of Denmark Open

    Odense: Women's singles No. 1 seed and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain fought through grueling 82 minutes three-set thriller before going down to No. 8 Akane Yamaguchi in the Denmark Open semi-finals on Saturday.Carolina Marin probably need more time to get back to peak form after the Rio Olympics.

    Carolina Marin probably need more time to get back to peak form after the Rio Olympics.

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