• Chong Wei Feng: I need to do better (pic)

    PASIR GUDANG: In the absence of the three-time All-England champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng needs to prove he can live up to the expectation as the second best men's singles in Malaysia.It's time for Chong Wei Feng to show he is the legitimate one

    Chong Wei Feng hopes he can at least reach the final of the championship while China are banking on their future stars for exposing them to more international tournaments.

  • Europe need to hit back at Asian domination: Badminton chief - Poul-Erik Hoyer

    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World badminton chief Poul-Erik Hoyer has warned that European players need to find urgent solutions after their disastrous performance at the All-England Open if they want to avoid a permanent power shift to Asia.
    Hoyer won two All-England men’s singles titles and an Olympic gold medal  for Denmark during the 1990’s, but last week’s tournament saw Europe fail to  achieve a semi-finalist spot in any of the five events for the first time in  the tournament’s 115-year history.
    With vast sums invested by some Asian countries, a fear that the sport  could become further dominated by one region, a potential threat to its Olympic  standing, has been increasing.
    And Hoyer, the President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), hinted at  possible European solutions needed whilst celebrating the phenomenal Asian  success.
    “Setting up combined facilities so European players can share and create  higher quality - that could be something which countries should think about,”  said Hoyer, who also became an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member  last month.
  • Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei regains All-England Open Crown (pic)

    Despite an ankle problem, Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to regain the All-England Open title by beating Chen Long from China in an impressively emphatic straight games win in Birmingham on Sunday.

    The world number one from Malaysia beat the titleholder from China 21-13, 21-18 - revenge for his loss to Chen in the final last year.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia poses with his trophy after beating Chen Long of China in their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles final match in Birmingham, central England. (AFP/CARL COURT)

    The variety of the 31-year-old's game was often mesmerising, and his focus was steely enough to resist determined second-game fight-backs by Chen from 4-10 to 9-10 and from 13-18 to 17-18 and to within the width of the net tape of getting to 18-all.

  • Lee Chong Wei has Chen Long revenge in his sights (pic)

    World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.

    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia prepares to return against Son Wan Ho of South Korea during their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles semi-final match in Birmingham, central England.

    The Malaysian did that with a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over Son Wan Ho, the in-form world number 11 from Korea, after being close to the exit at a game down and 15-17 and 17-18 down in the second.

    In those difficult moments, Lee played his most controlled badminton, either deep to the back-line or tight to the net, and picked his moments perceptively to apply the sudden moments of pressure which took him to his sixth successive All-England Open final.

    Son, by contrast, tended to over-press in the crises after playing a superb match in which he took advantage of Lee's error-tinged first game and also pushed on to an early four-point lead in the final game.

  • All-England Badminton Championship Final Results: Live

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP




    1. Starting at 12:00 PM WD
    Xiaoli Wang [1] (China)
    Yang (F) Yu (China)
    (China) Jin Ma
    (China) Yuanting Tang
    21-17 18-21 23-21     1:21
       2. Followed by MD
    Mohammad Ahsan [1] (Indonesia)
    Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
    (Japan) Hiroyuki Endo [2]
    (Japan) Kenichi Hayakawa
    21-19 21-19     0:45
       3. Followed by WS
    Shixian Wang [4] (China)
    (China) Xuerui Li [1]
    21-19 21-18     0:50
       4. Followed by MS
    Chong Wei Lee [1] (Malaysia)
    (China) Long Chen [2]
    21-13 21-18     0:59
       5. Followed by XD
    Tontowi Ahmad [2] (Indonesia)
    Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
    (China) Nan Zhang [1]
    (China) Yunlei Zhao
    21-13 21-17     0:42


  • All-England: No mercy for Wei Feng (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: There was no holding back indeed as world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei whipped Chong Wei Feng in the second round of the All-England on Thursday.

    Chong Wei, who is bidding for his third All-England crown, had previously warned that he will not hold back against training partner Wei Feng.Chong Wei Feng in a file photo. He went down to Lee Chong Wei 6-21, 12-21 in the All-England second round in just 35 minutes.

    And he certainly kept his word with a comprehensive 21-6, 21-12 win to make the quarter-finals.

    “I expected it to be really tough against Chong Wei and I prepared myself for it … but I didn’t expect it to turn out so bad,” said Wei Feng.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei will now meet exciting Japanese youngster Kento Momota in the last eight.

  • From friends to foes for Chinese Olympic champs

    LONDON: United, Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun stand as an unstoppable force in men's badminton doubles, hauling in four World Championships and an Olympic gold medal. Divided? One will have to fall when they meet at the All England badminton championships.

    The duo said they would continue to play together after winning gold in London in 2012, but the Chinese have been experimenting with their lineups and Fu is partnering Zhang Nan, while Cai is with Kai Lu in Birmingham.

    The new pairs will square off against each other in the first round proper.

    "The All England is an incredible tournament and everyone who plays here wants to win," said Fu.

  • Tough draw for Malaysians at All-England (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian shuttlers have been handed a tough draw for the All-England badminton championships, which will be held in Birmingham from March 4-9.

    According to the draw released Tuesday, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has a tricky first round match against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, who has a knack for rising to the occasion.Chen Long has an easier path than Lee Chong Wei at the All-England next month. Chen Long's opening round match is against former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

    The others in top seed Chong Wei’s top half of the draw are Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, China’s Du Pengyu, Malaysia’s Wei Feng and Japan’s Kenichi Tago and Kento Momota.

    If Chong Wei wins the opener, he will meet either Wei Feng or Marc Zwiebler of Germany before either Pengyu or Momota awaits him in the quarter-finals.



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