• Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian & Wang Yihan's Olympic bid up in air

    By: Chan Kin-wa

    Beijing: With at least five players who have made top 16, the China badminton team officials will finalise their two choices for the women’s singles on July 18

    Top women’s badminton players from China, including defending singles champion Li Xuerui, will be forced to wait until the last moment before finding out whether they will go to the Rio Olympic Games.Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

    Wang Shixian, Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan (from left) are trying to squeeze into the 2 spots allocated for China in Olympics.

  • China in unstoppable form to beat Spain 5-0 at Uber Cup

    Kunshan: It's another easy 5-0 sweep for China in their third game at the Thomas and Uber Cup in Kunshan on Tuesday, this time against Spain.Wang Shixian fights from behind to stun World No. 1 Carolina Marin. (photo: AFP)

    Wang Shixian fights from behind to stun World No. 1 Carolina Marin. (photo: AFP)

  • China fill maximum slots for the 2016 Olympic

    Wuhan: After winning two out of five gold medals offered at the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) on Sunday, China has enough or in some categories, more than enough shuttlers to secure the maximum Olympic quota slots allocated for each country.Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

    Despite the match throwing scandal, we should give the Chinese shuttlers the respect they are due by winning golds in all five categories in London.

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Chen Long to win BAC title

    Wuhan: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei celebrated his fourth consecutive victories against World No. 1 Chen Long of China by beating the Chinese shuttler in the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) final to regain his second BAC title in Wuhan, China on Sunday.

    In the enthralling first set, Lee who won the BAC title in 2006, put on a furious fightback after trailing 11-15 to overtake Chen Long and wrapped up the set 21-17.Lee Chong Wei (2nd L) of Malaysia uses a selfie stick to take photos with the runner-up Cheng Long (L) of China and the third place Tian Houwei (3rd L) of China and Lin Dan (R) of China on the podium after winning the men's singles final match against Chen Long of China at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei (2nd L) of Malaysia uses a selfie stick to take photos with the runner-up Cheng Long (L) of China and the third place Tian Houwei (3rd L) of China and Lin Dan (R) of China on the podium after winning the men's singles final match against Chen Long of China at the 2016 Badminton Asia Championships. (photo: AFP)

  • Lin Dan eases into Singapore Open quarters

    Singapore: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was near flawless as he marched into the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan.

    The 19-year-old Jonatan offered little resistance to Lin, went down to the Chinese badminton superstar 13-21 in the first set.

    Lin looked untroubled when he concluded his straight-set victory by winning his second set 21-7. The No. 2 seed Lin Dan will take on No. 8 seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto on Friday.Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei advances as Lin Dan and Carolina Marin exit Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: No. 2 seed and 10-time Malaysia Open champion Lee Chong Wei sealed a semi-final spot at the Malaysia Open after overcoming Denmark player Viktor Axelsen at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Friday.

    Lee, ranked third in the world, displayed confidence and fine form in the 40-minute game with swift attacks and a sturdy defense to defeat Axelsen 21-14, 21-13.Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Tai Tzu Ying stuns Li Xuerui in Malaysia 2nd round

    Kuala Lumpur: The 2012 Olympic champion and second seed Li Xuerui was expected to saunter into the Malaysia Open quarter-finals on Thursday when she faced unseeded Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan, a player she had beaten in their previous 10 encounters.Tai Tzu Ying celebrates after defeated Li Xuerui in the second round of Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Tai Tzu Ying celebrates after defeated Li Xuerui in the second round of Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong exit, Wang Yihan cruises to Swiss finals

    Basel: Malaysia’s interest at the Swiss Open ended on Saturday with the exit of former World No. 1 men's doubles pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong.Tan Boon Heong/Koo Kien Keat cross rackets with Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin in the semi-final of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Swiss Open)

    Tan Boon Heong/Koo Kien Keat cross rackets with Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin in the semi-final of 2016 Swiss Open. (photo: Swiss Open)

  • Lin Dan, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong advance to All England Semis

    Birmingham: The most decorated player in the history of badminton, Lin Dan from China extended his dominance in the quarter-finals of All England on Friday when he foiled a stirring fightback from third-seeded Denmark shuttler Jan O Jorgensen, beating the Dane 10-21, 21-9, 21-15 in 67 minutes.Lin Dan roars to victory over Jan O Jorgensen in the All England quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan roars to victory over Jan O Jorgensen in the All England quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Chen Long ready to rumble at All England

    Birmingham: Badminton fans have plenty to look forward to as the 2016 All England will kick off its 117th edition on Tuesday.

    The Yonex All England Championships moved into the Barclaycard Arena only two days after the World Group 1st Round of Davis Cup ended on Sunday.Wish Lee Chong Wei best of luck at the 2016 All England. (photo: GettyImages)

    Wish Lee Chong Wei best of luck at the 2016 All England. (photo: GettyImages)

  • 2016 Chinese New Year greetings from Lee Chong Wei and other badminton stars

    Kuala Lumpur: The Chinese zodiac calendar, known as Sheng Xiao, is divided into 12 cycles. Each cycle lasts 12 months and is represented by an animal. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the "Red Fire Monkey," to be exact.Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia. (photo: Lee Chong Wei's Facebook)

    Lee Chong Wei - Malaysia. (photo: Lee Chong Wei's Facebook)

  • Lin Dan, Chen Long set to play at Singapore Open in April

    Singapore: China is expected to send over a strong men's and women's team for the OUE Singapore Open that offers prize money of US$350,000 ($500,000) slated to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from April 12 to 17.Singapore fans would like to see Lin Dan in action before he retires.

    Singapore fans would like to see Lin Dan in action before he retires.

  • Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, Chen Long top "Race to Rio – BWF Olympic Qualification Ranking”

    Beijing: Chinese mixed doubles players Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei, with 81,025 points, held on to the top spot in the Race to Rio – Badminton World Federation (BWF) Olympic Qualification Ranking released on Thursday. Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea, and Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin round out the top three, while Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir still lingered at No. 4.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

    Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are one of the sweetest couple in Badminton.

  • Lin Dan, Chen Long not competing in BATC

    Beijing: China have decided to send their men's squad for the Badminton Asian Team Championship (BATC) slated to be held in India from Feb 15 to Feb 21 without Lin Dan and Chen Long.

    Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan have also been excluded from the China women's BATC squad.China to ensure Chen Long and Lin Dan get enough rest time prior to Rio Olympic.

    China to ensure Chen Long and Lin Dan get enough rest time prior to Rio Olympic.

  • Chen Long wraps up a strong 2015 season at World No. 1

    Kuala Lumpur: Chen Long who capped a remarkable season by winning 8 titles in 2015, finished the year atop the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings with 96,931 ranking points.Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Chen Long is a very strong medal contender at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • Kento Momota, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win World Superseries Finals

    Dubai: No. 2 seed Kento Momota brought Viktor Axelsen's great run at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals to an end by clinching the men's singles title in Dubai on Sunday.Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

    Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

  • BWF Superseries Finals: Viktor Axelsen beats Chen Long, finally!

    Dubai: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark finally broke the Chen Long curse on Saturday, beating the World No. 1 Chen Long for the first time in eight tries in the BWF Superseries Finals semi-finals.Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

    Viktor Axelsen lets out a roar after beating Chen Long for the first time in his career. (photo: Marwan Naamani)

  • When Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan turned actors

    Jinjiang: Many great athletes have leapt from sport to screen to find movie stardom. In the official launch ceremony of a badminton related movie called "I'm the Hero" on Tuesday in Jinjiang of China, Lee Chong Wei together with his on-the-court nemesis and off-the-court friend, Lin Dan were looking oh so handsome and as sharp as ever.Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have a ton of respect for each other.

    Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have a ton of respect for each other.

  • Hong Kong Open draw: Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long placed in same half

    Kuala Lumpur: Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, and two-time world champion Chen Long were all placed in the same section of the Hong Kong Open draw that was released on Tuesday.Lee Chong Wei will be tested by Chen Long and Lin Dan at Hong Kong Open.

    Lee Chong Wei will be tested by Chen Long and Lin Dan at Hong Kong Open.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long hit the court for Denmark Open

    Copenhagen: Badminton A-listers Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long will play their first round of Denmark Open on Wednesday, but they aren't the only big names hanging out around the Odense Sports Park.Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

    Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan are currently the 3 best men's singles players in the world.

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