• China drops Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan from Thomas Cup roster

    Beijing: China named an offensive men's squad and an experienced women's lineup on Thursday for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals which is to be held at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China, from May 15th to May 22nd.Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan's unstable performance was the main reason why they were excluded from the 2016 Thomas Cup. (photo: GettyImages)

    Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan's unstable performance was the main reason why they were excluded from the 2016 Thomas Cup. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China Badminton Super League: Lin Dan leads Qingdao over Hunan

    Qingdao: Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan led the host team Qingdao for their fifth consecutive victory by defeating Hunan 4-1 and remained atop the China Badminton Super League on Thursday, but not without getting a tough fight from Zhou Zeqi in the men’s singles match.Lin Dan defeats Zhou Zeqi 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the China Badminton Super League. (photo: ossports)

    Lin Dan defeats Zhou Zeqi 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 in the China Badminton Super League. (photo: ossports)

  • Macau Open: Low Juan Shen/Tan Kian Meng pull off stunners against Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan

    Macau: Young Malaysian pair Low Juan Shen/Tan Kian Meng gave their team much to celebrate on Wednesday as they pulled off the biggest upset of the day to beat No. 1 seed Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan of China 21-19, 21-14 in men's doubles first round of Macau Open.Way to go Tan Kian Meng (left)/Low Juan Shen! (photo: Macau Open)

    Way to go Tan Kian Meng (left)/Low Juan Shen! (photo: Macau Open)
  • Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan win World Championships

    Jakarta: The crowd erupted in cheers inside the Istora Senayan Complex on Sunday, as Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan won the only world title for the host country by seizing the men's doubles world title from Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan of China.Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. (photo: Reuters/Beawiharta)

    Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. (photo: Reuters/Beawiharta)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong earn respect despite loss in Australian Open

    Sydney: Former world No. 1 men's pair from Malaysia Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong's quest for the Australian Open title came to a halt on Friday after they lost to 6th seeds Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan of China.Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong should continue working on strengthening their power, speed, agility, quickness and stamina. (Photo: Tan Boon Heong's FB)

    Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong should continue working on strengthening their power, speed, agility, quickness and stamina. (Photo: Tan Boon Heong's FB)

  • Chong Wei’s ‘sick’ of being the go-to-guy (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has had enough of being the sole flag bearer for Malaysian badminton on the international scene.

    And on Friday, after reaching the men’s singles’ semi-finals of the Korean Open in Seoul, he issued a clarion call to all his team-mates – especially the younger ones – to wake up and step out of their comfort zone.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei bulldozed past a hapless Du Pengyu of China 21-9, 21-12 in just 35 minutes to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals on Saturday.

    He is the only Malaysian survivor in the season-opener after Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem went down with a whimper against top seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

    The Malaysians lost 10-21, 9-21 in just 31 minutes.

    Two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei said that it was time everyone stopped depending on him, starting with the Korean Open.

  • Doubles pair wary of chill factor in Korea (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles champion Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How will be fighting on two fronts when they start their campaign in the Korean Open on Wednesday.

    On Saturday, the duo and compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem left for Seoul for the season opener of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Super Series.

    The 24-year-old Wee Kiong said their opening round match would be “treacherous”.

    “The weather in Seoul is below 13°C. It is really cold. On top of that, we have a tricky opening match against an upcoming pair from China (Kang Jun-Liu Cheng). We cannot take them lightly.

    “We have to balance our act. We have to adapt to the cold condition and also stay on guard against the Chinese pair,” said Wee Kiong.

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