• Ko Sung-hyun/Kim Ha-na are eyeing Olympic gold

    Seoul: At the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, the world No. 1-ranked men's badminton tandem of Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong are considered the biggest medal hope for South Korea. But they are not the only pair that the country is counting on for a medal.

    Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na are ranked No. 2 in the mixed doubles. They have been gearing up for the Rio Games well, winning five tournaments last year and also triumphing at the German Open in March and the Singapore Open in April. The two finished runners-up at the Indonesia Open last week, but in the semifinals they beat the top-ranked Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na need to beat mixed doubles pairs from China and Indonesia in order to win Olympic gold.

    Ko Sung-hyun and Kim Ha-na need to beat mixed doubles pairs from China and Indonesia in order to win Olympic gold.

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying win New Zealand Open title

    Auckland: Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying overcame resilient Zheng Siwei and Li Yinhui of China to clinch the SKYCITY New Zealand Badminton Open mixed doubles titles on Sunday.Congratulations to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying on their New Zealand Open win. (photo: New Zealand Open)

    Congratulations to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying on their New Zealand Open win. (photo: New Zealand Open)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying take revenge on top seeds to make NZ Open final

    Auckland: An inspired Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying fought back from a set down to defeat the World No. 4 Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na of Korea 21-19, 10-21, 24-22 in 68 minutes and progressed through to the mixed doubles final of the New Zealand Open badminton championships on Saturday.

    The victory also helped Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying gained revenge against the Korean duo after their two consecutive defeats to the Koreans with the latest came at the first round of All-England two weeks ago. Chan/Goh will play Zheng Siwei/Li Yinhui of China for the mixed doubles title on Sunday.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying lost to Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen at the 2016 Thailand Masters final, therefore, they should not take Zheng Siwei/Li Yinhui lightly in the New Zealand Open final. (photo: NZ Open)

    Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying lost to Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen at the 2016 Thailand Masters final, therefore, they should not take Zheng Siwei/Li Yinhui lightly in the New Zealand Open final. (photo: NZ Open)

  • Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, Soo Teck Zhi storm into NZ Open semis

    Auckland: Mixed doubles No. 3 seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying guaranteed their places in the last four of the 2016 New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton with a straight-sets win over Indonesia's Hafiz Faisal/Shella Devi Aulia on Friday.It's time for Soo Teck Zhi to step up to the plate with confidence at New Zealand Open. (photo: Getty Images)

    It's time for Soo Teck Zhi to step up to the plate with confidence at New Zealand Open. (photo: Getty Images)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in New Zealand Open second round

    Auckland: Malaysia's mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying made a resounding start to their New Zealand Open campaign when they put up a spirited fightback, coming from 15-20 to storm past Chang Ko-chi/Chang Hsin-tien of Taiwan 22-20 in the first set of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Wednesday. The Taiwanese pair appeared demoralized in the second set, and Chan/Goh wasted no time to produce a thrilling performance to notch up a 21-15 win in the second set.03 24 2016 badminton news chan peng soon goh liu ying

    03 24 2016 badminton news chan peng soon goh liu ying

  • Lin Dan foils Chou Tien Chen fightback to win German Open

    Mulheim: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was taking on 26-year-old Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen in the German Open finals at the RWE Sporthalle stadium in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany on Sunday.Lin Dan and Chou Tien Chen pose for pictures after their Men's Singles Final match at the German Open. (photo: badminton.de)

    Lin Dan and Chou Tien Chen pose for pictures after their Men's Singles Final match at the German Open. (photo: badminton.de)

  • Lin Dan to meet Chou Tien Chen in German Open final

    Mulheim: World No. 5 Lin Dan will face Chou Tien Chen in a German Open final for the first time on Sunday at Mulheim, Germany.

    The two time Olympic Champion Lin Dan held off the challenge from Son Wan Ho of Korea, winning 21-12, 21-13 to reach the German Open final on Saturday.Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

    Lin Dan has a 3-1 career records against Chou Tien Chen. (photo: German Open)

  • Lin Dan, Jan O Jorgensen reach German Open semifinals

    Mulheim: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China and Denmark’s Jan Ø. Jørgensen stayed on course for the men's singles final clash after they both advanced to the men's singles semi-finals at German Open on Friday."Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

    "Super Dan" and his "Super Big" badminton rackets. (photo: Yonex)

  • Lee Yong-Dae & Ko Sung-Hyun to skip China Badminton Super League

    Guangzhou: Two high-profile men's doubles players from Korea, Lee Yong-Dae and Ko Sung-Hyun who originally planned to join Guangzhou Yueyu Badminton Club for the 2015/2016 China Badminton Super League season, have ended their season in China to reduce the likelihood of conflict for their preparation of the 2016 Rio Olympics.Lee Yong-Dae greets the fans during China Badminton Super League in Huizhou. (photo: ossports)

    Lee Yong-Dae greets the fans during China Badminton Super League in Huizhou. (photo: ossports)

  • 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: Chen Long, Carolina Marin in semis

    Dubai: Having already qualified for the BWF Dubai Superseries Finals semifinals, some might have thought that World No.1 Chen Long would take it easy against Jan O Jorgensen on Friday.Chen Long shakes hands with  Jan O Jorgensen after crushing the world No. 2 in straight sets.

    Chen Long shakes hands with Jan O Jorgensen after crushing the world No. 2 in straight sets.

  • P.V. Sindhu beats Minatsu Mitani to win Macau Open title

    Macau: India's P.V Sindhu put a magnificent finishing  touch to her 2015 season by beating Japanese Minatsu Mitani 21-9, 21-23, 21-14 to win her third consecutive Macau Open title on Sunday.Congratulations to P.V Sindhu, another great win!

    Congratulations to P.V Sindhu, another great win!

  • P.V. Sindhu downs Akane Yamaguchi to set up Minatsu Mitani final at Macau Open

    Macau: Two-time Macau Open defending champion P.V Sindhu's enduring brilliance and her sheer hatred of losing allowed her to withstand a stunning fightback by Akane Yamaguchi and remained undefeated at the Macau Open on Saturday.

    World No. 12 Sindhu got off to an excellent start in the first set as she took the game 21-8 in approximately 14 minutes.P.V. Sindhu to play Minatsu Mitani in the Macau Open final on Sunday. (photo: Macau Open)

    P.V. Sindhu to play Minatsu Mitani in the Macau Open final on Sunday. (photo: Macau Open)

  • Lee Dong Keun, Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na win Korea Masters

    Jeonju City: In what was their second encounter against each other in the Korea Grand Prix Gold finals for second year in a row, defending champion Lee Dong Keun needed 78 minutes to see off last year's runner-up Lee Hyun-Il to claim the men's singles title in Jeonju City on Sunday.Congratulations to Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na for winning their third title in less than a month.

    Congratulations to Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na for winning their third title in less than a month.

  • Lee Hyun Il, Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na in Korea Masters final

    Jeonju City: In a scintillating display of badminton, 35-year-old Korean Lee Hyun Il turned back the clock to defeat his 20-year-old compatriot Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-12, 24-22 in men's semi-finals at the Korea Masters on Saturday.Ko Sung Hyun (left) and Kim Ha Na's strong surge in the second half of 2015 has been amazing.

    Ko Sung Hyun (left) and Kim Ha Na's strong surge in the second half of 2015 has been amazing.

  • Lee Yong Dae pulls out of Korea Masters with neck injury

    Jeonju City: World No. 1 men's pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong shocked the crowd in Jeonju Indoor Badminton Court on Friday afternoon when the pair withdrew from the men's doubles quarter-finals final of the Korea Masters, after Lee Yong Dae suffered a neck injury when they were leading 11-10 in the first set against Taiwan's Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang.Wish Lee Yong Dae a speedy recover.

    Wish Lee Yong Dae a speedy recover.

  • Korea Masters: Zulfadli Zulkiffli exits, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong advance

    Jeonju City: The Korea Masters GPG continued full steam ahead Thursday with the last remaining Malaysian player Zulfadli Zulkiffli bowed out in the third round of men's singles.Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong are going to finish this year with a string of strong results.

    Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong are going to finish this year with a string of strong results.

  • French Open: Chong Wei Feng advances, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying & Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir exit

    Paris: Both Chong Wei Feng and Tee Jing Yee of Malaysia have breezed into the French Open main draw on Tuesday while two mixed doubles pairs Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying and Wong Fai Yin/Chow Mei Kuan were disappointed with first-round exits.Hope Chong Wei Feng can go one step further at French Open.

    Hope Chong Wei Feng can go one step further at French Open.

  • Kenichi Tago, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying knocked out of Denmark Open

    Copenhagen: Kenichi Tago suffered another shock early exit at the Denmark Open as he was knocked out in his opening qualifying match by world No 136 Kim Bruun of Denmark.

    The world No. 39 Japanese was struggling to close out the match after he took the first set 21-11, but squandered a leading a 17-14 lead to lose to Bruun 17-21 in the second set. Tago's stamina was no longer what it used to be, he struggled to adjust to the fast-paced game in the third set played by Bruun, who eventually wrapped up the 63 minutes match by brushing aside the Japanese 21-16 in the third set.Hope Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can make huge breakthrough at their upcoming Superseries events.

    Hope Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can make huge breakthrough at their upcoming Superseries events.

  • Chen Long, Wang Yihan win Chinese Taipei Open

    Taipei: Despite playing against home-country favorite Chou Tien Chen, Chen Long held on to tame Chou 15-21, 21-9, 21-6 and clinched the Chinese Taipei Open men's title on Sunday.Chen Long (right)shakes hands with Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen after the 2015 Taipei GPG men's singles final match. (photo: AP)

    Chen Long (right)shakes hands with Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen after the 2015 Taipei GPG men's singles final match. (photo: AP)

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