• Lee Chong Wei wins Malaysia Open title for 11th time, denies Chen Long

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton maestro Lee Chong Wei raised his arms in triumph after beating current World No. 1 Chen Long 21-13, 21-8 in 42 minutes in the Malaysia Open final on Sunday.Congratulations to Lee Chong Wei for his 11th Malaysia Open title! (photo: GettyImages)

    Congratulations to Lee Chong Wei for his 11th Malaysia Open title! (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei sets up mouthwatering clash with Chen Long in Malaysia Open final

    Kuala Lumpur: There will be five great final matchups at the Malaysia Open on Sunday, but perhaps none has badminton fans excited more than Lee Chong Wei versus Chen Long in the men's singles event.

    Lee Chong Wei who is eyeing his 11th Malaysia Open title, had a relatively easy passage to the final as he blew World No.5 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark away in straight sets, 21-17, 21-14 to reach the final.Let's go Lee Chong Wei! (photo: AFP)

    Let's go Lee Chong Wei! (photo: AFP)

  • Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong race into Thailand Masters quarters

    Bangkok: Former World No. 1 men's pair Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong swept into the Thailand Masters quarter-finals in just 39 minutes with a quick-fire win over South Koreans Choi Solgyu/Kim Jae Hwan on Wednesday.Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong to face tough opponents Kim Gi-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang on Thursday.

    Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong to face tough opponents Kim Gi-Jung/Kim Sa-Rang on Thursday.

  • Goh Soon Huat pulls past B. S Praneeth into Macau Open semis

    Macau: Malaysian men's singles shuttler Goh Soon Huat had to roll through a spirited opponent on Friday before he found a way to summon his best badminton when it mattered the most to race past India's B. Sai Praneeth down the stretch with 21-16, 21-23, 21-13 in 70 minutes.P. V Sindhu is two wins away from her first major trophy this season.

    P. V Sindhu is two wins away from her first major trophy this season.

  • Lee Chong Wei too strong for Chen Long in China Open final (video)

    Fuzhou: With his flawless performance against the current world No. 1 and an opponent seven years younger than him, former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has once and for all silenced his critics by winning the China Open title for the first time on Sunday by defeating Chen Long of China in 50 minutes.Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

    Lee Chong Wei poses with the China Open trophy at the awards ceremony. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei beats Lin Dan in an epic three-set China Open semis

    Fuzhou: In the latest “badminton classic” played by two of the greatest badminton players of all time, Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 on Saturday afternoon to move into the China Open finals.

    The 35th encounter between Lee and Lin on Saturday didn't just feel like a battle for a berth in a China Open final, but also the culmination of one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport.Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)

    Lee Chong Wei shakes hand with Lin Dan after their China Open semi-final match. (photo: Xinhua)
  • 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.

  • Ajay Jayaram to play Chen Long in Korea Open final

    Seoul: Beaten twice this year by Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei at German Open and US Open, Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram dominated Chou at the semi-finals of Korea Open, brushing aside the No. 7 seed 21-19, 21-15 in 43 minutes to storm into the finals of the USD 600,000 event on Saturday.What a performance by Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon Seong in the Korea Open semi-finals.

    What a performance by Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon Seong in the Korea Open semi-finals.

  • Thomas Cup: Korea may spoil Malaysia's chances

    Kuala Lumpur: When Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung were set to return to competition after getting their one year suspension lifted by the Badminton World Federation early April, competition in Group C of Thomas Cup is expected to be tough for Malaysia.

    With Malaysia’s doubles pairs’ recent poor results, the task of trying to top the group seems even more daunting, considering the Korean has proven that its temporary men's doubles Yeon-seong-Sa-rang combined well to make the semi-finals of the Singapore Open during the absence of Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung. Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?

    Can you spot Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong-dae in these pictures?
    Furthermore, World No. 25 Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, the third Korean pair, also hit a good patch with semi-final showings in the Singapore meet and the All-England. Any combinations of these guys could form equally powerful pairings.
  • Oppa Badminton Style! Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung's suspensions lifted

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Tuesday that after reviewing "new evidence" given by the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), it has reinstated South Korea's Olympic badminton gold medalist Lee Yong-dae and another Korean player Kim Ki-jung. Both players were banned from playing in any tournaments for one year after missing their dope tests. After the decision, they are free to compete at this year's Asian Games.Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Oppa! Oppa!! Oppa!!!!! Welcome back, we miss you!!

    Back in January, the BWF suspended them for a year, for violating doping procedures, saying administrative lapses led to three missed drug tests.

  • Dong-keun stepping up to the challenge (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: South Korea were struck a hard blow when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) slapped Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung with a one-year suspension for failing to file their whereabouts which led to missed dope tests.

    With the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, in September, it was definitely a big blow.

    Especially with Yong-dae being a favourite to deliver a gold medal.Lee Dong-keun in a file photo. He beat Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the first round of the All-England, 17-21, 21-16, 21-16.

  • Wee Kiong finds no joy in Korean players’ suspension (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The one-year suspension imposed on two of South Korea’s top men’s doubles shuttlers – Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung – should be good news to all their rivals.

    But not to Malaysian doubles shuttler Tan Wee Kiong.Tan Wee Kiong is not one to rejoice in someone else's suffering as he feels sympathetic towards the suspended Korean duo Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung.

    Instead, he feels that Yong-dae and Ki-jung’s absence will be sorely missed on the international circuit and he hopes that an appeal by the Korean players will prompt the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to reverse the decision.

  • Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae suspended for violating int'l anti-doping procedures (pic)

    Former Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae has been suspended for one year for violating international anti-doping procedures, officials said Tuesday, putting his availability for this year's Asian Games at home in jeopardy.

    The Badminton World Federation announced on its website that Lee and another South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been suspended for a year for "violating the requirements relating to filing whereabouts information and resulting missed tests under the BWF Anti-Doping Regulations."Lee Yong-Dae (right) and Jae Sung Chung of Korea stand with their Bronze medals following the Men’s Doubles Badminton Gold Medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

       The suspension took effect on Jan. 23, 2014, the Kuala Lumpur-based BWF noted.

    "As part of BWF's registered testing pool of international level badminton athletes, Kim and Lee were required to provide whereabouts information for the BWF to conduct out-of-competition testing," the international governing body said. "In 2013, both athletes accumulated three whereabouts failures in connection with this administrative process."

  • Japan out to prove they are a force to be reckoned with (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: A fantastic showing by the men’s doubles shuttlers at the Korean Open last week, has raised Japan’s hope of putting in another strong challenge to the more fancied teams in the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi in May.

    Last week, their world No. 6 Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa went down fighting 20-22, 20-22 to eventual champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark in the semi-finals. Keita Masuda: ' If our players can maintain their form until April, we may get a better seeding than Malaysia or Indonesia for the (Thomas Cup) Finals.'

    Their younger compatriots Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda, the world No. 15th, dumped second seeds Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang of South Korea in the opening round.

    National coach Keita Masuda believes they have enough depth to challenge all the teams, including Malaysia at the Finals.

    “Our senior and junior doubles players did well at the Korean Open and that augurs well ahead of the world team competition. We have strong men’s singles and doubles this time,” he said.

  • 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.

  • Korea complete clean sweep of 5 badminton golds at Universiade 2015

    Gwangju: South Korea mixed doubles pair got off to a good start for the host country when Shin Seung-Chan and Kim Gi-jung defeated Chiang Kai-Hsin and Lu Ching-Yao of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-11 at Hwasun Hanium Culture Sports Center in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province, Korea, to pick up the first gold medal for Korea in the badminton individual event. Last Wednesday, South Korea won the badminton mixed team gold medal at the Universiade.Son Wan-ho loses to Jeon Hyeok-Jin (right) in the 2015 Universiade men's singles final.

    Son Wan-ho loses to Jeon Hyeok-Jin (right) in the 2015 Universiade men's singles final.

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