• Lee Hyun-il, Saena Kawakami win New Zealand Open

    Auckland: Despite being 10 years older than his Chinese opponent, the 35 year old former world number one shuttler Lee Hyun-il of South Korea sent a reminder to the young gun Qiao Bin from China, that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in the men's singles final in just 43 minutes at the New Zealand Open on Sunday.Lee Hyun-il takes home USD$9,000 by winning the New Zealand Open. (photo: New Zealand Open)

    Lee Hyun-il takes home USD$9,000 by winning the New Zealand Open. (photo: New Zealand Open)

  • New Zealand Open: Lee Hyun-il in final, Hoon Thien How/Lim Khim Wah exit

    Auckland: Korea's former world No. 1 men's singles badminton star Lee Hyun-il who has come back from retirement at least three times and has not letting age slow down his games. The 35 year old Korean dominating men’s singles semi-finals at New Zealand Open, beating top seed Hsu Jen Hao 21-13, 21-6 to set up a championship clash against unseeded Qiao Bin of China in the men's singles final on Sunday.Hope to see Lee Hyun-il in Rio Olympics. (photo: New Zealand Badminton)

    Hope to see Lee Hyun-il in Rio Olympics. (photo: New Zealand Badminton)

  • Jonatan Christie the hero as Musica Champions seal Superliga glory

    Bali: Jonatan Christie held his nerve to deliver the Musica Champions’ third consecutive Djarum Superliga title after defeating Djarum Kudus’ Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in a dramatic fifth match of the Superliga men's team final.

    World No. 82 Jonatan Christie defeated Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, during a tense clash that ended 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 in Bali and lasted 64 minutes.Well done Musica Champions, but where are Lee Yong-Dae and Lee Hyun-Il? (photo: PBSI)

    Well done Musica Champions, but where are Lee Yong-Dae and Lee Hyun-Il? (photo: PBSI)

  • Muar City crush Kepong to hold top spot on Purple League

    Kuala Lumpur: On Sunday night, Muar City BC of Purple League notched a blowout 15-6 win over Kepong BC to extend their franchise record winning streak to 9 games, thanks to strong performances from Lee Hyun Il and Mak Hee Chun/Tan Bin Shen.

    Lee Hyun-Il got off to a good start, breaking Goh Soon Huat of Kepong BC 11-7, 11-5, 10-11, 11-7 to win the first men's singles match comfortably in 39 minutes.Lee Yong-Dae congratulates Mak Hee Chun/Tan Bin Shen after their win over Ow Yao Han/Tan Boon Heong (photo: Muar City's FB)

    Lee Yong-Dae congratulates Mak Hee Chun/Tan Bin Shen after their win over Ow Yao Han/Tan Boon Heong (photo: Muar City's FB)

  • Lee Yong-Dae joins Purple League’s Muar City as a mentor

    Kuala Lumpur: World number one men's doubles player Lee Yong-Dae has joined Muar City in the role of mentor. He would not compete in Purple League, instead, he would be offering advice and sharing experience with the Muar City players.

    Speaking as a mentor, Lee Yong-Dae said Muar City have to improve the quality of their games in order to stay on top of the Purple League ranking before the start of the Champions Challenge in February.Lee Yong-Dae (back row, third right) and other Muar City players (photo: Purple League)

    Lee Yong-Dae (back row, third right) and other Muar City players (photo: Purple League)

  • Lee Hyun-il, Nozomi Okuhara win Malaysia Masters

    Kuching: After winning the Thailand International Challenge title in Bangkok last week, the 34-year-old Korean veteran Lee Hyun-il put himself on top of the podium again on Sunday when he defeated compatriot Jeon Hyeok Jin in the men's singles final to clinch the 2015 Malaysia Masters title.

    Lee who ranked 38th in the world, lost in the first set 19-21. He was showing few signs of age as he played a much faster game in second set by winning 21-13 to force a decider. Lee’s experience and immense speed came to the fore in the rubber game, knocking off his younger opponent 21-15 to take the men's title together with prize money US$9,000.Lee Hyun-il beats compatriot  beat compatriot Jeon Hyeok-jin to win the men's singles title in the Malaysian Masters (Photo: Bernama)

    Lee Hyun-il beats compatriot beat compatriot Jeon Hyeok-jin to win the men's singles title in the Malaysian Masters (Photo: Bernama)

  • Malaysian pairs fail to reach Malaysia Masters finals

    Kuching: With one fell rather easily and another failed to come back from one set down, two Malaysian pairs of mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Lai Pei Jing and men's doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem exited Malaysia Masters on Saturday and helped set another low point in Malaysian badminton.

    Chan Peng Soon/Lai Pei Jing were no match for the top seeds Joachim Fischer Nilsen/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in mixed doubles semi-final, they were shut down by the Denmark pair 10-21, 7-21 in just 32 minutes.Goh V Shem (black shirt, right), Tan Wee Kiong shaking hands with their Taiwanese opponents at the end of the match

    Goh V Shem (black shirt, right), Tan Wee Kiong shaking hands with their Taiwanese opponents at the end of the match

  • Purple League: Muar City rises to the top

    Kuala Lumpur: Muar City BC shot down Bangsar Hawks BC 18-3 to reclaim the top spot in the Purple League rankings on Sunday.

    South Korean veteran Lee Hyun-Il of Muar City BC faced a tough opposition from Zulfadli Zulkiffli at the first men's singles match. The experienced South Korean eventually overcame a hefty challenge from the 2014 Malaysian Champion to prevail at 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6.Kenichi Tago is one of the top attractions at Purple League (Photo: Purple League)

    Kenichi Tago is one of the top attractions at Purple League (Photo: Purple League)

  • Kopiko Purple League: Muar City BC, Ampang Jaya BC stay undefeated

    Kuala Lumpur: After two days off, Muar City BC, Ampang Jaya BC continued winning runs against their opponents on Wednesday.

    The 2007 world championships silver medalist Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia who made his maiden appearance with  Ampang Jaya BC, needed 5 sets to see off the tenacious Singaporean Derek Wong of Klang United BC 6-11,11-6,11-10,8-11,11-3 in the first men’s singles match.Lee Hyun Il is one of the big star at the Purple League

    Lee Hyun Il is one of the big star at the Purple League

  • Lee Hyun-il outlasts Tan Chun Seang to win Kuching International

    Kuching: The world number 60, veteran comeback kid Lee Hyun-Il who was the hero in South Korea upsetting China for last month’s Asian Games team title, overcame Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang 17-21,21-16,21-11 to win the Maybank Kuching International Badminton Challenge men’s singles crown on Sunday.Lee Hyun-Il (left) and Tan Chun Seang - Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

    Lee Hyun-Il (left) and Tan Chun Seang - Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

  • Lee Hyun-Il vs Tan Chun Seang in Kuching final

    Kuching: As expected, tournament favorite Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea cruised into the men’s singles final of Maybank Malaysia Kuching International Challenge at Stadium Perpaduan on Saturday.Lee Hyun-il is probably trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics

    Lee Hyun-il is probably trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics

    The top seed dashed Malaysia’s 2011 world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli hopes of progressing further in the competition by beating him 21-17, 21-7 in just 31 minutes.

  • Korean Open: Lee Yong Dae-Yoo Yeon Seong serves up sweet revenge

    Jeonju City: World number one men's doubles pair Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon-Seong from South Korea maintained their scintillating form at the Korea Grand Prix final as they exacted sweet revenge on team-mates Ko Sung-Hyun and Shin Baek-Cheol with a 21-18 21-19 victory in 50 minutes on Sunday. Ko Sung-Hyun and Shin Baek-Cheol won their last encounters in the World Championships, where they rallied from one set deficit to upset fellow countrymen Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong in the pulsating 79-minute World Championships final.2014 is a great year for Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong

    2014 is a great year for Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong

  • Korea stun China for Asian Games men's team gold

    Incheon: After an epic five hours battle against the mighty Chinese team in the Asian Games men's team final, Korea's 34 year-old Lee Hyun-il rolled back the years to produce yet another dominant performance outlasting 24 year-old Gao Huan of China to clinch the winning point for Korea.Korean shuttlers throw Lee Hyun-il up in the air after wining Asian Games men's team gold

    Korean shuttlers throw Lee Hyun-il up in the air after wining Asian Games men's team gold

  • Asian Games Men's Team QF: Korea upset Thomas Cup Champion Japan 3-2

    Incheon: The Korean men’s badminton team defeated reigning Thomas Cup Champion Japan in a five matches thriller at the Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon on Sunday.Takuma Ueda failed to deliver for Japan

    Takuma Ueda failed to deliver for Japan

  • Lee Hyun-il plays in 2014 Incheon Asian Games

    Korea: According to Yonhap News Agency, the 34-year-old South Korean badminton veteran Lee Hyun-il had been included into Korean team in preparation for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games this September.So, Lee Hyun-il, when are you going to retire, for good? :-)

    So, Lee Hyun-il, when are you going to retire, for good? :-)

  • Lee Hyun-il: I am thrilled to be back

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning the Sri Lanka International Challenge last week, former world No.1 Lee Hyun-il proved he's still got game!Lee Hyun-il is on of the most exciting badminton player to watch during his prime

    Lee Hyun-il is on of the most exciting badminton player to watch during his prime

    Lee signed a two-year deal with Malaysian equipment manufacturer Apacs in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. The 34-year-old South Korean came out of his second retirement last fall to capture the Korea Grand Prix Gold in Jeonju by defeating Ji Hoon Hong 21-18 21-12.

  • Lee Hyun Il flexes his muscles at New Zealand Open

    Former world number 1 Lee Hyun Il (Korea) still got game! He is coming back into top of badminton by climbing up the rankings gradually. While unseeded in Auckland, the Korean had proven he was too tough to handle as he dismantled Australian Cham Chen in straight games to cruise into the third round 21-10 21-15 at New Zealand Open.Lee Hyun Il still going strong at age 33

    Lee Hyun Il still going strong at age 33

  • World-class field on show for NZ Open (pic)

    Two former world No1 badminton players are in the field for next month's New Zealand Open at North Shore Events Centre.

    Throw in a former world No3 and the quality of the field will be just about the best seen in the country.Korea's Lee Hyun-il was fourth at the London Olympics in 2012.

    Korea's Lee Hyun-Il was the game's top-ranked male player midway through the 2000s. He was beaten in the semifinals at the 2008 Olympics and lost the bronze medal playoff in London two years ago.

    Indonesian Simon Santoso got as high as No3 on the ranking list. The 29-year-old has a string of international titles to his name.

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