• Simon Santoso- one of the greatest comebacks in badminton history

    A day before Simon Santoso won the Singapore Open title, BadmintonPlanet.com wrote an article titled "The Resurgence of Simon Santoso" to describe how Simon overcame past failures and posted one of the great comebacks in badminton history.Simon Santoso is the man!

    Simon Santoso is the man!

    He went through some hard times for his poor performances last season, and had to face harsh criticism that tried to rip the world from him. He finally had enough of that, and quit Indonesia Badminton Association in January 2014.

  • Thomas-Uber Cup 2014: Complete Day 3 Results

    Complete Day 3Results - Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, May 20, 2014

     Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

    Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

  • Thomas Cup: Will Malaysia play Soon Huat against South Korea?

    New Delhi: Winner of Wednesday's Malaysia vs South Korea tie would avoid China or Indonesia in the last eight of Thomas Cup knockout stage. The big questions for Malaysia remain who it would field as the third singles.Although Soon Huat is a reserve shuttler on the team, he has promised to be ready to play.

    Although Soon Huat is a reserve shuttler on the team, he has promised to be ready to play.

    The lackluster performance of Daren Liew against India and Germany has raised concerns about his ability to fend off his Korean opponent if the match is tie at 2-2, and the outcome will come down to who win the third singles. By comparing the lineup and meeting records on both teams, the battle would most likely go down to the wire.

  • Thomas Cup - Chong Wei: Fear No Korea!

    New Delhi: Lee Chong Wei, the World No one shuttler wanted his teammates to keep their confidence high, stay cool and collected under pressure, and fear no one ahead of the Group C battle with South Korea on Wednesday. Winner of the game will top Group C.You can do it, Malaysia!

    You can do it, Malaysia!

    Malaysia needs that win in order to avoid seeded teams such as China or Indonesia in last eight. "Even though the Koreans are undoubtedly stronger in doubles, but they are beatable. We will try to score as much point as possible through singles," said Chong Wei.

  • Thomas Cup: Tommy Sugiarto shrugs off slow start to win in opener

    New Delhi: After a three-month rest due to ankle injury, Tommy Sugiarto led Indonesia to a 5-0 win over Singapore. Derek Wong of Singapore was able to the only went the distance by forcing a rubber game before losing 11-21, 21-17, 15-21 in 54 minutes against Tommy Sugiarto.People generally have high expectations of Tommy because he is the son of former badminton world champion Icuk Sugiarto

    People generally have high expectations of Tommy because he is the son of former badminton world champion Icuk Sugiarto

    It was not an easy first point for Tommy. ”I have not played in competitive tournament for a while due to my ankle injury. I didn't even join the team's centralize camp prior to Thomas Cup."

  • Thomas-Uber Cup 2014: Complete Day 2 Results

    Complete Day 2Results - Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, May 19, 2014

     Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

    Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia takes 4-1 win over Germany

    New Delhi: Malaysia sailed through its second Thomas Cup match by defeating Germany 4-1. That win also exposed Malaysia's deficiencies on its roster besides World No. one Lee Chong Wei. They'll have to step up efforts at resolving the inconsistencies ahead of the Korea game on Wednesday.

    In the Germany game, Lee Chong Wei had a hot start to overcome Marc Zwiebler 21-14, 21-8 in 37 minutes to pocket the first point. Malaysia played the first men’s doubles with scratch pair Tan Boon Heong/Tan Wee Kiong against Johannes Schoettler/Michael Fuchs. The Malaysian duo were stretched to three sets before notching the second point for Malaysia team with 13-21 21-17 21-18 victory. Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots

    Good job girls! Daren Liew should learn from you guys running end to end and fighting for every shots
    Chong Wei Feng was the better in second singles by winning a breathtaking game of 19-21 22-20 23-21 against Dieter Domke. Goh V Shem/Lim Khim Wah took care of Peter Kaesbauer/Josche Zurwonne 21-12 21-18 in 30 minutes for the fourth point; but, Daren Liew was once again the Achilles' heel for Malaysia when he lost to Lukas Schmidt 20-22 10-21 in 35 minutes.

  • Thomas-Uber Cup 2014: Complete Day 1 Results

    Complete Day 1Results - Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, May 18, 2014

     Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

    Complete Results: Thomas - Uber Cup Finals

  • Thomas Cup: Malaysia beat India 4-1

    New Delhi: By giving away only one point, Malaysia successfully defeated India in the opening game.

    Malaysia's first singles, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei faced some challenges from K. Srikanth in the first set before he took the game with 21-19; He finished off Srikanth 21-12 quickly in the second set to win the first point for Malaysia in just 35 minutes. Hello, wake up captain!

    Hello, wake up captain!
    Then, it was a surprise to see Malaysia played Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong as the first doubles, they were the world junior champion in 2004, but their partnership was ended after Tan partnered with Koo Kien Keat. Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How was able to score the second point for Malaysia with 21-14, 21-11 win over Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri.

  • Thomas and Uber Cup: India still has a long way to go

    New Delhi: "India still has a long way to go before it overtakes China in women badminton. The gap between China and other countries remains significant," said China's badminton Chief coach Li Yongbo during a media conference on Friday.Li Yongbo is a controversial figures yet a successful badminton chief coach

    Li Yongbo is a controversial figures yet a successful badminton chief coach

    Li stressed that he is not too concern about India even though the home team has several good shuttlers such as Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu. He also praised countries such as India, Japan and Thailand for cultivating home-grown badminton talent.

  • Thomas and Uber Cup: China is the clear favorite

    Thomas Cup and Uber Cup will tip off in New Delhi on Sunday, May 18, with China as the clear favorite among the contenders, but not without worries.The China Thomas and Uber Cup teams are leaving for India

    The China Thomas and Uber Cup teams are leaving for India

    While there is no shortage of badminton talent in the Uber Cup squad, China's Thomas Cup lineup is the weakest in a decade with the quality and depth of men's doubles remains worrisome.

  • Uber Cup - Saina Nehwal is confident of making the semifinals

    India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal it is important for her to nail the first point in Uber Cup to get the team momentum going.Saina Nehwal and her teammates at the launch of the 2014 Uber Cup on Wednesday.

    "First singles is critical in a team event. If I could score a point, it will build an early momentum and will definitely boost our team confidence ,” Saina said at the launch of the tournament.

  • Thomas Cup: Denmark suffers huge setback as Mathias Boe pulls out

    Denmark had to deal with the devastating blow of losing Mathias Boe just few days before Thomas Cup.Mathias Boe will not play in Thomas Cup 2014 due to umbilical hernias

    Mathias Boe, the experienced doubles shuttler, announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he had to undergo a surgery for umbilical hernia. Boe said that he felt pain earlier this week and found a small lump over his belly button. He hopes to get back in full practice within few weeks.

  • Thomas Cup - Indonesia eyeing Thomas Cup/Uber Cup Trophies

    Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup badminton teams departed for India for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup championship from May 18 to 25. Prior to their departure, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a special ceremony in which each player kissed the red-and-white national flag.Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup took pictures alongside the Indian team

    Indonesia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup took pictures alongside the Indian team

    Chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) Gita Wirjawan said Indonesia's strongest opponent will be China. Indonesia will have to rely on its men's doubles because China has no shortage of strong men's singles, such as Lin Dan and Chen Long.

  • Thomas Cup - Good Luck Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup teams left for New Delhi on Thursday. This would be Lee Chong Wei's sixth Thomas Cup appearance, and he is determined make his mark on by winning all his matches.

    Two years ago, the world number one Lee Chong Wei sustained a serious ankle injury at the Thomas Cup in Wuhan, when he landed awkwardly after going two points ahead in his match against Denmark's Peter Gade. Lee Chong Wei and his teammates are posing for pictures before their departure for New Delhi

    Lee Chong Wei and his teammates are posing for pictures before their departure for New Delhi
    Doctors rushed onto court, but the he was in visible pain and crying as he was taken for treatment at a nearby hospital. Malaysia eventually went down to Denmark 2-3, with both doubles pairs losing their matches, and was eliminated by China 1-3 in the knockout stage.
  • Dad demand fairness for Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern

    Kuala Lumpur: Usually, coaches often select badminton players based on evaluations of abilities, ranking, recent performance and potential.BAM could do better in handling the Uber Cup selection trials, and should give young players a chance to make an impression in major tournaments

    BAM could do better in handling the Uber Cup selection trials, and should give young players a chance to make an impression in major tournaments

    When World No. 27th Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern were excluded from Malaysia’s Uber Cup team, the father of Ng sisters, Datuk Ng Thin Huatt was absolutely unhappy over the incident and sent a protest letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

  • 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.
  • India ready for Uber Cup challenge

    For the first time in recent memory, Indian Uber Cup team is capable of reaching the knockout stage in the Thomas-Uber Cup finals that kicks-off at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on May 18. This year, India has been clubbed with Thailand, Canada and Hong Kong.Jwala Gutta exude confidence ahead of Uber Cup

    Jwala Gutta exude confidence ahead of Uber Cup

    Even though she is only 19 years old, PV Sindhu almost defeated Wang Shixian of China in the Asian Championship two weeks ago. She has proven that she can put up a fight in a potentially crucial match.

  • Chong Wei: Fearless Attitude is what's Malaysia needed!

    Kuala Lumpur: Thomas Cup isn't about Lee Chong Wei anymore. It's about the team. This Thomas Cup is going to be tough for Malaysia, mainly because besides World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, there is no other player who can guarantee to secure a second or third point. Having said that, players like Daren Liew, Chong Wei Feng, Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, or even Tan Boon Heong-Chan Peng Soon, if they can rediscover their form, they are more than capable of beating anyone on their day.Fearless Lee Chong Wei

    Fearless Lee Chong Wei

    On Monday, Lee Chong Wei displayed great leadership by urging his teammate to be fearless and relentless. He wanted his teammate to keep scrapping and keep coming at their opponent until the bitter end. “We have nothing to lose in the Thomas Cup. I've told Wei Feng and Daren to stay positive. Everyone should be fearless and confident, “said Chong Wei.

  • Chan Peng Soon is open to playing men's doubles

    When the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) named Peng Soon as the sixth doubles player for the Thomas Cup squad last week, the Malaysian team was excited about Peng Soon's presence on the team.Chan Peng Soon is a very talented player who has a lot of potential in men's doubles

    Chan Peng Soon is a very talented player who has a lot of potential in men's doubles

    “I am really excited to play in men’s doubles again. Men’s doubles give me more room to display my skills as the players are taking turns to rotate around court, while I usually control the back when I’m playing in the mixed doubles.

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