• Final list of Thomas-Uber Cup: Lin Dan, Lee Yong Dae In; Yu Yang, Cai Yun, Sony Dwi Kuncoro Out

    Jakarta: China has decided to field Lin Dan in its Thomas Cup team. Lin Dan will play fourth Men’s Singles player alongside Chen Long (2), Du Pengyu (6) and Tian Houwei (16). Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?

    Can China defend its titles at this year's Thomas an Uber Cup competition?
    However, Cai Yun the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champions was excluded from the team. In addition, Yu Yang, one of the most accomplished women’s doubles players of all time, has been excluded from China’s Uber cup team as well.

    Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ki Jung will mark their return to badminton by playing in the Thomas Cup in New Delhi. BWF lifted their ban against these two players last month. The two are part of a strong Korean doubles line-up, which appears relatively weaker in singles. Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Kim Ki Jung/Kim Sa Rang and Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel are the flag-bearers for Korea in doubles.

  • Thailand hopes to reach final eight in Thomas-Uber Cup

    Bangkok: Thailand is targeting quarter-final berths for their Thomas Cup and Uber Cup team at Thomas Cup and Uber Cup to be held at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, from May 18-25. Thailand is sending nine members Thomas Cup and ten members Uber Cup team to New Delhi.Thailand's national badminton coach Sompol Kookasemkit hopes Thailand could reach last eight in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. To be frank, its women's team stood a better chance to reach the second round than the men.

    Thailand's national badminton coach Sompol Kookasemkit hopes Thailand could reach last eight in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. To be frank, its women's team stood a better chance to reach the second round than the men.

    Thailand's Thomas Cup includes world No.8 Boonsak Ponsana, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Suppanyu Avihingsanon, Sitthikom Thammasin, Patiphat Chalardchaleam, Maneepong Jongjit, Nipitphon Puangpuapech, Wannawat Ampunsuwan and Sudket Prapakamol.

  • Gopichand: It's not easy in Thomas-Uber Cup, but we will try hard

    India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said today that India's Thomas Cup team stays a chance to reach last eight if India's singles players could deliver strong performances. India is in the same group with Malaysia, South Korea and Germany.The badminton scene in India has changed dramatically because of Gopichand. Now there is a proper structure, which was missing in the last 10 years. Gopichand has used his experience to bring about the change. India badminton owes its success to Gopichand.

    The badminton scene in India has changed dramatically because of Gopichand. Now there is a proper structure, which was missing in the last 10 years. Gopichand has used his experience to bring about the change. India badminton owes its success to Gopichand.

    "Our advantage is that we have some good singles players. Although they are not at the same level as Lee Chong Wei, other than that, our singles players have a good chance of defeating anyone else" said Gopichand during a media interaction.

  • Chong Wei Feng feels confident ahead of Thomas Cup

    Kuala Lumpur: In recent months, it has become increasingly doubtful what impact Chong Wei Feng could bring to the Malaysia Thomas Cup team. When on the court, his shots often lacked precision, his scoring instincts have been dulled, and his confidence has plummeted.

    Just 10 days before Thomas Cup Finals, The second time could be a charm for national men's singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng at the New Delhi Thomas Cupthe world No. 27 is determined to regain his touches. The New Delhi Thomas Cup Finals will be Wei Feng's second Thomas Cup appearance. He was a reserve player two years ago

  • Tan Boon Heong shows leadership qualities in training camp

    PETALING JAYA: The 26 year-old Tan Boon Heong, who was once the world No. 1 with Koo Kien Keat (who had quit the national team early this year), has played an integral role in keeping men's doubles in Malaysia Thomas Cup team to play their game at its highest possible level.Tan Boon Heong has been very motivational and inspirational to his teammates.

    Tan Boon Heong has been very motivational and inspirational to his teammates.

    Other doubles players in the team are Hoon Thien How, Lim Khim Wah, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon. Coaches are trying to pair Boon Heong with any of them, to try to trick their opponents if necessary.

  • Indonesian team all pumped-up for Thomas-Cup Cup Finals

    Can you guess how many times has Indonesia won the Thomas Cup in less than three seconds? The answer is 13 times, the most among three nations, Malaysia (formerly Malaya), Indonesia, and China that have ever held the Thomas Cup. It won four consecutive titles from 1970 through 1979 and five consecutive titles from 1994 through 2002.

    1994 through 2002 was a golden era for Indonesia badminton. It's nice to see some old faces such as Joko Suprianto, Rexy Mainaky (the Chief Coach of Indonesia team) returned and shared their experiences with those younger players

    It's nice to see some old faces such as Joko Suprianto, Rexy Mainaky (the Chief Coach of Indonesia team) returned and shared their experiences with those younger players
    It was when players like Alan Budikusuma, Susi Susanti, Mia Audina, Taufik Hidayat, Ricky Subagja and Rexy Mainaky were playing, during which time the country’s players won countless titles and gold medals, such as two Olympic medals won by Alan and Susi in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and another gold medal won by Ricky Subagja and Rexy in 1996 Atlanta Olympic. However, Indonesia's ten-year reign as champions was ended by the resurgence of China in 2004 when the Chinese won the title in Jakarta.

  • Day 1 of Thomas-Uber Cup training camp helped lift shuttlers' spirits

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's shuttlers were dripping with sweat, training hard and enjoying the atmosphere at the first day of Thomas-Uber Cup Finals training camp.

    Lee Chong Wei was reported to have a little discomfort on his left leg but his coach, Rashid Sidek played down that incident as minor problem.  Two years ago,  Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China

    Two years ago, Lee Chong Wei suffered from an early injury at his ankle during the Thomas Cup Group C tie against Denmark at Wuhan, China


    “Chong Wei told us about it and after a diagnosis, it's no really worrisome” said Rashid, who is also the Thomas-Uber Cup project lead. Of course, everyone knows the importance of Chong Wei for the Thomas Cup team. He is the only player in the roster that can guaranteed a victory.
  • Daren Liew becomes Thomas Cup captain

    Selangor: Malaysia's Thomas Cup members have selected Daren Liew as their team captain. The team consists of Chong Wei Feng, Goh Soon Huat, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, 05-5-2014-badminton-news-daren-liew

    05-5-2014-badminton-news-daren-liew
    Tan Boon Heong and Chan Peng Soon hoped this would be a major morale boost to Daren ahead of Thomas Cup Finals which will be held in New Delhi from May 18-25 .

    Although Daren was surprised by the team's decision, the 27-year-old Daren vowed play his best as team captain and the third singles.

  • Hui Lin-Hui Ern's Uber Cup hopes dashed

    The world No. 27 pair, women's doubles Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern were disappointed when they learned they were not included in Malaysia's Uber Cup team.

    Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern remain positive despite not playing in the Uber Cup

    Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern remain positive despite not playing in the Uber Cup
    The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) picked world No. 23 Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, world No. 30 Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Lee world No. 44 Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo as women's doubles players in the Uber Cup Finals.
  • India ready for Thomas and Uber cup

    Indian's Thomas Cup and Uber Cup badminton team will undergo a boot camp at the Siri Fort Sports Complex starting May 7 under the guidance of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand. A 30-member core team will prepare for Saina Nehwal (left), and Gopichand (center) and P Kashyap will form a solid Uber-Thomas Cup team.

    Saina Nehwal (left), and Gopichand (center) and P Kashyap will form a solid Uber-Thomas Cup team.
    the upcoming team championships, out of which 10 men and 10 women shuttlers will be selected to play for India later in the week.
  • Gu Juan quits Singapore's women’s team

    Singapore: Singapore's top female badminton player 23-year old Gu Juan has quit the Singapore national team. According to a statement from the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), the world No. 22 Gu Juan Gu Juan is the best female badminton player in Singapore

    Gu Juan is the best female badminton player in Singapore
    submitted her resignation on April 30, she expressed a “desire to look after her aging parents and nagging injuries”.

    She will not be representing Singapore in the upcoming Uber Cup finals in New Delhi from May 18 to 25.

  • Potential rule changes in Thomas-Uber Cup Finals

    The events committee of Badminton World Federation (BWF) may try to shorten the format of play in Thomas and Uber Cup finals by reducing the number of events from five to three - one singles and two doubles events. Thomas Cup (left) and Uber Cup

    Thomas Cup (left) and Uber Cup
    BWF will discuss this proposal at this year’s council meeting, which will be held during the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi. Currently, the Finals are decided over three singles and two doubles.
  • Lim Khim Wah needs to go back to the basics to fix his serve problem

    KUALA LUMPUR: If you ever see Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah play, it's always dire and scary to see Lim Khim Wah serves. They almost allowed the China pair to force a rubber game in the Malaysia Open on January, due to several service faults called against the Malaysian pair at the end of the second set in men's doubles final.The Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah pair is lacking the stability to become dominant in men's doubles

    The Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah pair is lacking the stability to become dominant in men's doubles

    Although Lim Khim Wah and Goh V Shem were able to capture the Malaysian Open title eventually, but they have been struggling for form since.

  • There’s no 'I' in team for badminton squad

    KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Rashid Sidek wants to have a team-building camp to prepare the national shuttlers for this year’s three major team events.

    The three team events are the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25, Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 28-Oct 5.

    At the Commonwealth Games, there are medals for the mixed team event while the men and women will contest in their respective team events in the Asiad.

    Rashid said he had made a proposal to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management.

    “If all goes well, the camp should take off next month. This is a year full of team events and we want to get a head start. Once we get the green light, we will decide on the venue,” added Rashid.

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