• Indonesian Open kicks off in Jakarta

    Jakarta -- The one-week Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament kicked off in Indonesia's capital city Jakarta on Tuesday with the absence of China's Olympic and world champion Lin Dan.Indonesia Open kicks off without Super Dan

    Indonesia Open kicks off without Super Dan

    The tournament, offering 750,000 U.S. dollars in prizes has attracted more than 200 shuttlers including world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Chinese ace Li Xuerui from 27 countries and regions.

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei prevails on day full of upsets

    Tokyo: On a day full of upsets in Japan Open quarter finals, world number one Lee Chong Wei managed to avoid an upset bid from Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia by closing it out 21-15, 12-21, 21-17 in 62-minute. Chong Wei will set up a mouth-watering clash with Kenichi Tago who is on a revenge mission, having whitewashed by Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup final last month.Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    On the other hand, luck was not on China's side in the quarter final of Japan Open, where two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was toppled by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 19-21, 21-13, 16-21; and Chen Long was crushed by Hu Yun of Hong Kong 18-21, 21-19, 15-21.

  • Japan Open: Mixed results for Malaysian in the second round

    Tokyo: In the second round of Japan Open badminton championships, the defending champion world number 1 Lee Chong Wei won the first set against Marc Zwiebler of Germany easily with 21-13, but was forced to work hard as the resilient German stretched Chong Wei to 28-26 in the second set before conceded defeat. Chong Wei will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the quarter-finals tomorrow.Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    Watch the fantastic battle between Lee Chong Wei and Marc Zwiebler at http://video.badmintonplanet.com/2014-japan-open.html

    According to Lee Chong Wei's coach Tey Seu Bock, shuttle slowness caused the game to be very slow tempo, thus allowing the opponent to have more time to react to Chong Wei's attacks.

  • Japan Open: Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup lost

    Kuala Lumpur: Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren who lost to their Japanese opponents in the Thomas Cup final, are ready to bounce back in the Japan Open that starts June 10.Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    Malaysian shuttlers vow to bounce back after Thomas Cup loss

    In the Thomas Cup final, Tan Boon Heong-Hoon Thien How lost to Kenichi Hayakama/Hiroyuki Endo 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 of Japan after winning the first game. Wei Feng was tamed by 19-year-old Kento Momota, and Daren Liew was knocked off by Takuma Ueda in heartbreaking fashion as Malaysia lost to Japan 3-2.

  • Possible Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan showdown in Japan Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Lin Dan will have to qualify to play in the main draw of Japan Open.It's going to be exciting to see Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan in Japan Open

    It's going to be exciting to see Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan in Japan Open

    Nevertheless, he should be able to roll through Kazumasa Sakai in his first qualifying match; he will probably play Daren Liew of Malaysia for a spot in the main draw. If everything goes well, Lin Dan will face Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the second round.

  • Lin Dan needs to go through the qualifying stages for Australian Open

    Beijing: Two-time Olympic badminton gold medallist and five-time world champion Lin Dan will have to qualify to make his debut at this month's Australian Open, organisers said Monday.China's Lin Dan's world ranking has plummeted to a point he must first take part in qualifiers for Australian Open.

    China's Lin Dan's world ranking has plummeted to a point he must first take part in qualifiers for Australian Open.

    Lin, 30, considered the greatest badminton player of all time, saw his ranking drop to 104 after a seven-month sabbatical from the sport, returning to win the Asia Championships and China Masters this year.

  • US soldier played badminton with Taliban captors

    USA: There’s a saying that goes "any publicity is good publicity," and while I’m not so sure about that, I do noticed the way Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from USA played badminton has received more media coverage than Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan.A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl engaged with his captors, teaching them how to play badminton and inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas with them.

    A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl engaged with his captors, teaching them how to play badminton and inviting them to celebrate Easter and Christmas with them.

  • Lee Chong Wei wins 2013 BWF Male Player of the Year

    New Delhi: Lee Chong Wei was named the BWF Male Player of the Year for 2013 for his remarkable performances in 2013 by winning 6 superseries tournaments and the Super Series Masters Finals; he was also the runner-up in the World Championships in Guangzhou last year. Other BWF Male Player of the Year 2013 nominees were Lin Dan and Chen Long of China, the doubles duo Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia; and Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae of South Korea.Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

    Lee Chong Wei received the 2013 Male Player of the Year award from the President of Badminton Association of India, Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta at the annual BWF Gala Awards Dinner held in the sidelines of Thomas and Uber Cup tournament being held in Delhi.

  • 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.

  • Lin Dan can't play in World Championships? Not done deal just yet!

    Beijing: China is the superpower of badminton, they have solid depth of elite shuttlers that ranked in the top 100. These shuttlers provided China more versatility for designing a better line-up to target certain tournaments. Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet

    Don't rule out possibility of Super Dan playing in world championhips just yet
    And you are right, China is capable of pulling off another surprising twist in this year's World Championship by adding Lin Dan to its roster.

  • No wildcard for Lin Dan at World Championships 2014

    KUALA LUMPUR: In last year’s world badminton champioIn World Championships 2013, Lee Chong Wei had to throw in the towel when he succumbed to cramps during the final World Championships match against China's Lin Dan (right).

    In World Championships 2013, Lee Chong Wei had to throw in the towel when he succumbed to cramps during the final World Championships match against China's Lin Dan (right).
    nships, Badminton World Federation (BWF) granted Lin Dan a wild card so he could compete in the tournament. The Olympic champion from China ended up winning his fifth world title after first coming from a game down and then overturning a 10-6 final game deficit to force his great rival, and good friend, Lee Chong Wei to retire at 20-17 down in another epic Lee Chong Wei vs. Lin Dan showdown.
  • Malaysian professional badminton league to launch in September

    Kuala Lumpur: A new Malaysian badminton league called Malaysia Purple League (MPL) is set to get underway later this year (from September 2014 to February 2015) which will see twelve franchises taking part in the RM2 million overall prize money competition. The Malaysia Purple League is a good way to search of a worthy successor to world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei

    The Malaysia Purple League is a good way to search of a worthy successor to world number one singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei

    The MPL will feature the best Malaysia players such as superstar Lee Chong Wei and new, emerging talent, as well as some of the great badminton stars from China, Korea and Europe. The league is expected to feature Lin Dan, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, Lee Yong-dae and Markis Kido.

  • (Video) China, Korea each win 2 titles at Asian Badminton Championships

    Lin Dan won his third and a hard-fought title in men's singles at the Asian Badminton Championships against Sho Sasaki of Japan 14-21, 21-9, 21-15 in the seesawLin Dan shows off his 2014 Asian Badminton Championship gold medal

    Lin Dan shows off his 2014 Asian Badminton Championship gold medal
    final that took 66 minutes in Gimcheon. This was his back to back win after last week's China Masters title. Lin got off to a sluggish start in the first set, Sho Sasaki took advantage of Lin Dan's sloppy mistakes, and reeled off the first set with a 21-14 win.

  • Lee Chong Wei: "Welcome back, Lin Dan"

    KUALA LUMPUR: Chong Wei's dramatic defeat against Lin Dan in the final of the London Olympic was exactly the kind of epic showdown that stops him thinking about retiring.I wish I can see them play atleast once before their retired.

    I wish I can see them play atleast once before their retired.

    After 8 months long "vacation" the two-time Olympic Games champion Lin Dan captured the China Masters Grand Prix Gold title last week to jump 19 rungs from No. 104 to No. 83 in the world rankings.

  • Lin Dan will face Sho Sasaki in Asia Badminton Championships Final

    Korea: Lin Dan is on course to a back to back title after he reached the men's singles final at the Asia Badminton Championships (ABC) on Saturday.

    Things looked so easy for Lin by beating compatriot Liu Kai 21-14, 21-13 in the semi-finals in just 27 minutes. Lin Dan has been so dominance in ABC, as he has yet to lose a set and win all his games with less than 34 minutes in Gimcheon.Sho Sasaki finised 5th at London Olympics.

    Sho Sasaki finised 5th at London Olympics.

    Lin will play against world number 23, Sho Sasaki of Japan, in Sunday's final. Sho Sasaki defeated Hwang Jong-Soo of South Korea 21-13, 21-15 in another semi-final.

  • Malaysian crash out, while Lin Dan cruises into semi-finals of Asia Championships

    Korea: Malaysian ended their journey at the Badminton Asia Championships on Friday when Low Juan Shen/Nelson Heg Wei Keat went down to Shi Longfei/Chen Zhuofu of China 21-18, 21-13; while Anscelly Amelia Alicia/Soong Fie Cho faltered against Indian pair Ashwini Ponnappa/Jwata Gutta 21-12, 21-12.I wish I can replace my beer belly with Lin Dan's six pack abs

    I wish I can replace my beer belly with Lin Dan's six pack abs

    In the men's singles, Lin Dan took 34 minutes to defeat Wei Nan of Hong Kong 21-10, 21-7 to cruise into the semi-finals of the men's singles at the Badminton Asia Championships.

  • Two Malaysian pairs and China's Lin Dan reach quarter-finals

    Korea: Malaysia's women’s doubles shuttlers Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho kept calm and focused to beat Hsieh Pei-chen-Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan 21-14, 21-14 in a 30-minute second round match to set up a last eight clash against India’s former World Championships bronze medalists Ashwini Ponnappa-Jwala Gutta of India. Woon Khe Wei (right) and Vivian Hoo crashed out of Asian Badminton Championships

    Woon Khe Wei (right) and Vivian Hoo crashed out of Asian Badminton Championships
    The pair saved Malaysia's blushes on a day most of the other Malaysians fell by the wayside.

  • Kidambi Srikanth benefits by learning from the master - Lin Dan

    The seventh seed player in the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships being held in Gimcheon, Korea, Kidambi Srikanth of India knew his first match against Lin Dan would not be easy. Playing a game against Lin Dan would be a good learning experience fro Kidambi Srikanth.

    Playing a game against Lin Dan would be a good learning experience fro Kidambi Srikanth.
    And he was right, 'Super' Dan needed only 32 minutes to beat the Indian 21-7, 21-14.
  • Video - China Masters GP Gold Men's Singles Final - Lin Dan vs Tian Houwei

     
  • Exclusive coverage from BadmintonPlanet.com: Oh baby, Lin Dan does it again!

    Changzhou: Came off of a 8 months long "vacation", Lin Dan still showed good footwork, displayed poise in his drop shots and smashes, and kept his composure well. Lin Dan happily posed for pictures with Tian Houwei after the match

    Lin Dan happily posed for pictures with Tian Houwei after the match
    Lin Dan defeated Tian Houwei from China to lift the men's singles title in the China Masters GP Gold.

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