• 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.

  • Exclusive coverage from BadmintonPlanet.com: China shows its dominance in China Masters GP Gold

    Changzhou: China made it a clean sweep at China Masters GP Gold finals tomorrow following a spectacular all Chinese finals in all five categories.

    The most anticipated match of the semi-finals was undoubtedly the match between Lin Dan and defending champion, Wang Zhengming. Lin Dan won all 3 of their previous meetings.Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

    Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

  • BadmintonPlant.com to provide exclusive coverage for China Masters GP Gold

    5-time World Champion and 2 time Olympic gold medalist, Lin Dan faced some resistance in China Masters Badminton Open quarter-final but still managed to bulldoze his way through the threats posed by Derek Wong from Singapore.

     

    Lin Dan got off a good start in the first set by leading Derek 4-1 but Derek started launching his attacks to tie the score at 5-5 and was able to snatch 3 more consecutive points. The tournament's superstars showed no fear and showcased his spectacular drop shots, and cross court smashing to catch back up to Derek at 10-10, and then went on to seal the first set with 21-16.Lin Dan, are you OK?

    Lin Dan, are you OK?

  • China Masters GP: Lin Dan and 3 Malaysian pairs advance to quarter finals

    China: The world No. 104 Lin Dan (according to the newly released BWF ranking) showed no mercy to his Chinese Taipei opponent Hsu Shao Wen Lin Dan defeated Hsu Shao Wen in the second round of China Masters Badminton GP

    Lin Dan defeated Hsu Shao Wen in the second round of China Masters Badminton GP
    in the second round of China Masters GP Gold Open, by winning the match 21-11, 21-8 in just 27 minutes on Thursday. He will play Derek Wong from Singapore in the quarter final on Friday.

  • Lin Dan through to 2nd round of China Masters GP Gold

    China: In the China Masters GP Gold that began on Wednesday, April 16, two time Olympic gold medalist, world No. 103 Lin Dan has stolen the spotlight in his return to competitive badminton with an impressive victory over world No. 126 Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand, 21-12 21-12 in just 36 minutes.Lin Dan is back!

    Lin Dan is back!

  • Lin Dan is set to play in the Asian Badminton Championships

    Beijing: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan will take part in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) inGimcheon, South Korea from April 22-27.

    Lin Dan will first play in China Masters Grand Prix Gold, and then Asian Badminton Championships

    Lin Dan will first play in China Masters Grand Prix Gold, and then Asian Badminton Championships
    Lee Chong Wei will skip the tournament and Badminton Association of Malaysia is going to pay Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC), a fine of US$2,000 (RM6,500) for withdrawing Chong Wei from the men’s singles event. In addition to Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia will also withdraw doubles pairs Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem. Of course, Malaysia will have to pay the fine for withdrawing these pairs.

  • Badminton still belongs to Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

    The rivalry between between world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan has been called the greatest rivalry in badminton history. But almost simultaneously another Chinese shuttler — Chen Long has been inching closer to creating the same kind of contest with these 2 players. The greatest rivalry in badminton - Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

    The greatest rivalry in badminton - Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

  • Lee Chong Wei: Hire Misbun (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has recommended his former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek to be the head coach for the national training centre.

    The 31-year-old Chong Wei gave this opinion when he attended the Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by acting chairman Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff last week – before he left for China to play in an exhibition match with five-time world champion Lin Dan of China. The student and his mentor. This filepic shows Lee Chong Wei and long-time coach Misbun Sidek together at the Malaysian Open tournament in 2011 before Misbun left the BAM.

    Chong Wei, when contacted after the exhibition match, said that the national team needed a supremo to manage the players and coaches – similar to how other countries are running their programmes.

  • Chong Wei To Partner Arch-Rival Lin Dan In Exhibition Doubles Match, in Lingshui, China (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei has always stood across the net from Lin Dan of China but come Sunday, the two greatest players will do the unthinkable – team up in the men’s doubles event in the name of sports promotion.

    On Monday, Chong Wei said that he was looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside Lin Dan in an exhibition match on Feb 16 in Lingshui, China, in conjunction with the opening of a new national training centre in the province. Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan (right) in a file photo. The long-time rivals will be pairing up to play as a doubles pair against Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in an exhibition match.

    And to make it even more mouth-watering, the duo will take on five-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China.

    It is the first time that Lin Dan will be making his appearance in front of his fans after having beaten Chong Wei in the final of the World Championships in Guangzhou last August.

  • Lin Dan fails to make the cut for All-England (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not have his nemesis Lin Dan of China as one of his opponents at the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the entries for the prestigious event on Thursday and five-time world champion Lin Dan, who had indicated making a return to the training centre recently after a six-month absence, did not make the cut.

    Lin Dan is currently ranked 103rd in the world.In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will be hoping to win the All-England title for the third time. However, he will face strong opposition as the rest of the players in the top 10 standings have confirmed their entry.

  • Lin Dan signals intention to return (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Five-time world champion Lin Dan of China has announced his intention to resume training at the national centre - sparking talk of his long-awaited comeback to the international scene.Lin Dan may see action at the German Open or the All England qualifiers.

    If all goes well, Lin Dan, who is currently ranked 103rd in the world, may see action in either the German Open or All England qualifying tournaments. The German Open is from Feb 26-March 2 and the All England is from March 4-9.

    If he fails to make the cut for these two tournaments, there is a big probability he will feature in the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold from March 11-16.

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