• Lin Dan remains as dangerous as ever, wins China Masters

    Jiangsu: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan kicked off 2016 with a remarkable run of winning 2 consecutive titles at German Open and the All England Open, then he failed in India Open, Malaysia Open and Singapore Open.Lin Dan is slowly getting back into his formidable form. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan is slowly getting back into his formidable form. (photo: AFP)

  • Lin Dan gears up to tackle Chen Long in China Masters final

    Jiangsu: The two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion Lin Dan was one match away from winning the 2016 China Masters title. The Chinese No. 2 seed breezing to a comfortable 21-13, 21-15 victory against his junior Lin Guipu who has a nickname of "Little Lin Dan" in the semi-finals of China Masters in Jiangsu on Saturday.Lin Dan and Chen Long are trying to rank World No. 1 and World No. 2 before the deadline for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games qualification ends on May 1st.

    Lin Dan and Chen Long are trying to rank World No. 1 and World No. 2 before the deadline for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games qualification ends on May 1st.

  • Chen Long, Lin Dan into semifinals of China Masters

    Jiangsu: Men's singles top seed Chen Long and second seed Lin Dan have made it to the semi-finals of the 2016 China Masters on Friday.

    Chen needed only 46 minutes to see off No. 7 seed Indian shuttler H. S. Prannoy with 21-10, 21-15. Chen will play No. 12 seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand on Saturday. Meanwhile, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk breezed into the semi-finals with a straight-sets win over Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-13, 21-18 in 49 minutes.Chen Long and Lin Dan are trying to occupy the World No. 1 and No. 2 position to avoid facing each prior to the finals in Rio Olympics.

    Chen Long and Lin Dan are trying to occupy the World No. 1 and No. 2 position to avoid facing each prior to the finals in Rio Olympics.

  • Ratchanok Intanon surges atop world No. 1 ranking

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning three consecutive Superseries tournaments over the past three weeks including India, Malaysia and Singapore Open, 21-year-old Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand had moved up one place to the world No 1 ranking in the latest world badminton rankings released by Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.Congratulations to Ratchanok Intanon for being World No. 1. (photo: GettyImages)

    Congratulations to Ratchanok Intanon for being World No. 1. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying advance to China Masters quarters

    Jiangsu: Malaysia's badminton mixed doubles world No. 11 pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying were the only Malaysian shuttlers to reach the quarter-finals of the China Masters in Changzhou, Jiangsu, on Thursday.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying need to do more to significantly improves their chances of winning championships in big tournaments. (photo: GettyImages)

    Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying need to do more to significantly improves their chances of winning championships in big tournaments. (photo: GettyImages)

  • No problem as Chen Long, Lin Dan advance into China Masters 3rd round

    Jiangsu: With the support of home crowds, World No. 1 Chen Long and two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan eased into the China Masters third round on Wednesday.Lin Dan could be tuning up for another run at the Rio Olympic. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan could be tuning up for another run at the Rio Olympic. (photo: AFP)

  • Iskandar Zainuddin, Daren Liew through to China Masters second round

    Jiangsu: Malaysia's national champion Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin kicked off his China Masters campaign with a 21-15, 21-16 demolition of Japanese Koki Watanabe to reach the second round on Tuesday.Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia looks to maintain his momentum at China Masters. (photo: Getty Images)

    Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia looks to maintain his momentum at China Masters. (photo: Getty Images)

  • Sony Dwi Kuncoro holds nerve to stun Lin Dan in Singapore

    Singapore: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan was dumped out by the veteran from Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro on a day when men's doubles and mixed doubles No. 1 seeds were also sent packing at the Singapore Open semi-finals.

    The Chinese badminton superstar Lin Dan looked sluggish in the opening game as Kuncoro crossed the finish line with a 21-10 easy win.

    Lin Dan fought back while trailing 9-10 to win the second set 21-17 and forced a decider.Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

    Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia drops to his knees as he defeats Lin Dan in the Singapore Open semi-finals. (photo: AFP)

  • Chen Long and Carolina Marin make shocking Singapore Open exits

    Singapore: World No. 1 men's singles shuttler Chen Long of China was sent packing by Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long on Friday.

    Chen's hope of capturing his first ever Singapore Open title fizzled out as he sank to a 14-21, 18-21 defeat against the World No. 14 Angus Ng. In their previous encounter, Ng lost to Chen at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships.Angus Ng Ka Long(above), arms raised in triumph after defeating Chen Long in the quarter-finals of Singapore Open. (photo: Xinhua)

    Angus Ng Ka Long(above), arms raised in triumph after defeating Chen Long in the quarter-finals of Singapore Open. (photo: Xinhua)

  • Lin Dan eases into Singapore Open quarters

    Singapore: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was near flawless as he marched into the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan.

    The 19-year-old Jonatan offered little resistance to Lin, went down to the Chinese badminton superstar 13-21 in the first set.

    Lin looked untroubled when he concluded his straight-set victory by winning his second set 21-7. The No. 2 seed Lin Dan will take on No. 8 seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto on Friday.Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lin Dan meets the media ahead of the OUE Singapore Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Chen Long survives massive scare in Singapore Open

    Singapore: World No. 1 men's singles shuttler Chen Long avoided a first round exit on Thursday, surviving an almighty scare from Indian shuttler H. S. Prannoy at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.Chen Long and Lin Dan at the 2016 Singapore Open press conference. (photo: AFP)

    Chen Long and Lin Dan at the 2016 Singapore Open press conference. (photo: AFP)

  • Chen Long: Momota's absence doesn't make winning Singapore Open easier

    Singapore: It will definitely be a different vibe when playing badminton without Kento Momota.

    Kento Momota will not be able to defend the Singapore Open title he won last year after he was kicked off the Japan national team by Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) last Sunday by visiting an illegal casino.Chen Long has yet to win a championship in 2016.

    Chen Long has yet to win a championship in 2016.

  • Lee Chong Wei advances as Lin Dan and Carolina Marin exit Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: No. 2 seed and 10-time Malaysia Open champion Lee Chong Wei sealed a semi-final spot at the Malaysia Open after overcoming Denmark player Viktor Axelsen at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Friday.

    Lee, ranked third in the world, displayed confidence and fine form in the 40-minute game with swift attacks and a sturdy defense to defeat Axelsen 21-14, 21-13.Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Jan O Jorgensen takes on Lin Dan at the 2016 Malaysia Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in Malaysia Open quarters

    Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei once again became Malaysia's sole men’s singles representative at a prestigious international badminton competition when the 10-time Malaysia Open winner dominated the second round Malaysia Open match to knock out Son Wan Ho of Korea 21-18, 21-12 on Thursday.Chan Peng Soon (L) and Goh Liu Ying (2nd L) of Malaysia were playing against Xu Chen (R) and Ma Jin (2nd R) of China at the 2012 China Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Chan Peng Soon (L) and Goh Liu Ying (2nd L) of Malaysia were playing against Xu Chen (R) and Ma Jin (2nd R) of China at the 2012 China Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long, Carolina Marin line up for Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: With the Rio Olympics looming in August, world's top badminton stars including Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long and Carolina Marin are set battle in the men’s singles and women’s singles events at Malaysia Open Superseries Premier that slated to kick off on Tuesday.Hope to see a strong showing from a very motivated Lee Chong Wei at Malaysia Open.

    Hope to see a strong showing from a very motivated Lee Chong Wei at Malaysia Open.

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan crash out as upsets hit India Open

    New Delhi: Top seed Lee Chong Wei, two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan, and World No. 5 Jan Jorgensen crashed out of the India Open second round on Thursday as the tournament was rocked by major upsets.Lin Dan holds a 9-2 record against Son Wan Ho after Thursday's defeat. (photo: AFP)

    Lin Dan holds a 9-2 record against Son Wan Ho after Thursday's defeat. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan reach India Open 2nd round

    New Delhi: Predictably, top seeded men's singles player Lee Chong Wei who is eyeing for his fourth India Open title after emerging triumphant in 2011, 2013 and 2014, beat his overmatched Japanese opponent Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-17 to reach the second round of India Open on Wednesday. Lee Chong Wei will play face Wei Nan of Hong Kong next. Wei Nan will be a tough nut to crack as Lee lost to the Hong Kong player in the second round of Denmark Open last year.Lee Chong Wei aiming to bounce back from his All England shock at India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

    Lee Chong Wei aiming to bounce back from his All England shock at India Open. (photo: GettyImages)

  • China drops Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan from Thomas Cup roster

    Beijing: China named an offensive men's squad and an experienced women's lineup on Thursday for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals which is to be held at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, China, from May 15th to May 22nd.Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan's unstable performance was the main reason why they were excluded from the 2016 Thomas Cup. (photo: GettyImages)

    Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan's unstable performance was the main reason why they were excluded from the 2016 Thomas Cup. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lin Dan jumps to No. 2, while Nozomi Okuhara rises to 3rd in BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning back to back German Open and All England titles in last two weeks, Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan overtook Lee Chong Wei and Kento Momota as he climbed up to World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that was released on Thursday.An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

    An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

  • Nozomi Okuhara, Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov win All England

    Birmingham: Nothing could be better than winning an All England title to top her birthday celebration when Nozomi Okuhara fought back from a set down against two-time champion Wang Shixian of China 21-11, 16-21, 21-19 to win the thrilling women's singles final on Sunday.Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

    Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia hold up the 2016 All England men's doubles champion trophy during the awarding ceremony.(photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers)

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