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Keigo Sonoda is married!

Congratulations to Keigo Sonoda! By the way, Kenta Nishimoto's (bottom left) female student cosplay looks so sexy! (photo: Takeshi Kamura)
Tokyo: Japanese men's doubles badminton star Keigo Sonoda has tied the knot with his girlfriend! The current World No. 6 men's doubles player and his girlfriend got married in front of friends and family as the pair threw a wedding ceremony that looked totally fun for the guests. As Sonoda's groomsmaids were wearing pink shirts and shorts, Japan's No. 2 men's...

Ko Sung-Hyun and Shin Baek-Cheol are free to compete as independent players

The return of Kim Sa-rang, Kim Gi-Jung, Ko Sung-Hyun, Shin Baek-Cheol, Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong (from left) will undoubtedly spice up the men's double competition.
Seoul: The 2014 men's doubles world champions Ko Sung-Hyun and Shin Baek-Cheol of South Korea have won their 1-year legal battle against Korean Badminton Association (BKA) after BKA has denied them from competing independently. Ko and Shin have started a legal action against BKA on May 2017 where they took the association to court to challenge its regulation which states...

Zhao Yunlei and Hong Wei tie the knot

Congratulations to Zhao Yunlei and Hong Wei. May their married life be full of fun, love joy and laughter! (photo: Zhao Yunlei's social media page)
Beijing: Chinese badminton legend Zhao Yunlei who won two Olympic gold (one women’s doubles, one mixed doubles), five World Championships (three mixed doubles, two women's doubles), has reportedly tied the knot with Hong Wei, who was also former men's doubles player for the Chinese national team. Zhao Yunlei shocked the badminton world when she posted pictures of her and Hong...

Lee Chong Wei eyes Asian Games title

Lee Chong Wei plays faster than average during the Thomas Cup final. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei was willing to 'sacrifice' high hopes for winning the World Championship title in Nanjing, China in July, instead, he would rather focus on the 18th Asian Games and commonly known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, which scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September in Indonesia. Lee Chong Wei's coach, Hendrawan...

Park Joo-bong: Japan’s success comes from hard work

Congratulations to Park Joo-bong (top row, second from right) for his remarkable coaching record. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: He was one of the all-time greats as a player, with 1 Olympic gold medal (1992, men's doubles), 5 World Championship titles (2 men's doubles, 3 mixed doubles), 9 All England titles (4 men's doubles, 5 mixed doubles), Park Joo-bong, is now merits consideration as one of badminton's greatest head coach after he led Japan's Uber Cup team...

Kento Momota’s road back to badminton stardom

Kento Momota (left) has an extremely bright future ahead of him. (photo: AP)
Kuala Lumpur: The 2016 season sure felt like a particularly bad one for Kento Momota as he was ranked World No. 2 but received an indefinite suspension from Nippon Badminton Association after Momota has admitted gambling at illegal casino, which prevented him from participating in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the Thomas Cup in Kunshan, China, where Japan...

Thomas Cup final: China beat Japan 3-1 to claim title through Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (8 pictures)

Chinese players storm the court after the Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen clinch the winning point for China. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: China won the Thomas Cup for the 10th time on Sunday as Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen saved two match points to beat Japan's scratch pair Keigo Sonoda/Yuta Watanabe 17-21, 21-19, 22-20 in a deciding second men's doubles match. Early in the first set, Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Keigo Sonoda/Yuta Watanabe were neck and neck, after 13-13, the Japanese pair quickly...

Japan end 37-year wait with Uber Cup victory (8 pictures)

Team Japan celebrate after winning the BWF Uber Cup 2018 final against team Thailand in Bangkok. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: Top-seeded Japan breezed past hosts Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok on Saturday to win the prestigious Uber Cup for the first time since 1981. Japanese women's team used to be a major force in the Uber Cup tournament, they've won the Uber Cup in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1978 and 1981. But, ever since China started joining the competition in 1984,...

Kento Momota sends Japan over Denmark 3-2 to set up Thomas Cup final with China

Kento Momota to face Chen Long in the Thomas Cup final. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The fired-up Japan men's team has charged into the final of Thomas Cup final on Friday, beating defending champions Denmark 3-2 in the semi-final, as the 2014 Thomas Cup champion swept all the singles matches on Friday. Kento Momota, redeemed his reputation from the illegal gambling suspension by defeating World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-9. Japan lost...

Ratchanok Intanon carries Thailand to stunning win against China to clash with Japan in Uber Cup final

Ratchanok Intanon inspires other Thailand women's shuttlers to do well in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The odds stacked against her underdog side, Thailand's badminton star Ratchanok Intanon was brimming with confidence Friday night before her team reversed all singles matches in the Uber Cup semi-final tie against badminton powerhouse China who had won the trophy for a staggering 14 time. Intanon rallied from one set down to take the first women's singles in a...

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