The 2016 edition of the Indonesia Superseries gets underway in the capital city of Jakarta from Monday. It is perhaps one of the two events in the next fortnight or so that participants will look to gain valuble preparations ahead of Rio Olympics, the second event being the Australian open, that begins in early June.Here’s a look at 5 Men’s Singles contenders for the competition:1.Chen Long He might not have had the greatest year
The 2016 edition of the Thoma and Ubder Cup will get underway in Kunshan,China from Sunday and even though the Rio qualification period is over, this competition will certainly be vital, in terms of gaining some much required confidence.Here’s a look at the Top 5 contenders. 1.China Always a top contender at any event, China will once again enter into the Thomas Cup Finals as firm favourite to lift the title. In Lin Dan and
Lin Dan in action during a previous tournament The Chinese duo of World No.1 Chen Long and No.3 Lin Dan will battle it out against other top shuttlers from 28 countries at the upcoming Australian Badminton Open next month, to make their final preparations for the Rio Olympics in August.Chen is facing stiff competition as Lin sets to make amends for his shock early exit at the 2015 tournament while runner-up, giant slayer and European Champio
Saina Nehwal begn her campaign on a positive noteDay 3Men’s singlesLee Chong Wei bt Chen Long 21-17 15-21 21-13Women’s SinglesWang Yihan bt Li Xuerui 21-14 13-21 21-16Women’s DoublesMisaki Matsumoto/Ayaka Takahashi bt Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao 21-13 21-15Men’s DoublesLee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Song bt Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen 21-14 28-26Mixed DoublesZhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei bt Tontowi Ahmed/Liliyana Natsir 16-21 21-9 21-17Day 2Men&rs
With the 2016 Bonny China Masters being the final Grand Prix Gold event on the BWF calendar before the qualification period for the Rio Olympic Games ends on May 1, a bevy of stars has already descended on the Chinese city of Jiangsu. Competition will be tough as everyone will be aiming to produce their very best and grab those valuable points to get a chance to compete for Olympic medals.There have been a few inconsistencies from the biggest sta
The final Superseries tournament before the end of the qualification period for the Rio Olympics is the Singapore Open, the main draw of which begins from Wednesday. The top seeds will thus be determined to put their best foot forward at this event.Here’s a look at the top five contenders for the men’s singles title:Chen Long – top seedWith an early loss at the All England Championships and a final defeat at the Malaysia Open la
Action during the Malaysia Open 2014.Action is heating up in the badminton circuit with the main draw play about to start at the season’s second Superseries Premier tournament – the Malaysia Open in Shah Alam. Players will be keen to give their very best to put themselves in a comfortable position ahead of the Olympics.As a new edition of the Malaysia Open begins, let us have a look at the singles performances in this event in the pas
We are excatly a month away from the deadline to end for qualification to Rio 2016 and the second last event that is expected to assume siginificance is the Malaysian Opn Superseries Premier that begins in Shah Alam from Wednesday.Here’s a look at the Top 5 male contenders for he title: 1.Chen LongChen Long will look to win back-to-back Malaysia Open titlesHe may have suffered a shocking loss in the second round at the All England Cham
China's Xue Song in action during the round of 16 match Holder Chen Long was sent packing of the All-England Championships as fellow Chinese and close friend Xue Song continued the upsets in the men's singles on ThursdayA day after second-ranked Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia was sent packing, top seed Chen was beaten 21-19 21-17 as Xue atoned for his early defeat last year to advance to the quarter-finals of the sport's oldest event.
Saina Nehwal made it through to the quartersHere are the results from Day 2 of the All England Championships in Birmingham:Men’s SinglesLin Dan beat Sho Sasaki 20-22 21-6 21-8Tian Houwei beat Sameer Verma 10-21 21-12 21-19Jan O Jorgenson beat NG Ka Long Angus 21-13 21-16Kento Momota beat Kidambi Srikanth 21-10 21-13Marc Zwiebler beat Tommy Sugiarto 21-14 21-16Viktor Axelson beat Son Wan Ho 21-19 22-24 21-12Hans-Vittinghus beat Sai Praneeth
Chen took 57 minutes to beat Japanese qualifier Kenta NishimotoWorld champions Chen Long of China and Spain's Carolina Marin were tested as they got the defence of their singles titles underway with contrasting wins at the All-England Championships on Wednesday.Chen took 57 minutes to beat Japanese qualifier Kenta Nishimoto 21-18 21-12 while Marin held off Bae Yeon Ju of Korea in a marathon 88-minute, error-prone encounter."The first gam
We are just 2 days away from the start of the latest edition of the All England Championships In Birmingham. The tournament assumes larger significance this year, as players from across the globe look to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August.Here’s a look at the Top men’s Singles contenders.Note: The dark horse include Kidambi Srikanth, Viktor Axelson, Tommy Sugiarto and Chou Tien Chen.
Chen Long in action during the BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals.Badminton World Federation (BWF) updated the latest 'Race to Rio' Olympic qualification rankings with Chinese shuttlers Chen Long taking first place in men's singles and Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei maintaining top place in mixed doubles.According to the rules of qualification, in the singles event, if all athletes from one country are ranked between 1 and 16, this countr
2015 was another banner year for sports, but when has a year not been so? Every single year, it seems, we see hundreds of compelling, captivating, cathartic storylines in the sporting world, with heroes and superheroes emerging in each discipline. There's an epic battle at every athletic corner of the world, and a legendary gladiator standing tall whenever the dust settles. Comparing those fascinating storylines and heroic perfor
The 2015 World Championships finalists are in the same draw The final major tournament of the year is almost upon us. Over the course of the next week, the top-8 Men’s and Women’s Singles player and the Top-8 Men’s and Women’s Doubles pairs will look to finish 2015 on a high at the Superseries Finals in Dubai. The competition, scheduled to begin on Wednesday, will see a whole host of stars take the court, incl