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International Badminton at the crossroads of a new Era in the Men's Game
International Badminton at the crossroads of a new Era in the Men's Game

Badminton greats Lee Chong Wei (L) of Malaysia and (R) Lin Dan of China China has been the dominant force in the men’s single discipline of World Badminton for almost two decades but eyebrows have being raised as to how long can the Chinese dominance last with the upsurge of rival nations. Perhaps the most eye-catching turnaround of events in World Badminton was that of Japan beating them at the 2014 Thomas Cup finals, an eve

Jun 24 2015
Top 10 countries that dominate specific sports
Top 10 countries that dominate specific sports

With the Rio Olympics 2016 just a year away, there is a lot of buzz in the media about various countries sending their star players to special preparation camps for the Olympics. Athletes qualifying for Rio make news on television channels these days. While there are a few countries that excel in a single sport, there are countries which are powerhouses of athletes, dominating more than one. It seems surreal, and at the same time a little unfair

Jun 10 2015
Sudirman Cup: China beat Japan 3-0 to retain the title
Sudirman Cup: China beat Japan 3-0 to retain the title

Li Xuerui won a testing match againt Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi China continued their dominance of the SudirmanCup, by beating Japan 3-0 in the final of the tournament on Sunday. The Men’s Doubles pair of Zhang Nan and Hu Faiyeng gave their side the early lead, winning an hard-fought contest against Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayawaka to go 1-0 up in the final. In the second match of the day, it was World No.1 Li Xuerui, who wa

May 17 2015
Sudirman Cup: China through to the semis
Sudirman Cup: China through to the semis

Lin Dan won his singles clash againt Marc Zwiebler 1.Mixed Doubles: Zhang Nan/ Zhao Yunlei vs Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels The Mixed Doubles match proved to be no contest, particularly after the Chinese took the lead 5 minutes into the match. The pair of Zhang and Zhao never let the German enter into the game at any point and raced to 21-9 opening game win. The second game proved to be no different as the Chinese pair showed no mercy on th

May 14 2015
2015 Sudirman Cup: China blank Germany 5-0
2015 Sudirman Cup: China blank Germany 5-0

Li Xuerui overcame an initial hiccup to win her match against Karin Schnasse Defending champions China blanked Germany 5-0 in the first match of the 2015 Sudirman Cup, being played in Dongguan, China. Here’s a roundup of the results from that rubber: 1.Mixed Doubles: Ma Xin/XuChen(CHN) vs Michael Fuchs/Birget Fuchs(GER) The Germans took an early lead in this contest, but the Chines came storming back to make it 11-7 at the break. The

Lin Dan wins Badminton Asia Championships with a comfortable win over Tian Houwei
Lin Dan wins Badminton Asia Championships with a comfortable win over Tian Houwei

Lin Dan and Tian Houwei pose with their medals in the Badminton Asia Championships final Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan beat his compatriot Tian Houwei 21-18, 21-8 to be crowned the Asian champion. It was tough to separate the duo in the opening game as both had chances to go ahead, but unforced errors from both meant we had a fight on our hands.  The experience of Dan came to the fore at 18-18 in the opening game. He put press

Apr 26 2015
Chen Long, Carolina Marin win titles in Malaysia Open
Chen Long, Carolina Marin win titles in Malaysia Open

Chen Long poses with the Malaysia Open title Kuala Lumpur, April 5 (IANS) China's Chen Long and Spain's Carolina Marin clinched the men's and women's singles titles respectively, in the $500,000 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament at the Putra Stadium here on Sunday. Reigning World champion Long overcame compatriot and five-time World champion Lin Dan 20-22, 21-13, 21-11 in an hour and 18 minutes. Th

Apr 5 2015
Kidambi Srikanth hopes for India Open final against Lin Dan
Kidambi Srikanth hopes for India Open final against Lin Dan

Kidambi Srikanth New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is hoping for a men's singles final against two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan at the $275,000 India Open Superseries, which commences here on Tuesday. Though the Chinese has defeated Srikanth twice, the World No.4 Indian came out on top when the two last met at the China Open final last November. "I hope so. I hope I meet him in the final again,&

Mar 23 2015
Chen Long beats Lin Dan to reach All England Open final
Chen Long beats Lin Dan to reach All England Open final

Chen Long Birmingham, March 8 (IANS) World No. 1 Chen Long of China beat two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan for the first time in their seven meetings to reach the final at the All England badminton championships here. Chen, the All England winner in 2013, took a surprise straight set win 21-13, 21-12 in just 45 minutes. He will fight for the title on Sunday against Denmark's Jan O. Jorgensen, who defeated Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-11,

Mar 8 2015
Lin Dan questions draw in All England Championships
Lin Dan questions draw in All England Championships

Lin Dan unhappy with draw Birmingham, March 7 (IANS): Five-time World champion Lin Dan felt it hard to understand the All England Open draw that put all five Chinese players in the same half. Lin, bidding for his sixth All England title, fought off stiff challenge from Japan's Kento Momota with a 21-18, 21-19 win. He set up a semifinal clash with top seed and teammate Chen Long, who eased past sixth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei

Mar 7 2015
Lin Dan reaches last eight at All England Championship
Lin Dan reaches last eight at All England Championship

Lin-dan didn’t have it that easy against Tian Houwei Birmingham, March 6 (IANS): Five times champion Lin Dan of China fought off a tenacious challenge from compatriot Tian Houwei to reach the men's singles last eight at the All England Open Badminton Championships here. The two-time Olympic champion and five times World Champion beat the 23-year-old Tian 21-15, 21-19 at the Barclaycard Arena on Thursday, reports Xinhua. "Nob

Mar 6 2015
Lin Dan advances to second round at All England Championships
Lin Dan advances to second round at All England Championships

Lin Dan struggled on his return  Birmingham, March 5 (IANS): Five-time champion Lin Dan beat Wei Nan 21-14, 12-21, 21-16 to reach the last 16 of the All England Open Badminton Championships here. Playing his first match at the prestigious tournament in three years, the Chinese super star on Wednesday looked on track for a comfortable victory after the first game before dropping the second, raising concerns over his recurring knee

Mar 5 2015
Lin Dan eyes sixth All England title
Lin Dan eyes sixth All England title

Lin Dan Birmingham, March 4 (IANS) Returning to the world's oldest badminton tournament for the first time since 2012, Chinese superstar Lin Dan said that he will try to win the title for the sixth time. "It is amazing to win the title here because we professional players have always regarded All England Open as a mini-World Championship," said the two-time Olympic and five-time World Champion, reports Xinhua. "I have

Mar 4 2015
Super Dan looks to win third Olympic title in Rio
Super Dan looks to win third Olympic title in Rio

Lin Dan Beijing, Jan 7 (IANS) Two-time Olympic and five-time World champion Lin Dan Wednesday said he is aiming to win his third Olympic title at the 2016 Rio Games. The top Chinese badminton player spoke at a ceremony where he inked a deal with sports gear manufacturer Yonex, reports Xinhua. "I hope to win the third Olympic gold medal in Rio, which can show children around the world how one can realise one's dream through ha

Jan 7 2015
Champions receive grand welcome
Champions receive grand welcome

K.Srikanth and Saina Nehwal Seldom it is that such extravagant reception take place in our country especially for badminton. But it was truly deserved this year. With Saina ’s victory against the mighty Chinese and Shrikant  Kidambi’s win over Super Dan and Chen Long were milestones for them as well as the sport. Shrikant created history by winning the China Super Series Premiere title. Everyone including the India

Nov 26 2014
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