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Australian Badminton Open: Chen Long, Lin Dan make final preparations before Olympics
Australian Badminton Open: Chen Long, Lin Dan make final preparations before Olympics

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

May 4 2016
Top 5 men’s singles contenders for the China Masters GPG
Top 5 men’s singles contenders for the China Masters GPG

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

Apr 19 2016
Singapore Open: Lin Dan crashes out in semi-finals
Singapore Open: Lin Dan crashes out in semi-finals

Lin Dan of China hits a return shot against Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia Chinese badminton icon Lin Dan was stunned by world No. 56 Sony Kuncoro of Indonesia in the men's singles semi-finals at the Singapore Open Superseries here on Saturday.Quick off the block, Kuncoro raced to a 21-10 victory in the first game. Lin then dug deep to take the second game at 21-17 and the tie went into a tie-breaker, before the Indonesian found enough re

Apr 16 2016
Top 5 Men’s Singles contenders for the Singapore Open Superseries title
Top 5 Men’s Singles contenders for the Singapore Open Superseries title

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

Apr 12 2016
2016 Malaysian Open Superseries Premier: Top 5 Men's Singles contenders
2016 Malaysian Open Superseries Premier: Top 5 Men's Singles contenders

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

Saina, Sindhu reach quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei out of India Open
Saina, Sindhu reach quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei out of India Open

PV Sindhu in action at the India Open on Thursday (image courtesy: BAI)The top two Indian women’s singles shuttlers – Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu – booked their places in the quarter-finals of the $300,000 Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries on Thursday but curtains shockingly came down on the campaigns of superstars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in men’s singles.Second seed and defending women’s singles champion Saina N

Mar 31 2016
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan leaves best for last, Nozomi Okuhara wins women's crown
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan leaves best for last, Nozomi Okuhara wins women's crown

China's Lin Dan shakes hands with China's Tian Houwei after the men's singles final. China’s Lin Dan swept to his sixth All-England Championships title on Sunday and then insisted he was good enough to win a third Olympic men’s singles gold medal at Rio 2016.Nozomi Okuhara celebrated her 21st birthday by prevailing in a brutal 99-minute women’s final to win Japan’s first singles title since 1977.Lin produc

Mar 14 2016
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan becomes champion for the sixth time
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan becomes champion for the sixth time

Lin Dan celebrates a point as he nears victory over China's Tian Houwei in the All England Open Badminton .China's Lin Dan won his sixth singles title at the All England badminton championships with a comfortable victory over teammate Tian Houwei here on Sunday.Lin, also a five times world champion and double Olympic champion, took only 45 minutes to win 21-9, 21-10 in the final, reports Xinhua.Tian, nine years younger than his legendary

Mar 14 2016
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan eyes sixth title after beating Xue Song in semis
2016 All-England Championship: Lin Dan eyes sixth title after beating Xue Song in semis

China's Lin Dan during the semi-finals of the men's singles China's Lin Dan will attempt to become only the fourth player to win six All-England Championship men’s singles titles after beating Xue Song to secure his berth in Sunday’s final.Fifth-seeded Lin came from a game down for the third match in succession to beat younger compatriot Xue 18-21 21-15 21-9.“In the last few matches I have made mistakes but I wa

Mar 13 2016
2016 All England Championships: Lin Dan lines up Chinese showdown with Xue Song
2016 All England Championships: Lin Dan lines up Chinese showdown with Xue Song

Lin Dan faces Xue Song in his next matchFive-times winner Lin Dan set up a Chinese showdown in the semi-finals of the All-England Championships after coming through a tactical battle against Danish rival Jan O Jorgensen on Friday.Lin, bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2012, rallied from a game down to prevail 10-21 21-9 21-15 and next meets the unseeded Xue Song, 22.The 32-year-old double Olympic champion said he studied videos

Mar 12 2016
2016 All-England Championships: Defending Champion Chen Long dumped out of tournament
2016 All-England Championships: Defending Champion Chen Long dumped out of tournament

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.

Mar 11 2016
All-England Badminton Championships 2016: Results
All-England Badminton Championships 2016: Results

Nozomi Okuhara ousted top seed Carolina Marin from the tournamentThe prestigious All-England Championships are underway in Birmingham, England.We bring you the results:Results from Day 5Men’s SinglesLin Dan beat Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10Women’s SinglesNozomi Okuhara beat Wang Shixian 21-11 21-16DoublesMisaki Matsumoto/Ayaka Takahashi beat Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang 21-10 21-12Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto beat Joachim Fisher Nielsen/Christinn

Mar 11 2016
2016 All England Championships: China's Lin Dan through after early scare
2016 All England Championships: China's Lin Dan through after early scare

Lin Dan in an earlier competitionChina’s Lin Dan staved off any threat of a second shock upset at the All-England Championships on Thursday as the five-times champion advanced to the men’s quarter-finals with a defeat of Japan's Sho Sasaki.Hours after Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia had been sent packing late on Wednesday, the fifth-seeded Lin suffered a wobble before the gifted Chinese found his rhythm to beat Sasaki 20-22 21-6 21-8 in

Mar 11 2016
All-England Championships: Chen Long and Carolina Marin made to work for first round win
All-England Championships: Chen Long and Carolina Marin made to work for first round win

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

Mar 9 2016
Lin Dan joins stellar All-England Championships line-up ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics
Lin Dan joins stellar All-England Championships line-up ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

“It would certainly be the story of the Olympics” This year’s All-England Championships is likely to mark the final appearance of five-time champion Lin Dan at the sport’s oldest event, as the garlanded Chinese player bids for a berth at the Rio Olympics before a possible retirement.For the first time since 2012, Lin will appear in the men’s draw alongside compatriot Chen Long, the world and the defending champi

Mar 7 2016
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