Japanese pairs sweep doubles titles at All England Open

More Sports Mar 16, 2020

Japanese pairs sweep doubles titles at All England Open

Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, the world's No. 3 pairing, were crowned women's doubles champions on Sunday at the All England Open badminton tournament, one of the few sporting events that went ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. Later Sunday, in the last of the day's ...

Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara book Tokyo Olympics berths

More Sports Mar 13, 2020

Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara book Tokyo Olympics berths

Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara have ensured their places at the Tokyo Olympics by advancing Thursday to the women's singles quarterfinals at the All England Open Badminton Championships. World No. 3 Yamaguchi beat compatriot Sayaka Takahashi 21-13, 21-15 in the round of 16, while fourth-ranked ...

India's badminton players urge extension of Olympic qualifying

More Sports Mar 1, 2020

India's badminton players urge extension of Olympic qualifying

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Sunday urged the sport's world body to extend its Olympic qualification period as the spread of the coronavirus forces the cancellation or postponement of competitions. The German Open, which was to be held between March 3-8, has been canceled ...

Badminton world champion Kento Momota departs for Japan

More Sports Jan 15, 2020

Badminton world champion Kento Momota departs for Japan

Men's badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota returned to Japan on Wednesday after being injured in a car crash in Malaysia earlier this week. Momota left a hospital in Putrajaya, Malaysia's federal administrative capital, on Tuesday evening, according to a hospital source. He landed at Narita ...

Kento Momota opens Olympic year with Malaysia triumph

More Sports Jan 12, 2020

Kento Momota opens Olympic year with Malaysia triumph

Kento Momota, the world's No. 1 men's badminton player, opened his year by winning the Malaysia Masters on Sunday. Momota beat Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 24-22, 21-11 in the men's singles final to win his first title of the year ahead of this summer's Tokyo Olympics. ...

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

More Sports Dec 1, 2019

Kento Momota wins second straight title at national championships

World No. 1 Kento Momota won his second straight badminton national championship after defeating Kenta Nishimoto in the men's singles final on Sunday. The two-time reigning world champion Momota earned his third national crown, cruising past Nishimoto 21-14, 21-12 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo in ...