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London 2012 Lilyana Natsir: The key to Indonesia’s golden hopes

London 2012 Lilyana Natsir: The key to Indonesia’s golden hopes

Whether partnered by Nova Widianto or Tontowi Ahmad, the on-court prowess of Lilyana Natsir makes her a formidable foe.

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London 2012: World Championships bronze inspires Ponnappa

London 2012: World Championships bronze inspires Ponnappa

History and current form favour China for the women’s doubles gold at the London Olympics but some opposing shuttlers hope to have a say in the outcome.

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London 2012: ‘Czech’ out Petr in Opening Ceremony – badminton’s gritty warrior leads country

London 2012: ‘Czech’ out Petr in Opening Ceremony – badminton’s gritty warrior leads country

Czech No. 1 Petr Koukal has been handed the ultimate honour by his home Olympic committee as the official flag bearer for the upcoming Olympic Games. 

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London 2012: Malaysia's golden boy still hunting for titles

London 2012: Malaysia's golden boy still hunting for titles

His aim is to win the nation's elusive gold medal. And Lee Chong Wei has his heart set on being on the podium at the Wembley Arena come August 5, singing the Negaraku, the Malaysian national anthem on the top of his voice.

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Lin Dan takes to red carpet at Laureus World Sports Awards

Lin Dan takes to red carpet at Laureus World Sports Awards

Though Lin Dan was not one of the six finalists shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award, the Chinese reigning Olympic and World Champion was invited to grace the event in London yesterday.

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Jorgensen's heart of a champion

Jorgensen's heart of a champion

Jan O Jorgensen (below), is not the type of person to give up easily.

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Last Korea Open a rough patch for Jung Jae Sung

Last Korea Open a rough patch for Jung Jae Sung

Korean men's doubles star Jung Jae Sung has been playing at his home Open every year since the beginning of the millennium.

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Bae Youn Joo performs at home, again

Bae Youn Joo performs at home, again

Korea’s Bae Youn Joo has been in the finals of some of the world’s most prestigious badminton tournaments and has won titles both at home and abroad but this weekend, she gets set to do something she hasn’t done in a long time: play in the semi-final of a major tournament in her home country.

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Jorgensen sees the light at the end of the tunnel

Jorgensen sees the light at the end of the tunnel

Jan O. Jorgensen’s career has been on a roller coaster ever since he moved into the first tier of international men’s singles badminton in the bottom half of 2009.

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Ouseph wins first on the road but ready for the trip home

Ouseph wins first on the road but ready for the trip home

England’s Rajiv Ouseph won his inaugural match of 2012, ousting former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in the first round of the Victor Korea Open Superseries, one of the five OSIM BWF Superseries Premier events.

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Iris Wang – America’s young globetrotter

Iris Wang – America’s young globetrotter

Pan Am Games silver medallist Iris Wang of the United States is beginning this year the same way she finished the last, with a very taxing tournament schedule.

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Boe virtually there

Boe virtually there

Danish star Mathias Boe has immersed himself in the world of badminton -- real and virtual. If you've missed him in real action at the Yonex BWF World Championships this week, good news, Boe is still in action in the virtual badminton world.

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Czech champion's cancer crusade: One year on and back on Olympic trail

Czech champion's cancer crusade: One year on and back on Olympic trail

Czech champion Petr Koukal is back on the Olympic qualification trail less than a year after an operation and chemotherapy for testicular cancer. And the 25-year-old has a clear message to young men from 15-35.

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Mehrabi's many hats

Mehrabi's many hats

Kaveh Mehrabi is used to flying the flag on his own for Iran and this week's Yonex BWF World Championships is no exception as he juggles being a competitor, the chairman of the Athletes Commission and a supporter of a charitable cause in London.

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Teen Marin rising star of Spanish badminton

Teen Marin rising star of Spanish badminton

Spain is noted for more for prowess with the football than the shuttlecock but rising badminton star Carolina Marin may help redress the balance a little.

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