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Badminton: Video ref trial at Superseries Finals

Badminton will trial line-call review technology at next month's Superseries finals, the world body said Friday, bidding to raise excitement and stamp out faulty decisions which have caused rows in the past. Following similar moves in tennis, cricket, football and rugby, players will have two challenges per match during the December 11-15 season finale in Kuala Lumpur. The system, using ultra-slow motion cameras, will be set up on the televised show court. Reviews of line-calls, or whether the shuttlecock has dropped in or out, will be judged by the match referee.

Badminton: Battle-weary China stars fall at Japan Open

Women's world number one Li Xuerui pulled out of the Japan Open on Wednesday with a sore knee and men's number two Chen Long suffered a shock defeat to cap a miserable day for China. The withdrawal of Li, the top seed and London Olympic champion, from the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries was linked by her team-mate to a jam-packed competition schedule for Chinese players, with Chen also saying that he was fatigued.

Badminton: China stars suffer at Japan Open

Women's world number one Li Xuerui pulled out of the Japan Open on Wednesday with a sore knee and men's number two Chen Long suffered a shock defeat to cap a miserable day for China. The withdrawal of Li, the top seed and London Olympic champion, from the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries was linked by her team-mate to a jam-packed competition schedule for Chinese players, with Chen also saying that he was fatigued.

Air-con controversy not cool for badminton

Badminton and controversy are not exactly strangers but a row involving the air conditioning at the world men's singles final is causing a headache the sport could do without. The Guangzhou showdown between home favourite Lin Dan, the four-time champion, and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, his main rival and the world number one, had the makings of a classic. But Lin's win was overshadowed by the failure of the air conditioning mid-match, fuelling conspiracy theories and possibly contributing to Lee's withdrawal on a stretcher with cramp as he faced match point.

Badminton: Lin takes world title after Lee retires hurt

Chinese superstar Lin Dan took the badminton world title for a fifth time Sunday after his arch rival Lee Chong Wei was stretchered off the court in the third game. The current world number one from Malaysia dropped to his haunches at 19-16 down, and then tried to recover. But he had to retire from the match at 20-17 -- leaving Lin, who is world and Olympic champion, to take the title 16-21, 21-13, 20-17.

Teenage Thai claims shock title, Super Dan wins again

(Reuters) - Teenage Thai Ratchanok Intanon won her first badminton world championship title when she upset Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women's singles on Sunday to end China's decade of domination in the event. In the men's singles, Lin Dan overcame a year off to retain his title with another closely fought battle with old adversary Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who retired and was taken off court on a stretcher at match point down in the third set.

Badminton: Lin takes world title after Lee retires hurt

Chinese superstar Lin Dan took the badminton world title for a fifth time Sunday after his arch rival Lee Chong Wei was stretchered off the court in the third game. The current world number one from Malaysia dropped to his haunches at 19-16 down and then tried to recover. But he had to retire from the match at 20-17 -- leaving Lin, who is world and Olympic champion, to take the title 16-21, 21-13, 20-17.

Badminton: Lin Dan powers through to semis of worlds

China's badminton superstar Lin Dan booked a place in the semi-finals of the world championships on Friday after overcoming team-mate and second seed Chen Long. The players were given a rapturous reception at the Tianhe gymnasium in China's southern city of Guangzhou, with the home crowd cheering loudly for both as they came on court. The first game saw defending champion "Super Dan" and his 24-year-old rival trade point for point, drawing on an armoury of high lifts, smashes and subtle drop shots.

Badminton: Lin Dan powers through to semis of worlds

China's badminton superstar Lin Dan booked a place in the semi-finals of the world championships on Friday after swatting aside team-mate and second seed Chen Long. Both players were given a rapturous reception at the Tianhe gymnasium in Guangzhou, southern China, with the home crowd cheering loudly for both as they came on court. The first game saw defending champion "Super Dan" and his 24-year-old rival trade point for point, drawing on an armoury of high lifts, smashes and subtle drop shots.

Badminton: 'Super Dan' is mystery man for world champs

Badminton great Lin Dan will emerge from nearly a year on the sidelines to defend his world title next week, with Lee Chong Wei hoping to beat his nemesis in a major final. Since overcoming Lee, the world number one from Malaysia, in last year's gripping Olympic gold medal match Lin has barely set foot on court, an absence which has seen his ranking plummet to 100.
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