China's Li Shifeng bags the men's singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s Li Shifeng bags the men’s singles title at All England Open Badminton Championship

China’s ace shuttler Li Shifeng has carved his name into history. The badminton player has won the men’s singles finals against Shi Yuqi at the All England Open Badminton Championships.

Li Shifeng won in two straight sets, 26-24 and 21-5, to win the gold medal in the all-Chinese final. Shifeng was elated with the win. In the post-match interview, he stated, “I am very excited. I don’t really have the words to express my feeling for the moment.”

He further added, “It is a huge payback for all the hard work I’ve put in. Although I’ve got the All England title, I would like to aim from more titles.”

In other news, South Korea’s An Se Young bagged the women’s title. An Se Young beat Chen Yu Fei of China 21-17 10-21 21-19 to bag another singles title. “I’m so tremendously happy,” said An, 21, who had knocked Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan out in the semi-finals.

The All England event, with more than 155 matches and over 50 hours of badminton, contributes towards potential Olympics qualification, with rankings announced on April 30, deciding which players will go to the Paris Games in 2024.

All England Open Badminton Championships

The All England Open Badminton Championship to begin from today

One of badminton’s most prestigious tournaments, the All England Open Badminton Championships, is slated to begin today and conclude on March 19th. The tournament is happening in Birmingham, England.

The first BWF World Tour Super 1000 event of the 2023 season will see all the top stars in action, with full draws of 32 players and pairs in all five events. Many high-profile shuttles like Viktor Axelsen and Yamaguchi Akane are the top seeds for the event. Among the Indian players, shuttles like Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, PV Sindhu, and Saina Nehwal will make their presence felt at the tournament.

Where to watch the All England Open Badminton Championships live in India?

The All England Open Badminton Championships will be live telecasted on BWF TV, the official YouTube channel of BWF. The tournament will also be telecasted on Sports18, Voot, and JioCinema.

What is Team India’s squad for the Badminton Championships?

Men’s singles- Main draw: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy

Women’s singles- Main draw: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu

Men’s doubles- Main draw: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (6), MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila

Women’s doubles- Main draw: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly, Ashwini Bhat K/Shikha Gautam

Mixed doubles- Main draw: Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto

Para-Shuttler Suhas Yathiraj wins bronze at Spanish Para Badminton International

Para-Shuttler Suhas Yathiraj wins bronze at Spanish Para Badminton International

Para-Shuttler and Noida District Magistrate Suhas L Yathiraj has made the nation proud. The badminton player won a bronze medal in men’s singles at the Spanish Para-Badminton International tournament.

After the win, Suhas Yathiraj was quoted as saying, “It’s a happy moment, and nothing is greater than to win a medal for our country in international events. I won bronze in Spain, could have been better. Will aim for gold in the upcoming tournaments. It is a very proud & happy moment when you win a medal for your country. Efforts are to give my best always. I will fulfill my responsibilities with at most sincerity, whether it is in administration or to represent India in sports.”

Suhas Yathiraj, who has won many laurels for the country, further added, “Looking forward to representing India at the Asian Games in China and winning the top honours there. The dream is to see the Indian flag being raised high.”

The Indian badminton team had a successful tournament. The team bagged 18 medals, including four gold medals at Spanish Level II Para-Badminton International 2023.

Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023: China beats Korea to win Gold

Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023: China beats Korea to clinch the gold medal

China has defended its title. The champions beat Korea 3-1 in the Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023 to clinch the gold medal. The badminton tournament being played in Dubai also saw India winning the bronze medal.

After a couple of narrow 3-2 wins over Malaysia and India in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, China made slightly easier work of South Korea in the final. Women’s doubles pairing Liu Shengshu and Tan Ning secured the decisive point as a Chinese line-up, missing most of their top players, came out on top.


After beating HS Prannoy, China’s Lei Lanxi beat Lee Yun-gyu comfortably to take the opening game in the singles game. Lee led 10-6 in the first game, but Lei – ranked 121 in the world – won the last six points from seven to take it 21-16.

The Chinese then secured four consecutive points in game two to hold an 11-7 advantage at the interval and stayed clear to seal a 21-16, 21-15 victory in the Asia Mixed Team Championships 2023 tournament.

In the women’s singles, Gao Fangjie took another big scalp to double China’s lead, defeating Kim Ga-eun 21-15, 21-15. The Chinese women’s doubles team won 21-11, 21-10, which saw poor defending from the Korean players early in the game.

Additionally, India, who lost 3-2 to China, and Thailand, who lost 3-1 to Korea, picked up the bronze medals.

The longest badminton rallies of all time

The longest badminton rallies of all time

Badminton is a challenging sport. It is a contest of talent, agility, and accuracy. The game continues until one player scores the required number of points or until a player quits or retires in the middle of the court due to injury or exhaustion and is unable to continue. It is a treat for the fans to see long challenging rallies in badminton. The audience is kept on the edge of their seats when the shutters can each other in a difficult rally. Let’s have a look at some of the most extended badminton rallies of all time. 

Here are the details about the five longest-running badminton rallies of all time are:

Mathias Boe vs Carsten Mogensen, 49 shots at the 2012 Thomas Cup Finals 

The longest badminton rally of all time is believed to have been between Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen at the 2012 Thomas Cup Finals, lasting for an incredible 49 shots. Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen’s 49-shot badminton rally at the 2012 Thomas Cup Finals is widely considered to be the longest badminton rally of all time. Both players showed incredible endurance and skill, with the rally lasting for over two minutes. The final shot was ultimately won by Carsten Mogensen with a powerful smash. 

The match between Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen took place on May 27th, 2012, at the Wuhan Sports Center in China. It was during the Thomas Cup Finals and was a crucial match in determining who would win the tournament. The rally began with Boe serving, and after 49 shots, Mogensen finally claimed victory. The rally was so impressive that it became legendary among badminton fans and as such, is still remembered to this day. 

Both the players were very much impressed with their top-level performance in the specific rally. 

Here is what they had to say about it: 

“It was a sublime exhibition of how badminton should be played. Every shot was a reflection of great sporting excellence.” – Carsten Mogensen

“It is one of those incredible rallies that people still talk about and will never forget.” – Mathias Boe.

Lee Yong Dae vs Zhang Nan, 46 shots at the All England Open 2014

The 46-shot rally between Lee Yong Dae and Zhang Nan at the 2014 All England Open is still considered to be one of the longest badminton rallies of all time. The match began with Zhang Nan serving, and he and Lee Yong Dae engaged in an intense back-and-forth, lasting for just over two minutes. Ultimately, Zhang Nan emerged victorious with a striking net shot. 

The match between Lee Yong Dae and Zhang Nan took place on March 8th, 2014 at the All England Open in London. It was a thrilling match that captivated the audience as the two players battled it out in an intense rally. In the end, Zhang Nan’s powerful net shot ended the rally, with Lee Yong Dae’s exhausted shots just barely missing their mark. Spectators and badminton fans around the world hailed the rally as one of the best they had seen. 

Here is what the players had to say about the exceptional rally: 

“That was probably one of the greatest rallies I have ever seen. It was a real display of skill and endurance.” – Zhang Nan 

“It was an incredibly intense and thrilling rally. I am honored to have been part of it.” – Lee Yong Dae 

Kento Momota vs Shi Yuqi, 44 shots at the 2016 Sudirman Cup 

The 44-shot rally between Kento Momota and Shi Yuqi at the 2016 Sudirman Cup is one of the longest in badminton history. The rally began with Kento Momota serving, and the two players exchanged a series of intense shots that lasted just over two minutes. In the end, it was Shi Yuqi who emerged victorious with a smashing drop shot. The match between Kento Momota and Shi Yuqi took place on May 21st, 2016, at the 2016 Sudirman Cup in Kunshan, China. It was an incredible match that had the crowd on their feet as the two players pushed each other to the limits. In the end, Shi Yuqi won the rally, proving his superiority over his Japanese opponent. 

Here is what the players had to say about the rally: 

“It was an incredible performance from both players. It showed us just how high the level of badminton can be.” – Kento Momota 

“The rally was an amazing spectacle to watch. Both players pushed each other to their limits and it was truly a privilege to witness it.”- Shi Yuqi 

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Dong Keun, 42 shots at the China Masters 2018 

The 42-shot rally between India’s Kidambi Srikanth and South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun at the 2018 China Masters falls under one of the longest badminton rallies of all time. The match started with Lee Dong Keun serving, and the interesting tussle between the two shutters lasted for just over two minutes. Eventually, Kidambi Srikanth emerged victorious with a formidable cross-court smash. The match between Kidambi Srikanth and Lee Dong Keun took place on October 14th, 2018 at the China Masters in Fuzhou. 

Here is what the players had to say about the rally:

“That was some of the most intense badminton I have seen. Both players gave it their all, and it was truly a pleasure to watch.” – Kidambi Srikanth 

“It was an incredible display of skill and endurance from both players. It was truly a spectacle that will go down in history.” – Lee Dong Keun 

Ratchanok Intanon vs Lindaweni Fanetri, 41 shots at the World Championships 2013 

At the 2013 World Championships, Ratchanok Intanon and Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia engaged in a 41-shot rally that is still regarded as one of the longest in badminton history. Ratchanok Intanon served to start the match, which was followed by a fast-paced intense battle that lasted just over two minutes. Ultimately, Lindaweni Fanetri won thanks to a strong net shot. 

At the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, on August 10, 2013, Ratchanok Intanon and Lindaweni Fanetri faced off. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as the contest progressed because it was so exciting. In the end, Lindaweni Fanetri defeated the Thai player by winning the game with a strong net shot. Fans of badminton all around the world still talk about the rally because it was so intense. 

Here is what the players had to say about the rally: 

“That was an incredible match. Both players showed immense skill and endurance throughout and it was truly something to behold.” – Lindaweni Fanetri

“The match between Ratchanok Intanon and Lindaweni Fanetri is one that will go down in history. It was a thrilling display of badminton at its highest level.” – Ratchanok Intanon

Smashing Techniques in Badminton you must know

Smashing Techniques in Badminton every player must know

If you have been playing badminton and have reached a good level, this is the right time to learn the smashing technique. This is a great way to show some power in your game, making your opponent understand that you are a tough player. The best thing is that there is no defense for this shot which makes it unique compared to all the other shots played. 

What is smashing? 

A Smash shot is taken by jumping in the air and hitting the shuttle with good force. This shot can be played well if the speed and direction of the shuttlecock are kept in mind, as it has to fall inside the court. It is done nicely when the cock is higher in the air as it will allow the player to hit it harder, and the angle of the cock will be downwards. This shot is much more difficult for the opponent to attempt because of the pace of the shuttlecock and the downward facing of it. 

  • Use your wrist, thumb, and shoulder to make the most out of this shot while extending your arm. 
  • To ensure that your smash shot lands perfectly, take a long deep breath so that your body releases all the stress in midair, which will lead to the smash having more energy and power. 
  • There is a concept among professionals called “injection of pace,” which means that while going for the smash shot, players should go toward it faster. 

Smashing techniques in Badminton every player must know

In this article, we will discuss three techniques of smashing in badminton that every badminton player must know of and use during play. The first being; 

Forehand Smash Technique 

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This kind of smash is also called an overhead smash. A player hits this by keeping the tempo inclined downwards. It is one of the oldest smashing techniques in the history of badminton.

Forehand smash can be perfected by those who are into cricket as well as those who know how to throw a ball with brilliant pace and angle then this will be perfected by them. It can be compared similarly to throwing a ball straight. 

This is not as simple as it seems, as few badminton tricks are essential to know while trying this shot. Here, angle and posture play an essential role in getting the shot right, so the opponent finds it difficult to hit it back. 

How to play it? 

  • Start by raising your non-racket hand and aligning it above your chin. This will help you to get a nice angle while taking this shot. It is essential to get this shot right, even if it seems unrelated, as this step will ensure that your direction and pace are right. 
  • For good balancing, make sure that you are keeping most of the weight towards your rear foot. You can be careful by doing this, as it will save you from attempting a self-shot or getting a foul play. 
  • Your elbows should be kept straight. That will aid the racket to have a good fly in this shot. Keep your knees slightly bent while taking this shot, and your racket foot should be forward. 
  • Be on your toes with a ready mindset that will make your body act accordingly to take the forehand smash and have a strong forehand grip to see the results.

Backhand Smash Technique 

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This smashing technique is difficult to crack, but if done rightly, it can be immensely useful. Experts also avoid this smash if they can, as it is not everybody’s deal to get this right. Let’s look at how to attempt this shot. 

How to attempt the shot: 

  • It is necessary to get the backhand grip because it is a challenging task to achieve. For this move, the racket should flow swiftly from the forehand to the backhand grip. For this smash, it is important to know the shots, angle, and swings perfectly, which means that the players have to ensure that all their senses are open to master the backhand smash. 
  • If possible, it is advised to go with the forehand shot rather than take this one, as the moment this smash is played should be chosen very carefully. It is good to avoid the risk of taking this shot until it is necessary. As a backhand smash can be difficult for your opponent to attempt, it is much tougher for you to handle it because it needs the right angle and pace to do so. 
  • Your body should be turned so your back is facing the net. You should do this step in seconds so that it is to be done quickly. In this, the balance should be weighted on the racket foot, as in this smashing technique, balance is of the essence. 
  • The racket head should be directed downwards as the racket should be kept overhead. You should ensure that your pace and mindset are set correctly to take the smash perfectly. If the grip is more powerful, it is understood that the smashing will also be of great power. This smash requires the players to return swiftly after hitting the preceding shot, as all of this is done in lightning-fast movements. 
  • For this smash, the angles of the shot should be perfect for taking it beautifully, or else it can ruin the entire game.

Jumping smash technique 

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In this technique, you have to jump higher and take the shot. This badminton smashing technique is great for releasing anger, as it requires a lot of power to get this shot. 

How to take this shot: 

  • This smashing technique requires a good understanding of timing. It all happens in seconds as it makes the opponent’s games weak by giving them less time to react to the shot. 
  • Injection of pace again plays a huge role here as it is necessary to hit the cock harder depending on how it is. 
  • Forehand grip is better to take this smashing technique which will aid in a great balance and a comfortable grip. 
  • Jumping results in the body getting tighter. For this, it is important to loosen it and have a firm stance to ensure that the return is faster. 
  • Your legs should be kept straight, while your knees should be slightly bent. The racket arm should be stretched as far as the player can so that there is some tempo in the shot. The non-racket arm also plays a bigger role because you have to keep it at your rib cage level, and when in midair, that hand should come sideways, which would then be straightened by the elbows. 
  • With the racket foot of the player, you have to drive in the downward direction. If you want a smooth jump, take a deep breath and exhale while hitting the smash.
  • If you need balance, keep your racket foot facing forward. For this shot, you must be conscious and alert to ensure that there is not even a second that goes to waste. 


If you want to surprise your opponent, it can be done by disguising the shot. This will make your opponent miss the shot, giving you more points in return. These smashing techniques are not easy to attempt, but they can be done perfectly through training and immense practice. If you want to be like a pro player, it can be beneficial for you to watch some videos explaining smashing and various other ways to do it in detail. Focus and accuracy in smashing play a bigger role as well.

YONEX Astrox 77 Pro

Review: YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket

What’s up, badminton fans? Enjoyed the YONEX Sunrise India Open? Well, I am sure most of you must be dejected by the Indian team’s performance at the high-profile tournament. But, at the same time, some of you might have been motivated by the spirited performance of great shuttlers like Viktor Axelsen and An Se Young.

Are you one of the aspiring shuttlers who wants to try their hand at a badminton racket? Or are you the one looking to upskill your gameplay with a better badminton racket?

The solution is YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket. The Astrox 77 Pro is by far the oldest of the Astrox models. If I remember correctly, this was the first racket Yonex made for the Astrox series. 

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In this review, we will be having a detailed look at the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket. 

Which player uses the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket?

The YONEX Astrox 77 Pro badminton racket is used by many famous players. One of them is Chen Yufei –the  2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal Winner. She is the reigning Olympic champion. 

The badminton racket is also used by Kento Momota, the Japanese badminton player who was widely known for his skillful and relentless gameplay. He has won several major badminton tournaments, including two World Championships titles, two Asian Championships titles, and one All-England title.

Additionally, the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket is also used by An Se Young, Huang Ya Qiong, and Huang Dong Ping.

Let’s look closely at the Pros and Cons of the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket.

Pros of the Astrox 77 Pro

Developed for aggressive play, the Astrox 77 Pro racquet is designed to dominate every match. The head-heavy Astrox 77 Pro is a step up from the original model. This badminton racket has gone from using a blend of high-modulus graphite nanometric tungsten to high-modulus graphite and their relatively new NAMD graphite. 

YONEX astrox 77 badminton racke

It also differs from the Astrox 77 by having an energy boost cap that enhances the racket snapback to generate even more power. The YONEX badminton racket has an elongated shaft for more flex, improving smash performance. It also has a super slim shaft that reduces air resistance. Another plus point of the racket is the aero+box frame; the box part helps in power-hitting, and the aero part is used for faster movement.

Most of the features present in Astrox 77 are also available in the Astrox 77 Pro badminton racket, including the Isometric frame shape, rotational generator system, and super slim shaft. 

Developed for aggressive players, the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Rackets are designed to dominate every match.

Cons of the Astrox 77 Pro

Although there aren’t many cons to the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro, the badminton racket feels quite stiff and has a head-heavy balance. Also, the badminton racket fails to generate power due to its stiffness. 

Overall Rating

Overall, the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket scores heavily on power, control, and speed, garnering an average of 9 out of 10 in our ratings.

If you love to smash, then the YONEX Astrox 77 Pro Badminton Racket is the perfect racket for you. Get your hands on the hottest badminton racket from the Astrox series. Exclusively available on God of Sports.

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YONEX to set up another production facility in India

Leading badminton brand YONEX has announced that it will set up another production facility in India to boost the production of high-quality graphite racquets in the country, a move that will bring the cost of full-body racquets down considerably.

Ben Yoneyama, chairman of YONEX, announced the move at a YONEX Sunrise press conference in New Delhi. He said, “Thomas Cup champion India. I didn’t expect it! The level is going up. We are desperate to contribute to the Indian badminton growth. Now we will be making graphite, Japan standard racquets in India.”


Pullela Gopichand, a stalwart of Indian badminton, stated, “YONEX Sunrise has made a huge difference to Indian badminton. Their support was instrumental in India winning the first Olympics Medal at 2012. YONEX has been an integral part of India’s success story in world badminton,”

Yoneyama further added, “A lot of Indian players are performing really well on the world stage, encouraging more to take up the sport. We want to cater to that audience and provide the highest Japanese quality equipment to further the sport’s development.” With the new facility, YONEX aims to amplify the production of existing T-joint racquets from 1 million to 2.5-3 million per year.

Leading badminton brand YONEX had set up a world-class production facility in Bengaluru. This marks the brand’s second production facility in India. The second factory is expected to start production by April, within a year of India’s Thomas Cup triumph.

World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen’s incredible streak ends in final, loses to Kunlavut Vitidsarn

Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn breaks Axelsen’s streak; wins India Open singles title

World Number 1 Viktor Axelsen has suffered an upset. The number one shuttler lost in the finals of the India Open singles against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. Axelsen lost in 64 minutes to the World Championships silver medalist 20-22, 21-10, 12-21.

The defeat in the finals was Axelsen‘s first ending a streak of 13 wins, dating back to the World Tour Finals. Axelsen won the World Tour Finals last year and began the season with a Super 1000 title in Malaysia earlier in January.

At the India Open singles final, Kunlavut matched every stroke with Axelsen, providing great entertainment to the New Delhi crowd, which was treated to high-quality badminton. From 20-20, the 21-year-old converted his first game point. However, the young shutter was blown away in the second game. Kunlavut also became only the 4th shuttler after HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen and Loh Kean Yew to beat Axelsen in a completed match since the start of the 2022 season.

Earlier in the day, 20-year-old South Korean shuttler An Se Young defeated Akane Yamaguchi 15–21, 21–16, 21–12 in the women’s singles final to add another title to her already envious trophy cabinet.

In the men’s doubles final, 3rd seeds Aaron Cha and Soh Wooh Yik lost to China’s Lian Wei Keng and Wang Chang 21-14, 19-21, 18-21.

Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen storms into the semi finals of India Open

World number one Viktor Axelsen has made it to the last four in the 2023 India Open at New Delhi. The #1 shuttler defeated fellow Danish player Rasmus Gemke who suffered a leg injury during the first game and had to retire.

Axelsen, who will now face Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, was leading the game 16-8 when Gemke had to retire. Viktor Axelsen has had a tremendous India Open defeating India’s Srikanth Kidambi 21-14 & 21-19 in the Round of 32 game and Y.Q.Shi 21-16, 16-21 & 21-9 in the Round of 16 clash.

Additionally, top seed Akane Yamaguchi beat three-time former world champion Carolina Marin to reach the semi-finals. Yamaguchi, herself a two-time world champion and the current world number one, faces Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the last four.

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