players / Tournaments

Chinese triumph in last Badminton Superseries championship of the year

Chinese teen sensations Jia Yefan and Chen Qingchen have beaten the current world no. 1 women’s doubles pair, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, in a major upset at the latest BWF Superseries championship in Dubai. Although the field of badminton women’s doubles has long been dominated by Chinese players,  Matsutomo/Takahashi’s no. 1 ranking marks one of the … Continue reading

Badminton / Reviews / Strings

Badminton strings and tension

Badminton strings and tension are a great icebreaker topic among badminton folk. If you ask around, you’ll find everybody has a different opinion on the best string and tension combo. The major commercial badminton brands provide a guide to the range of strings available. Several blogs from the UK, USA and Malaysia offer a guide to strings for beginner, intermediate and advanced level. My experience has been one … Continue reading

My dad’s story
Badminton injuries / Player interviews

My dad’s story

With Father’s day around the corner, it’s an opportunity to thank my dad and share some of his story. He reckons he has the combined wisdom of 150 years (his and his mother’s) and perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s one of the strongest supporters and influences in my life. I’ve always respected my dad. His family wasn’t rich. They migrated from Guangzhou in southern China and had to make do with few … Continue reading