Momota ends Japan’s 48-year wait for men’s singles title in Denmark

ODENSE: World No. 1 Kento Momota ended Japan’s 48-year wait for the men’s singles title by winning the Danisa Denmark Open.

All smiles: Tai Tzu-ying posing with the trophy after beating Saina Nehwal to win the women’s singles title in the Denmark Open badminton  championship in Odense, Denmark, yesterday. — AP

The old and new welcome Choong Hann with open arms

PETALING JAYA: National coaches and players past and present gave their thumbs up to the appointment of former world No. 1 Wong Choong Hann as the new coaching director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

New BAM coaching director must help deliver Olympic gold

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly appointed Bad­minton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann has been tasked with helping to deliver Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Different role: Wong Choong Hann is BAM’s new coaching director and not technical director, a post previously held by Morten Frost.

Momota on the threshold of another first

ODENSE: Kento Momota of Japan moved closer to scoring another first in his already impressive badminton season this year.

In superb form: Kento Momota returns a shot to K. Srikanth during their men’s singles semi-final match at the Danisa Denmark Open in Odense yesterday. — AFP

Not all is lost as mixed doubles pairs can still make Finals

ODENSE: It was not the results that they wanted at the Danisa Denmark Open but mixed doubles shuttlers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie can still afford to smile.

Wong Choong Hann is new BAM coaching director from Jan 1

KUALA LUMPUR: Former national player and world No. 1 Wong Choong Hann has been named the new Badminton Association Malaysia (BAM) coaching director.

Badminton: Mixed doubles defeat ends Malaysia's Denmark Open campaign

ODENSE: Malaysia's challenge is all over at the Danisa Denmark Open with the defeats of Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying go down fighting in roller-coaster match

ODENSE: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying’s challenge ended in the Danisa Denmark Open after going down fighting in the quarter-finals at the Odense Sports Centre.

Good fight: Chan Peng Soon (back) and Goh Liu Ying lost 14-21, 21-17, 12-21 to South Koreans Seo Seung-jae-Chae Yu-jung in the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the Danisa Denmark Open last night. —AFP

India’s Srikanth and Sameer in quarters as Lin Dan and Axelsen crash out

ODENSE: India continued to show that they are serious contenders for the men’s singles title at the Danisa Denmark Open when K. Srikanth and Sameer Verma marched into the quarter-finals – on a day when local hero Viktor Axelsen and Lin Dan of China crashed out.

Shock of the day: K. Srikanth of India sent China’s Lin Dan out of the Denmark Open with an 18-21, 21-17, 21-16 win.

Success is no walk in the Park

THE legendary Park Joo-bong of South Korea is one of badminton’s special ones – revered for his success as both a player and coach. As a doubles great, he has won all the major titles – including the Olympic gold. Joo-bong has also excelled as a coach, transforming Japan into a powerhouse of the game. Starsport’s RAJES PAUL caught up with the 54-year-old former Malaysia chief coach at the Danisa Denmark Open in Odense to discover the ‘secrets’ of his success.

Understanding coach: Park Joo Bong consoling a Japanese player.