Thread: Indonesia Badminton
06-24-2013, 04:03 AM #3095
Badminton: Indonesia begins its ascent once more
Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto reacts after winning against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana during their men’s singles final at the Singapore Open on June 23, 2013. Sugiarto won 20-22, 21-5, 21-17. (Getty Images)
Those who followed the last few Superseries closely would not have missed out on a remarkable fact: Indonesia is rising once more.
The latest evidence of this came on Sunday, when the Indonesians returned home with three titles from the Singapore Superseries. Three titles from three finals. Just as important as what they won was the manner in which they lost too, in the days leading up to the finals.
Consider Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri, who was No.62 in October last year but has shot up to No.13 last week. Fanetri is 24 years old, and has only now been showing glimpses of what she can accomplish. Until the early months of this year, she was competing at the level of the Grand Prix, and losing to second-rung players.
Something changed this year. Suddenly, the list of her victims included names like World Champion Wang Yihan and Saina Nehwal.
Take Tommy Sugiarto, who until last year was a second-rung player unlikely to challenge for the big prizes. On Sunday, we saw him winning the Singapore Open in his first Superseries final. His progression has been noteworthy – a player who struggled in the 20s of the world badminton rankings has shot up to No.13.
Or take the case of Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, who upset No.4 Du Pengyu in the semis of the Indonesia Open; Yunus Alamsyah, who outlasted fifth seed Kenichi Tago in the first round; or the unheralded Belaetrix Manuputi, who pushed Li Xuerui to three games in the Singapore Open.
These are but a few examples. Nearly all the top Indonesians have been showing tremendous progress. The gold standard for measuring this is their performance against the Chinese: Sugiarto, for the first time, thrashed second seed Chen Long in the first round of the Indonesia Open – just a fortnight after two straight losses to the same player in the Sudirman Cup.
The doubles too has shown marked improvement. The new combination of Mohd Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan has played unbelievably well, winning the last two Superseries and destroying world-class opposition like Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng of China and Lee Yong Dae/Ko Sung Hyun on the way.
These results are no accident. Earlier this year, the Indonesian association (PBSI) announced a revamp of its coaching structure, seeking to get as many accomplished names on board as possible. For too long there was a big gap between the administration and the views of former greats. As part of the revamp, legends like Rexy Mainaky and Joko Suprianto were asked to join the effort. Mainaky, who had had a fruitful stint in Malaysia, and had just taken over the coaching programme of Philippines, left his assignment there and returned to his homeland.
At the Sudirman Cup (World Mixed Team Championships), the only team to challenge China was Indonesia in the quarterfinals. While China won its semi-finals and finals with identical 3-0 margins, it survived a brief scare against Indonesia, having to recover from 1-2 down to win 3-2.
A resurgent Indonesia can only mean great news for badminton. For the last decade China had overwhelmed all opposition, and had even appeared bored at times with its prowess. Indonesia was falling behind, and with the exit of its icons like Taufik Hidayat, and the total vacuum in women’s singles, there appeared no hope in sight. Hopefully, Indonesia’s revival will pass the test of time.
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06-24-2013, 08:48 AM #3096
No doubt INA shuttlers did really well in Singapore Open. PBSI can pat themselves in the back, but don't dwell too long on it. This is just one tourney, and the biggest event for the year awaits in the form of WC in August. Win 3 titles in there and then you may start talking about the INA badminton going the right track after years of lackadaisical results.
06-24-2013, 09:16 AM #3097
Indonesia resurgence sounds like a real thing. Indonesia open has becoming much better than before too. Congratulations.
Way to go.
06-24-2013, 04:09 PM #3098
Taufik Hidayat offered chance to join PBSI
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sports | Sun, June 16 2013
“For me, there is no former champion. A champion will always be a champion,” said PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan, praising the 31-year-old badminton player shortly after he officially announced his retirement before his fans at Istora Indoor Stadium, on Sunday.
...“Since Taufik was still an active badminton player, I have been frequently consulting with him; so, there is no reason to not involve with the PBSI. But we are still looking for the right time and suitable position for him,” said Gita as quoted by Kompas.com.
...“Since the new leadership, everything has been more organized and orderly. At the National Training Center (Pelatnas), there has been significant improvement; its programs are much clearer. Now, athletes feel more comfortable to compete,” said Taufik. (fan/ebf)
06-24-2013, 04:28 PM #3099
Indonesian shuttlers spike three titles at Singapore Open
Musthofid, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sports | Mon, June 24 2013
...Mohammad Aksan-Hendra Setiawan won the men’s doubles title to equal their achievement in Jakarta where they salvaged the only title for the hosts amid Chinese domination.
The world’s superpower in the sport finished second best to Indonesia this time around with the other two titles.
...PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan applauded the players’ achievements in Singapore.
“It’s remarkable. This is for the first time Indonesia has succeeded to win three titles in a Super Series tournament,” he said. “Congratulations to the athletes, officials and fans.”
Rexy Mainaky, PBSI chief in charge of development, attributed the success to team work.
“Let me tell all of us on the current [organizational] board not to get carried away. We still have a long way to go. Thank God. Pak Gita Wirjawan is always monitoring our athletes’ progress,” he said.
06-24-2013, 06:34 PM #3100
Is Tommy Sugiarto under PBSI?
06-24-2013, 07:02 PM #3101
Yes he is.
06-25-2013, 08:59 AM #3102
Revitalised Indonesia a great concern, warns world No. 1
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia’s re-emergence as a badminton powerhouse is a great concern for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.
In the just-concluded Singapore Open, Indonesia clinched three titles with 25-year-old Tommy Sugiarto scoring a first in his career by winning the men’s singles crown. The other two titles were won by in-form Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the men’s doubles and the ever-dependable Ahmad Tantowi-Lilyana Natsir in the mixed doubles.
In Chong Wei’s absence, Malaysia’s best performer was Chong Wei Feng who lost to Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the quarter-finals. Two others – Daren and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif – were beaten in the first round.
It was even worse in the men’s doubles with Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem going out in the first round.
Chong Wei said yesterday the appointment of Rexy Mainaky as the high performance director could see Indonesia challenging for more honours in the future.
“Indonesia are doing well right now. Taufik Hidayat retired at the recent Indonesian Open and then Tommy won his first Super Series title on Sunday. The timing could not have been better. It was a good start for Tommy.
“The Indonesians now have several up-and-coming men’s singles players who are stepping out of the shadows of the seniors. Even Dionysius (Hayom Rumbaka) is doing well. We also saw some good results from their doubles department. I believe they are going to be a force again,” warned Chong Wei.
Last year, Indonesia returned home empty-handed for the first time from the London Olympics since badminton made it as an Olympic sport at the 1992 Barcelona Games. On top of that, they also failed to make the semi-finals for the first time in the Thomas Cup Finals.
Following Rexy’s resignation as Malaysia’s men’s doubles coach, the All-Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) quickly grabbed him to revive their fortunes.
Since his appointment in April, Indonesia have produced some excellent results. He made a number of crucial decisions, including recruiting former players to be coaches and officials and allowing the independent players to represent the country.
“Rexy was with us (for more than seven years). But since returning to Indonesia, there have been some positive changes there. It is important to have a leader who can oversee and manage the team. If the team is united, I am sure the players will also be encouraged to go the extra mile,” added the 30-year-old.
For Chong Wei, he hopes Daren and Wei Feng will step-up for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.
“Wei Feng’s performance is more stable now. He has been reaching the quarter-finals quite consistently but we hope he will be able to go further. Daren’s outing in Singapore was demoralising but I hope he will bounce back. He is already 26 and it is time for him to raise his level of performance.”
06-27-2013, 02:59 AM #3103
Now I know why Pak Gita got accepted to Harvard
It's only been less than a year and he has already managed to put things in order
Btw tagaba here, an ardent lurker of BC, maybe I'll start posting more frequently from now on
06-27-2013, 05:58 PM #3104
Welcome We do have a core bunch of ardent INA fans here, not to mention several linked to the new PBSI
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06-27-2013, 07:42 PM #3105
Hai badMania thanks for the welcome
We do? I've always wondered how you people managed to get some insider info, so that's why
Anyway, it's heartening to see PBSI go to the right direction, hoping for a surprise or two in the upcoming WC
06-28-2013, 02:27 AM #3106
Currently, our Pelatnas players are in "jail"... working hard for WC preparation....
07-30-2013, 11:32 PM #3107
SBY boosts RI shuttlers morale ahead of world champs
Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sports | Tue, July 30 2013, 11:55 AM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met on Monday with Indonesian badminton players who are set to compete at the upcoming 2013 BWF World Championships to boost their morale amid Indonesia’s lack of success in recent international tournaments.
“Every time Indonesian badminton players compete in international events, I always watch no matter what time it is. I get so anxious,” the President told the nation’s badminton stars at the State Palace.
The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has readied 28 shuttlers to compete in the 2013 World Championships slated to be held at TianHe Indoor Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China, from Aug. 5 to 11. The championships will see approximately 400 of the world’s top players representing five continents, all competing for the World Championship title.
Roy Suryo, meanwhile, asked the President to call on national TV stations to provide more time slots to air games in which Indonesians were competing.
Full article : http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...ld-champs.html
The last paragraph is really important for most INA badminton fans who don't subscribe pay TV. MNC Sports 2 (channel 102) will broadcast LIVE 2013 BWF WC exclusively from day-1 (5th August 2013) onwards.
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07-30-2013, 11:50 PM #3108
I dont think media would willing to comply with such request, considering the upcoming mobarak long holidays - media would prefer to broadcast religious scenes / movies
07-31-2013, 02:28 PM #3109
I can't find the above news in English but the highlight to me is Gita is talking to Hendrawan. Hope Hendrawan will be back and push INA singles player to a higher level
08-01-2013, 04:51 PM #3110
There is a chance that we will be trimming pelatnas into a smaller scale....if you wonder why we have so many players this year.....the purpose is so Rexy gets the feel and know which players will be maintained and demoted...
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