Mia Audina stops playing badminton

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  1. walkinghome

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    My heroine Mia, I have begun to miss you although we haven't met. Please play one more big event.

    I came into the office at 0830 and read the Dutch headlines. I exclaimed, this can't be right!! because I always thought she might want to climb back to #1 again. My serene colleague nearby, who doesn't follow badminton, replied: she's satisfied being #1 in your books.

    We're very different as players but I'm much better in singles from watching you find so much time to get to everything on court. I admire your Uber Cup final straight dropshots that left the opponent absolutely flat-footed.

    I first saw you on tv in the Hong Kong Open 1997 finals.

    Thank you & affection all the way from Australia,
    Aaron

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    Mia Audina Tjiptawan:

    European Champion, Uber Cup (win age 14, finalist age 26), 2x Olympic Silver, 2x World#1 singles (ages 17+25), World#5 doubles.
     
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  2. Syaoran_Style

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    i wassssss going to the WC 2006 onlyyyyy to seeeee her !
    that's unbelivable ! NO ! It's not possible she can't do that .
    I'm moore than sad, pleaaaaaaaaaase MIIIIIIIIIA !!
    I personally think that' we've lost the biggest talent of all time ..
     
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  3. kemana

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    i think your post is very moving
     
  4. MING PARIS

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    syaoran style ,you are not going to madrid ,anymore??
    in case you come I am with the group of badzine from paris!
    she is great like gao ling(double wemen,mixed double)
    MING
     
  5. Syaoran_Style

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    Yeah MING don't worry, i know that you are in the group :eek:
    I'll go of course ... but she was THE player i wanted to see .. i've never seen her, for me WC = Mia audina, and now i won't be able to see her, to see my idol. You can't imagine how i'm sad, i feel like she betray me ... :( :( :(
    If anybody knows her personnally, please convaince her to come in madrid, even as a spectator .. thks :(
    Now i don't wanna go in madrid .. T_T
     
  6. taufik_lin16

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    whaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!

    is that the last time i will see her played!! (MVP Cup) God,......
     
  7. Han

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    All the best, Mia

    Such a pity that Mia won't even consider retiring after this year or after the World Championship. I think the abrupted decision was made not just purely for the husband as Mia also has injuries on knees. According to Sina, Zhang Ning was shocked and sincerely wish Mia all the best ...
    I have the feeling Mia will still play her last WC next month(may be is my wishful thinking) or may be members of the BF should do petition to Mia to play her last WC??? :crying:
     
  8. Syaoran_Style

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    Yeaah please we must start a petition, mia deserves the exit of a real star, like camilla martin had, she must let her fans say her goodbye ...
    we really should start one ! :( :( :crying: :crying:
     
  9. Winex West Can

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    It would be a great loss to badminton especially to Dutch and European badminton. Right now, there is only two Chinese ladies ranked in the top 10 WS and the field is wide open and very much so with the new scoring system.
     
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    OMG OMG OMG! mia, why oh why... this news is really disappointíng so many of her fans.
     
  11. walkinghome

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    Thank you Kemana.

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    Interestingly, there has not been English media coverage yet about Mia stopping. Nothing reported on internationalbadminton.org (where there was for Ra Kyung Min, Kim Dong Moon, and Sara Runsten Petersen's retirements), nor on the European badminton website.

    It is a great idea to do a petition for Mia. I reckon -- because it'd be cool for her to see it. I don't know how to create one but someone please do.

    How I wish Mia would take it easier like Taufik, and continue playing a few big tournaments.

    It was important that Andre Agassi said this year would be his last Wimbledon singles. Everything seems so much in order like this. He gave himself a chance feel the grand occasion and venue, love hitting the ball in his favourite tournament, and to bid farewell to everyone. He stood on court and spoke into the microphone and thank the crowds over the years -- it was all on tv. The Wimbledon crowd saluted the great man and his achievements. A champion and a champion person.
     
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  12. Green72(CAN)

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    I watched a game where Zhang Ning destroyed Audina. Audina didn't look fit, she was on the big side for a singles badminton player. She did play some very nice shots but it looked too easy for Zhang. Mia was sweating quite a bit and Zhang barely.

    I think the match was in 2004 or so. I haven't seen Mia play when she was younger.
     
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    Also A Story is on IBF Website now:


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    Mia Quits!

    22 August 2006

    Story by Raphael Sachetat and Mark Scheffer, photos by Badmintonphoto.com


    Mia Audina stunned the badminton world by announcing last week that she was retiring from International competition, leaving a country and the world of badminton short of one of its greatest players ever.



    The news spread like fire, all over the world amongst the badminton fans.. "Have you heard the news? Mia stops playing badminton!”

    It was all over the forums a few minutes after a Dutch story appeared on the Wire. In no time, some fans were hoping to have a petition signed by thousands of people for her to change her mind and play in the upcoming world championships.
    Nobody expected the 26-year-old Mia Audina to withdraw from competition just weeks before the World Championships – a title she’s never won – and more over, a year and a half before the ultimate target she had set herself; to win a Gold medal in the Olympics after clinching 2 silvers. She announced it to her team mates and coach before she was interviewed by the Dutch press. “I didn’t feel like she was sad making this decision,” said Meulendijks, her training partner, few minutes after she was told by Mia.

    The strong minded girl once again chose to do it her way and will probably end up proving that she was right to stop at the peak of her career. Just like on a badminton court. Her will, her mental strength and vision of the game is known to be amongst the top in the world by many specialists, including her own opponents. And her technique is simply stunning, leaving her opponents and spectators often breathless.

    Incredible career

    Her career started at an age where kids usually learn how to walk. Holding a racket when she was two years old, she was the jewel of her generation back in Indonesia. Soon, she became a National hero at 14 years old, when, in 1994, she gave her home country the Uber Cup, beating Zhang Ning in an epic fifth match for the overall victory. A perfect start for an incredible career.

    Then, two years later, at only 16, she clinched an amazing silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The colour of this metal was to be tasted again in 2004, eight years later, when she was beaten by Zhang Ning in the final of Athens Olympics. This time, she was playing under a different flag as she had since left Indonesia for a new country – the Netherlands.

    Yet, as if 2 silver medals in the greatest event of all wasn’t enough Mia Audina clinched a big number of tournaments, including gold in 2004 European individual championships and gold as a team in the European team championships later. Few months ago, she helped the Netherlands reach its best ever result in a team event, making it to the final of the Uber Cup against China.

    The reasons behind the decision

    While she admitted to have been aiming for a gold medal in Beijing in 2008, Mia however decided to stop her career before that. A matured decision for her even if it felt as a sudden one for everybody else.

    “I wanted to continue until Beijing 2008, but I noticed this year that I was sick quite often. That was a sign that I was starting to ask too much from my body,” she told the Dutch Press. Her physical struggle – which has always been her weakness throughout the years - definitely seems to be one of the main reasons why she has decided to stop.

    Love seems to be another reason. Mia now feels she should return the support given to her by her beloved husband, gospel singer Tylio Lobman. “Tylio supported me for all these years, and now I want to do the same for him. It is time to reverse the roles.”

    Mia will then tour the world, this time without her sports bag on her shoulder, helping and supporting the one who has been her number one fan all these years, ever since they met in a church group and he took her from her homeland of Indonesia to the Netherlands.

    Mia will also be working, this time in the world of diamonds – a symbolic second career for one who is still considered by many as the jewel of badminton.

    A new life begins

    No more training. No more badminton related travelling. A new life is beginning for Audina who has been a badminton athlete all her life…She will definitely be missed and of course it will be the other way around too. "I will definitely miss badminton. I haven’t known anything else all my life. It is strange that I do not have to look at my competition-shirt anymore. I will never have to wear that shirt again. A strange idea. It will be different".

    Tributes

    It will be very different for others as well, starting with her team mates to whom she has been a very strong leader. Her adoption in her new country was amongst the easiest as she spoke the language quickly and helped others improve their game. For her coach, Martijn Van Dooremalen, her decision has to be respected even if he realises he will be missing his best chance at Olympic Gold.

    “For Mia herself, it is a sensible decision. She could have won gold in Beijing, but if she felt it has to be different, it is good that she makes the call. Yet she is one of the most unique players in world of badminton. The fans will miss her, the Chinese will jump for joy when they hear it,” said Van Dooremalen.

    All players agree that Mia’s style of play is unique and amongst the best to watch. “She is just an incredible player, one of the strongest I have ever seen. I just love to just watch her play. It is a pity we won’t see her again on court,” said the German number one Xu Huaiwen, who has had to struggle many times against the Indonesian-born Dutch…

    There is however the possibility that we could see Mia on court again. She and her husband have already thought of working for some charity events, to follow the principles of the religion which they both strongly believe in. Maybe, one day, she could give exhibition matches to raise some money for a good cause… and needless to say people will definitely pay, if only to see Mia’s “round-the-head” famous shot…
     
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    Great write-up, Raphy!
     
  16. DinkAlot

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    I believe Mia's husband does have his priorities straight; and she does too.

    Best wishes to them and God bless. :)
     
  17. ants

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    Well its not easy to have your spouse travel overseas for games most of the time. It takes alot of patience to do that. Its really give and take for both husband and wife.
     
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    The end of any era is really a sad thing. A really sad thing. Everything eventually turns to dust - theres no way around it.
     
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    She will be missed... now we have to look for the next Mia.. :)
     

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    wow!! badminton world is on a bad roll.. losing a good player like her is a lot!!
     

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