Indonesia has gigantic achievements in badminton, especially in the international level. Numerous well-known athletes represent the Indonesian national team to participate in prestigious events such as the BWF World Tour, All England Open, Thomas Cup, and so many more.
Here we summarize the top four Indonesian badminton players based on their latest achievements:
Men’s doubles: Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan
Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan, also known as “The Daddies”, specialize in men’s doubles. They are such intimidating opponents because, more often that not, they have a tendency to win every time. Currently one of the strongest badminton players in the world, they are placed at number two in the men’s doubles rankings. Ahsan and Setiawan are one of the leading squads in Indonesia.
Even before they became partners, the two have already been winning. Hendra Setiawan was with Markis Kido previously and had the title of being the top duo in the late 2000s. Meanwhile, Mohammad Ahsan previously played with Bona Septano, who both reached sixth in the rankings.
“The Daddies” have been playing together as a team since 2012 and ranked first from November 2013 to August 2014. Some of their achievements include winning at the 2019 BWF World Championships, 2020 Thomas Cup, 2020 Asian Team Championships, as well as four Tour titles. They reached the final round of the TotalEnergies BWF World Championship 2022.
Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
The men’s doubles team of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are also known as “Minions“. They started playing together in 2015 and have about 36 titles in their badminton career.
Here are some of the achievements of Gideon and Sukamuljo: 2017 and 2018 All England Open and 2018 Asian Games. They are a pride of Indonesia, receiving the BWF Award for the World’s Best Badminton Player for two consecutive years. Marcus and Kevin got this accolade for winning seven BWF Super Series titles in 2017 and eight World Tour crowns in 2018.
Men’s singles: Jonatan Christie
He is only 24 years old and already a treasure for Indonesia as one of the best badminton players in the world. Jonatan Christie‘s latest championship is winning the 2022 Swiss Open. Christie, also called Jojo, is a specialist in men’s singles with tons of trophies and medals.
These are some of his other accomplishments: winning the gold at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and 2018 Asian Games, as well as being part of the winning team that represented Indonesia at the 2020 Thomas Cup.
As part of the 2018 BWF Tour, Jonathan Christie competed against Lin Dan at the New Zealand Open and came out second with a silver medal. The BWF World Tour is the competitive calendar of the Badminton World Federation BWF. The BWF World Tour is divided into six levels: World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300, and Super 100.
Men’s singles: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was born on October 20, 1996. He specializes in men’s singles. Anthony Ginting is the fifth best men’s singles player according to BWF ranking points.
Anthony’s breakthrough achievement was when he defeated Momota Kento, a Japanese player, at the 2018 China Open. He followed this up with a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games, then another bronze at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Just like Jonatan Christie, Anthony Ginting is included in the Indonesian team that won the 2020 Thomas Cup.
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