Liliyana Natsir

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Liliyana Natsir
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Tontowi Ahmad - Liliyana Natsir vs Chris Adcock - Gabrielle White 26.jpg
Liliyana Natsir at the 2013 French Super Series.
Personal information
Birth name Liliyana Natsir
Country  Indonesia
Born (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29)
Manado, Indonesia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Handedness Right
Coach Richard Mainaky
Mixed doubles
Highest ranking 1 (15 June 2006[1])
Current ranking 2 (8 August 2013)
BWF profile

Liliyana Natsir (born 9 September 1985 in Manado) is a female badminton player from Indonesia who specializes in doubles. She is listed as one of the best mixed doubles players in the world. In Indonesia, she is often considered the queen of mixed doubles thanks to her achievements with two different pairs. Her current partner is Tantowi Ahmad since 2011, after separated from his previous partner, Nova Widianto. In 2013, she made history by becoming the first female player to win three BWF World Championships in the mixed doubles.

Early life[edit]

Natsir had dreamed of being a badminton athlete since childhood. She started playing badminton at the age of nine at her local badminton club in Manado. Three years later, she decided to move to Jakarta and entered her youth club, Tangkas Alfamart. She joined the national badminton team of Indonesia in 2002 together with Natalia Poluakan, her longtime friend from Manado. When she and Poluakan won the women's doubles title in Pekan Olahraga Nasional (National Games), Richard Mainaky noticed her game and invited her to play in mixed doubles with Nova Widianto.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2006 Natsir and Widianto won the Asian Championships in mixed doubles and four World Grand Prix titles. They won the BWF World Championships in both 2005 and 2007. While Natsir had previously focused on mixed doubles with partner Nova Widianto, in 2007 she began playing women's doubles with Vita Marissa. In the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand, Natsir and Marissa won the gold medal in women's doubles, defeating their Indonesian teammates Jo Novita and Greysia Polii in straight sets. They also helped the Indonesian women's team win the team gold medal at the games. In the beginning of 2009 Marissa resigned from national team. When this decision came out, Marissa and Natsir had to split up and each focus on their own career. One year later, in September 2010, the badminton world was surprised by the sudden split of world number #1 mixed-doubles pair Widianto and Natsir. In total, Nova and Liliyana had clinched two World Championship gold medals and 14 titles all together, and were still at world #1 when the decision was announced. Since then Lilyana has paired with the younger player Tantowi Ahmad in mixed doubles.[3]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Natsir competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Nova Widianto and earned a silver medal. They were defeated in the final by the gold medalists Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea in straight sets 21–11 and 21–17.
She also competed in the women's doubles event with Vita Marissa but lost to Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei of China in the first round.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Natsir competed in badminton at the 2012 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Tantowi Ahmad and finish fourth at the end.

BWF Super Series (18 Titles and 16 Runners Up)[edit]

The BWF Super Series, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[4] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). A season of Super Series features twelve tournaments around the world, including five elevated as Premier Series, which introduced since 2011,[5] with successful players invited to the Super Series Masters Finals held at the year end. Liliyana has got many super series titles with some partners such as Nova Widianto, Vita Marissa, and Tontowi Ahmad.

Tournament Season
2008 2010 2012 2013 2014
All England Open Runner Up Runner Up Winner Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2008 2010 2011 2013 2014
Singapore Open Winner Runner Up Winner Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2007 2008 2011 2012
Indonesia Open Runner Up Winner Runner Up Runner Up
Tournament Season
2012 2013 2014
Denmark Open Runner Up Runner Up Runner Up
Tournament Season
2009 2014
French Open Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2007 2013
China Open Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2007 2008
China Masters Winner Runner Up
Tournament Season
2007 2009
Hong Kong Open Winner Runner Up
Tournament Season
2011 2012 2013
India Open Winner Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2007 2008 2012
Japan Open Runner Up Runner Up Runner Up
Tournament Season
2009
Malaysia Open Winner
Tournament Season
2008
Masters Final Runner-Up (WD and XD)
  Super Series
  Super Series Premier
  Masters Final

BWF Grand Prix (9 Titles and 4 Runners Up)[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Tournament Season
2010 2011 2012
Macau Open Winner Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2007
Philippines Open Winner
Tournament Season
2007 2010 2011
Chinese Taipei Open Runner Up Runner Up Runner Up
Tournament Season
2012
Swiss Open Winner
Tournament Season
2010 2012 2013
Indonesia Open Winner Runner Up Winner
Tournament Season
2010 2011
Malaysia Open Winner Winner
  Grand Prix Gold

Open Tournaments (5 Titles and 4 Runners-Up)[edit]

Tournament Season
2004 2006
Singapore Open Winner Winner
Tournament Season
2005
Swiss Open Runner Up
Tournament Season
2005 2006
Indonesia Open Winner Runner Up
Tournament Season
2006
Chinese Taipei Open Winner
Tournament Season
2006
Korea Open Winner
Tournament Season
2006
Hong Kong Open Runner Up
Tournament Season
2006
Japan Open Runner Up
  Open Tournaments

Participation on Indonesian Team[edit]

  • 5 times at Sudirman Cup (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • 3 times at Uber Cup (2004, 2008, 2010)

Career statistics[edit]

Women's and Mixed Doubles Titles[edit]

Legend
Olympics (1 Silver)
World Championships (3 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Asian Games (1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
World Junior Championships (2 Bronzes)
Asian Junior Championships (1 Gold)
Badminton World Cup (1 Gold)
Uber Cup (1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Sudirman Cup (1 Silver, 2 Bronzes)
Asian Championships (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Southeast Asian Games (5 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronzes)
BWF Super Series (18 Titles and 16 Runners Up)
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix (9 Titles and 4 Runners Up)
Open Tournaments (5 Titles and 4 Runners Up)

Personal life[edit]

Lilyana Natsir and Tantowi Ahmad at the 2013 French Super Series.

Natsir is a daughter of Beno Natsir (father) and Olly Maramis (mother). Her hobbies are listening to music and hanging out. She had only finished elementary school in Manado when she moved to Jakarta and focused herself seriously on badminton. At the end of all competitions she makes a symbol of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Her parents have a shop called Korona Motor in Manado. Her older sister, Calista Natsir, is a doctor. She is one of several Indonesia Woman's Badminton Team members who refuse to play wearing a skirt. After the 2008 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup, national interest in badminton increased, and many young girls and teenagers began to look upon her as their idol.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBF Historical Ranking – Mixed Doubles
  2. ^ Liliyana Natsir
  3. ^ Sachetat, Raphael (24 October 2010). "INDONESIA – Sudden split of world number #1 Widianto-Natsir". Badzine.net. 
  4. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 2006-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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