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.
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.
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 teammatesJo 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.
BWF Super Series (18 Titles and 16 Runners Up)
The BWF Super Series, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007, 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, 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.
BWF Super Series performance timeline (Women's Doubles)
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.
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.