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 28)
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.

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.

Participation on Indonesian Team[edit]

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

Achievements (except Teams Events)[edit]

Mixed Doubles with Tontowi Ahmad

Year Tournament Venue Round
2014
2014 OUE Singapore Open Super Series Singapore Winner
2014 Yonex All England Super Series Premier England Winner
2013
2013 Victor China Open Super Series Premier China Winner
2013 Yonex Denmark Super Series Premier Denmark Runner-up
2013 Yonex-Sunrise Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold Indonesia Runner-up
2013 Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships China Gold Medalist
2013 Li-Ning Singapore Open Super Series Singapore Winner
2013 Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series India Winner
2013 Yonex All England Badminton Championships England Winner
2012
2012 Kumpoo Macau Open Badminton Championships Macau Winner
2012 Yonex Denmark Open Super Series Denmark Runner-up
2012 Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Indonesia Winner
2012 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier Indonesia Runner-up
2012 Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series India Winner
2012 Swiss Open Switzerland Winner
2012 Yonex All England Super Series Premier England Winner
2011
2011 Kumpoo Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Winner
2011 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier Indonesia Runner-up
2011 BWF World Championships England Bronze Medalist
2011 Li Ning Singapore Open Singapore Winner
2011 Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold Malaysia Winner
2011 Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series India Winner
2010
2010 Indonesia Grand Prix Gold Indonesia Winner
2010 Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold Taiwan Runner-up
2010 Macau Open Badminton Championships Macau Winner

Mixed Doubles with Nova Widianto

Year Tournament Venue Round
2010
2010 Li-Ning Singapore Open Singapore Runner-up
2010 All-England Super Series England Runner-up
2009
2009 Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series Hong Kong Runner-up
2009 Yonex French Super Series France Winner
2009 Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Championships India Silver Medalist
2008
2008 China Masters Super Series China Runner-up
2008 Yonex Japan Super Series Japan Runner-up
2008 Beijing Olympic Games China Silver Medalist
2008 Singapore Open Super Series Singapore Winner
2008 Asian Badminton Championships Malaysia Silver Medalist
2008 All England Open Super Series England Runner-up
2007
2007 Hong Kong Open Super Series Hong Kong Winner
2007 China Open Super Series China Winner
2007 Yonex Japan Open Super Series Japan Runner-up
2007 BWF World Championships Malaysia Gold Medalist
2007 Philippines GP Gold Philippines Winner
2007 Hong Kong Open Super Series Hong Kong Winner
2007 Indonesia Open Super Series Indonesia Runner-up
2006
2006 Japan Open Japan Runner-up
2006 Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Runner-up
2006 Korea Open Korea Winner
2006 Taipei Open GP Gold Taiwan Winner
2006 Singapore Open Singapore Winner
2006 Indonesia Open Indonesia Runner-up
2006 Asian Badminton Championships Malaysia Gold Medalist
2005
2005 Sudirman Cup China Runner-up
2005 Indonesia Open Indonesia Winner
2005 BWF World Championships United States Gold Medalist
2005 Swiss Open Switzerland Runner-up
2004
2004 Singapore Open Indonesia Winner

Women's Doubles with Vita Marissa

Year Tournament Venue Round
2008
2008 Indonesia Open Super Series Indonesia Winner
2007
2007 China Masters Super Series China Winner

Mixed Doubles with Markis Kido

Year Tournament Venue Round
2002
2002 Asian Junior Badminton Championships Indonesia Gold Medalist
2002 IBF World Junior Championships South Africa Bronze Medalist

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. People often call her by her nicknames, Butet or Yana. 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.

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