Imelda Wiguno

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Imelda Wiguna
Personal information
Birth nameMustika Imelda Wiguna Kurniawan
Country Indonesia
Born (1951-10-12) 12 October 1951 (age 68)
Slawi, Indonesia

Imelda Wiguna (also known as Imelda Wigoena, Chinese: 黃祖金, born 12 October 1951) is a former badminton player from Indonesia who played at the world class level from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s.

Career[edit]

A doubles specialist, Wiguna's two most impressive years in badminton were 1979 and 1980. In 1979 she won both doubles events, women's doubles with Verawaty Wiharjo and mixed doubles with Christian Hadinata, at the prestigious All-England Championships.[1] The following year she reached the final of both events at the then triennial IBF World Championships in Jakarta, losing the women's doubles with Verawaty but winning the mixed doubles with Christian.[2] Thereafter, though Wiguna continued to play at a high level, the demands of motherhood and strong competition from Chinese Mainland players made winning the biggest tournaments more difficult. Her other titles included women's doubles at the Asian Games (1978), the Danish Open (1978), the Canadian Open (1979), and the Southeast Asian Games (1979, 1985); and mixed doubles at the Canadian Open (1979), and the Southeast Asian Games (1979, 1981, 1985).

Wiguna played in five consecutive Uber Cup (women's international team) competitions for Indonesia between 1974 and 1986. She helped her nation to capture its first world title (over Japan) in 1975,[3] and to reach the final round in 1978, 1981, and 1986.

Achievements[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1975 All England Indonesia Theresia Widiastuti Japan Machiko Aizawa
Japan Etsuko Takenaka
15–12, 12–15, 9–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1975 Denmark Open Indonesia Theresia Widiastuti Denmark Lene Køppen
Denmark Inge Borgstrøm
3–15, 15–3, 15–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1978 Denmark Open Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin Japan Emiko Ueno
Japan Yoshiko Yonekura
15–8, 8–15, 15–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1979 All England Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin Japan Atsuko Tokuda
Japan Mikiko Takada
15–3, 10–15, 15–5 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1979 Badminton World Cup Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin Japan Emiko Ueno
Japan Yoshiko Yonekura
3–15, 7–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1979 Canadian Open Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin Japan Mikiko Takada
Japan Atsuko Tokuda
7–15, 15–12, 15–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1980 BWF World Championships Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin England Nora Perry
England Jane Webster
15–12, 15–3 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Thailand Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean China Guan Weizhen
China Wu Jianqiu
2–15, 0–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Indonesia Open Indonesia Rosiana Tendean Indonesia Ivana Lie
Indonesia Verawaty Fadjrin
15–17, 2–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Badminton World Cup Indonesia Rosiana Tendean China Li Lingwei
China Han Aiping
7–15, 7–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mix's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 All England Indonesia Christian Hadinata England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
15–1, 18–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1979 Canadian Open Indonesia Christian Hadinata Indonesia Ade Chandra
Indonesia Verawaty Wiharjo
15–6, 15–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1980 All England Indonesia Christian Hadinata England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
13–18, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1980 BWF World Championships Indonesia Christian Hadinata England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
15–12, 15–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
1981 All England Indonesia Christian Hadinata England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
15–10, 14–18, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1981 Denmark Open Indonesia Christian Hadinata England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
2–15, 2–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1984 Denmark Open Scotland Billy Gilliland England Mike Tredgett
England Nora Perry
ret 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 95, 108.
  2. ^ Davis, 110.
  3. ^ Davis 134, 135.