Nova Widianto

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Nova Widianto
Personal information
Birth nameAndreas Nova Widianto
Country Indonesia
Born (1977-10-10) October 10, 1977 (age 41)
Indonesia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
RetiredSept. 2010
HandednessRight
CoachRichard Mainaky
Highest ranking1 (15 May 2008)

Nova Widianto (born 10 October 1977 in Klaten, Central Java)[1] is a former male badminton player from Indonesia.[2]

Career[edit]

Nova Widianto is considered as one of the greatest doubles player in his era. He is known for his superb movement on court and versatility to be paired with various players. Widianto specialized in mixed doubles. He enjoyed some international success with Vita Marissa, winning the Southeast Asian Games in 2001, the Asian Badminton Championships in 2003, and the Japan Open in 2004. However, his greatest success came from a partnership with Lilyana Natsir. They have been one of the world's two or three leading teams. In 2005, they were able to win the World Championships in 2005, beating Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen in the final. The pair once more captured the gold medal at the 2007, by beating Zheng Bo and Gao Ling. They claimed the silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, having a shocking loss to the world number 10, Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung. At the 2009 BWF World Championships, they also earned the silver medal, losing to the Danish pair. He was the runner up three times in a row, from 2006 to 2008, at the Japan open. They have been runner up at the All England Championships twice, and probably the narrowest one was at 2010, beaten by future Olympic champion, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, 18-21 25-23 18-21 in an hour and 31 minutes, considered as one of the best mixed doubles game that ever played. Widianto has represented Indonesia in the Sudirman Cup (combined men's and women's world team championships) five times: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

He competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Vita Marissa and only reached the quarterfinal, after being defeated in the quarterfinal by the Danish pair.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

He competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics as the 1st seed in mixed doubles with partner Lilyana Natsir and reached the final by beating He Hanbin and Yu Yang in the semifinal with thrilling scores, 15–21 21–11 23–21. In the final, they were defeated by gold medalists, Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea in straight sets, 21–11 and 21–17.

Personal life[edit]

When he was young, he joined the Tangkas Jakarta badminton club. The parent's names are Santoso (father) and Sutari (mother). His hobby is football. Normally, people called him Nova or Kedheng. He's married former Indonesian national player Eny Widiowati.

Men's doubles[edit]

He also followed some tournaments in men's doubles. He played with Candra Wijaya for a few months, preparing for Thomas Cup event and succeeded to be the runner up of Asian Badminton Championships, lost to Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong-dae in the final, 21–16 21–18. He also helped Indonesia to claim gold medal in men's team in Southeast Asian Games, partnering with Muhammad Ahsan and beat Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, 21–18 21–17 to give 3–1 win against Malaysia .

Playing style[edit]

His powerful smash and accurate placement on the court have been a crucial part of Nova's game to dominate the mixed doubles and being at the top level. His mental strength and great spirit also become the decisive factor to win the game and somehow manage to be the other source of his power. The other thing is his ability to keep retrieving the shuttle with such tricky technique also able to make his opponent goes into the trouble.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium,
Beijing, China
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
11–21, 17–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Championships[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium,
Hyderabad, India
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
13–21, 17–21 Silver Silver
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Gao Ling
21–16, 21–14 Gold Gold
2005 Arrowhead Pond,
Anaheim, United States
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
13–15, 15–8, 15–2 Gold Gold

World Cup[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Yiyang, China Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
21–16, 21–18 Gold Gold
2005 Yiyang, China Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
19–21, 10–21 Silver Silver

Asian Games[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
Indonesia Vita Marissa Thailand Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
11–5, 5–11, 5–11 Bronze Bronze

Asia Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Indonesia Candra Wijaya South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
16–21, 18–21 Silver Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Vita Marissa
17–21, 17–21 Silver Silver
2006 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
21–16, 21–23, 21–14 Gold Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Indonesia Vita Marissa South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
15–13, 7–15, 3–15 Bronze Bronze
2003 Istora Senayan,
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia Vita Marissa Indonesia Anggun Nugroho
Indonesia Eny Widiowati
15–2, 15–11 Gold Gold

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex,
Vientiane, Laos
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Thailand Songphon Anugritayawon
Thailand Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
21–10, 20–22, 21–9 Gold Gold
2007 Wongchawalitkul University,
Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
21–13, 22–24, 16–21 Bronze Bronze
2005 PhilSports Arena,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Indonesia Anggun Nugroho
Indonesia Yunita Tetty
15–6, 15–2 Gold Gold
2001 Malawati Stadium,
Selangor, Malaysia
Indonesia Vita Marissa Indonesia Bambang Suprianto
Indonesia Emma Ermawati
3–15, 15–7, 17–15 Gold Gold

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
12–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 All England Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zhang Nan
China Zhao Yunlei
18–21, 25–23, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Poland Robert Mateusiak
Poland Nadiezda Kostiuczyk
20–22, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 French Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Indonesia Hendra Aprida Gunawan
Indonesia Vita Marissa
21–7, 21–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Malaysia Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Superseries Finals Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Denmark Thomas Laybourn
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
19–21, 21–18, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 China Masters Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
17–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Japan Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Indonesia Muhammad Rijal
Indonesia Vita Marissa
21–14, 15–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Singapore Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir England Anthony Clark
England Donna Kellogg
17–21, 21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 All England Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Gao Ling
21–18, 14–21, 9–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Gao Ling
21–23, 21–18, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 China Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thoungthongkam
15–21, 21–18, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Japan Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Gao Ling
19–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Indonesia Open Indonesia Lilyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Gao Ling
16–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF/IBF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Thailand Open Indonesia Vita Marissa Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
Chinese Taipei Chien Yu-chin
10–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Philippines Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir South Korea Han Sang-hoon
South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
21–17, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Japan Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Vita Marissa
21–11, 18–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Hong Kong Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir China Zheng Bo
China Zhao Tingting
20–22, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Korea Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Mette Schjoldager
23–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir South Korea Lee Jae-jin
South Korea Lee Hyo-jung
17–21, 23–21, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Singapore Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
21–16, 20–22, 23–21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Indonesia Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir China Xie Zhongbo
China Zhang Yawen
19–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Indonesia Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Indonesia Anggun Nugroho
Indonesia Yunita Tetty
15–13, 15–1 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Swiss Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir England Nathan Robertson
England Gail Emms
14–17, 6–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Singapore Open Indonesia Liliyana Natsir Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Wong Pei Tty
15–1, 15–4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Japan Open Indonesia Vita Marissa Thailand Sudket Prapakamol
Thailand Saralee Thungthongkam
15–10, 15–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Vita Marissa South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
7–15, 5–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Japan Open Indonesia Vita Marissa South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Ra Kyung-min
3–7, 2–7, 2–7 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Indonesia Open Indonesia Vita Marissa Indonesia Bambang Suprianto
Indonesia Minarti Timur
7–11, 3–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Denmark Open Indonesia Vita Marissa South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Hwang Yu-mi
6–11, 11–4, 7–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2002 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Vita Marissa Indonesia Tri Kusharyanto
Indonesia Emma Ermawati
11–8, 11–13, 7–11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2001 Indonesia Open Indonesia Vita Marissa Indonesia Tri Kusharyanto
Indonesia Emma Ermawati
5–7, 1–7, 7–2, 1–7 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF International[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Jakarta International Indonesia Karel Mainaky Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Aras Razak
15–11, 11–15, 15–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Jakarta International Indonesia Eny Widiowati Indonesia Endra Mulyana Mulyajaya
Indonesia Angeline de Pauw
4–15, 7–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

References[edit]

  1. ^ Handayani, Primastuti (20 August 2008). "Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir: Committed to excellence in badminton". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ INDONESIA – Sudden split of world number #1 Widianto-Natsir

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