Ronald Susilo

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Ronald Susilo
Personal information
Birth name 林香文
Country  Singapore
Born (1979-06-06) June 6, 1979 (age 37)
Indonesia Kediri, East Java, Indonesia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Handedness Right
Men's Singles
Highest ranking 6 (in 2004)
Current ranking 236 (was retired, but made a comeback in 2014) (8/13/2015)
BWF profile

Ronald Susilo (Chinese: 林香文; pinyin: Lin Xiang Wen; born June 6, 1979 in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia) is a Singaporean badminton player of Chinese Indonesian descent.

Susilo studied at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) for his secondary education under a scholarship. He speaks English, Indonesian and Malay and understands spoken Chinese. He joined the Singapore Badminton Association at the age of 19. In the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony he was the national flag-bearer of Singapore.

Susilo played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles, defeating number 1 seed Lin Dan of China and Björn Joppien of Germany in the first two rounds. In the quarterfinals, Susilo was defeated by Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 15–10, 15–1. In 2005 and 2007, he won the Singaporean National Badminton Championships.

He represented Singapore at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he lost to number 2 seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 13–21, 14–21 in the men's singles round of 32.

Susilo set up the Ronald Susilo Badminton Academy in Singapore, where he is currently the head coach. With his many achievements and experience on the world badminton scene, he hopes to impart his knowledge and wealth of experience to the future generation of badminton players.

The academy sets itself apart from the rest in the unique and specially designed programs which it tailors to its trainees of all levels with an objective of turning dreams into reality. The coaching staff will be led by Head Coach - Mr. Ronald Susilo and under his supervision is a team of both local and foreign ex-national players who have represented their countries in various international tournaments.[1]

The training venue of RSBA is now at Raffles Institution, 1 Raffles Institution Ln, Singapore 575954.

Comeback in 2014 for SEA Games 2015[edit]

In May 2014 Ronald Susilo, the then 34-year-old Singapore badminton legend announced his comeback on the badminton courts. His objective was gunning for a spot on the 2015 Southeast Asian Games squad, rejoining Team Singapore as a senior player and hoping to support the team and guiding the juniors. The SEA Games were held on home ground Kallang, Singapore in 2015.[2]

He participated in the Singapore International Series 2014, Vietnam GP Open 2014, Indonesian Masters 2014, Malaysia Kuching International Challenge 2014, Macau Open 2014 & Singapore International Series 2015 since his comeback, with a best result reaching the semi-finals in Malaysia till now.

Susilo first sprang into national – and global – consciousness with a victory over badminton great Lin Dan at the 2004 Olympics. The Indonesia native was once ranked sixth in the world at the peak of his powers, but has been less outstanding at a regional level: his best achievement at the SEA Games remains a bronze in singles and a silver in the team event.

Susilo is mostly remembered fondly by many Singaporean fans, reaching the final four at the All-England Open in 2004 before clinching the Japan Open title and a quarter-final spot at the Olympic Games in the same year, earning him the Sportsman of the Year award of Singapore in 2005.

A two-time bronze medallist in the men’s team and singles at the 2003 SEA Games, Susilo also took home the silver and bronze in the team event in 2007 and 2009. But a series of injuries and operations to his shoulder, Achilles heel and elbow from 2004 to 2007 saw him retiring from the sport in 2010. The former top Singaporean shuttler had hung up his racquet in 2010, ending a 12-year career, before announcing his surprise return in 2014.

He has also made brief appearances on court since, competing in the men’s doubles at the 2010 & 2012 Li-Ning Singapore Open with brother-in-law Candra Wijaya, the Li-Ning Singapore International Series 2013 with other brother-in-law Hendra Wijaya and winning the Pilot Pen National Age Group Singles in March 2014.[3]

His campaign, however, had been dealt a blow when the veteran had to pull out of contention for a place on the 2015 Sea Games squad after suffering a muscle tear in his hip.[4]

Career achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Discipline Result
2002 Commonwealth Games Mixed team Runner-up
2002 Singapore Open Men's singles Runner-up
2003 Thailand Open Men's singles Winner
2003 SEA Games Men's singles 3rd Place
2003 SEA Games Men's team 3rd Place
2004 All England Open Men's singles Semi-Finals
2004 Olympic Games Men's singles Quarterfinals
2004 Japan Open Men's singles Winner
2006 Luxembourg Open Men's singles Winner
2007 World Championships Men's singles Quarterfinals
2007 Singapore Super Series Men's singles Semi-finals
2007 SEA Games Men's team Runner-up
2009 SEA Games Men's team 3rd Place

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