Sony Dwi Kuncoro

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Sony Dwi Kuncoro
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka — Sony Dwi Kuncoro 17 (cropped).jpg
Sony Dwi Kuncoro at the 2013 French Open Superseries
Personal information
Country  Indonesia
Born (1984-07-07) July 7, 1984 (age 33)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Handedness Right
Coach Gading Safitrihis wife
Men's singles
Highest ranking 3 (7 October 2003)
Current ranking 68 (2 February 2018)
BWF profile

Sony Dwi Kuncoro (born July 7, 1984 in Surabaya, East Java) is a male badminton singles player from Indonesia. He is the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, two-time World Championships medallist (silver–2007, bronze–2009)[1] and three-time Asia champion (2002, 2003, 2005). He was two-time participated at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. He had missed the Olympic Games in 2012 after injury set him back in the qualification process.

Personal life[edit]

When he was young, he joined the Suryanaga Surabaya badminton club. Currently, he joins the Tjakrindo Masters badminton club in Surabaya. His parents are Moch. Sumadji (father) and Asmiati (mother). His hobbies are fixing automobiles and hanging-out or travelling. Generally people call him Sony, which can also be spelled as Soni. He married to Gading Safitri on 24 July 2009, who is also becoming his coach and manager.


2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

Kuncoro played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles, defeating M. Roslin Hashim of Malaysia and Jim Ronny Andersen of Norway in the first two rounds. In the quarterfinals, Kuncoro defeated Park Tae-sang of Korea 15–13, 15–4. Kuncoro advanced to the semifinals, in which he lost to Shon Seung-mo of Korea 15–6, 9–15, 15–9. Playing in the bronze medal match, he defeated Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand by a score of 15–11, 17–16 for the bronze medal.

2007 BWF World Championships[edit]

He became runner up at the 2007 IBF World Championships after losing to Lin Dan in straight sets with score 11–21 20–22 in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.But, in his road through the final, he defeated Lee Chong Wei in the third round 21–9 21–11, Peter Gade in the quarter final, 22–20 21–18. He also beat Chen Yu in the semifinal in 3 tough games.

2009 BWF World Championships[edit]

He was bronze medalist at the 2009 BWF World Championships, again losing to Lin Dan, but this time with 3 sets, 16–21 21–14 15–21. En route to the semi, he beat Lee Chong Wei (world number one) in the quarter finals with 21–16 14–21 21–12.

Other achievements[edit]

He was also the runner up in World Junior Championships in 2000, defeated by Bao Chunlai. He also had good result in Asian Badminton Championships, with three titles. On September 23, 2007, Sony won the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold after beating Taufik Hidayat in the final round by 18–21, 21–6, 21–13. Sony has also won the men's singles gold medal twice at the Southeast Asian Games (2003, 2005). At the SEA Games in 2007 and 2009, Sony helped the Indonesia win gold at the men's team event. In June 2008, Sony won the Indonesia Open Superseries after beating Simon Santoso in the final round by scores of 19–21, 21–14, 21–9 in Istora Senayan, Jakarta. In September 2008 Sony won the Japan Open Superseries after beating Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in straight sets 21–17, 21–11 in the final round. Also in September 2008 he captured the China Masters Superseries by beating China's Chen Jin 21–19, 21–18 in the final, thus becoming the first player to win men's singles at three consecutive "superseries" tournaments.

In 2009, his best performance in Superseries was being the semifinalist in Indonesia Open Superseries, beaten by Taufik Hidayat, 17–21 14–21 and in Denmark Open Superseries by Marc Zwiebler of Germany with three tough games. In December, once again he helped Indonesia to be the best in Southeast Asian Games, beating Malaysia in the men teams final. He also finished second in the individual event, beaten by his teammate Simon Santoso.

In 2012, he won the Men's Singles title in Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold after defeat China's Chen Yuekun in straight games, 21–17, 21–14.[2] In the semi final, he beat the first seed from China, Lin Dan also in straight games, 21–17, 21–16.

In 2013, he started the year by becoming the semifinalist in 2013 Korea Open Superseries Premier, beaten by Du Pengyu, 12–21 17–21 and in 2013 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, giving walkover to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka. He became the finalist in 2013 Malaysia Open Superseries, beaten by Lee Chong Wei, 7–21 8–21[3] and in 2013 Hong Kong Open Superseries, again beaten by Lee Chong Wei, 13–21 9–21.[4]

In 2015, his best performance was being the champion at 2015 Chinese Taipei Masters Grand Prix after beating Wang Tzu-wei of Chinese Taipei with score 21–13 21–15. He also won the 2015 Indonesia International Challenge after defeat the Korean young blood Jeon Hyeok-jin with straight games 22–20, 21–15.

In 2016, he advanced to the main round of the 2016 Singapore Open Superseries after winning the qualification rounds. He later won the event after beating China's Lin Dan in the semi-final with score 21–10 17–21 22–20,[5][6][7] then South Korea's Son Wan-ho in the final with 21–16 13–21 21–14.[8][9] This is his first Superseries title win in six years. He last tasted success at this level on the same stage at the 2010 Singapore Open.[10] The victory is proof that he has still got it. It’s a reward for his hard work as an independent shuttler after kicked out of the national training camp in mid-2014 because of injuries to his back, waist and wrist over the years.[11][12]


Olympic Games[edit]

Kuncoro competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's singles but he was eliminated in the quarterfinal.

2008 Summer Olympics – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round Thailand Boonsak Ponsana 21–16, 21–14 Win
Third round Finland Ville Lång 21–13, 21–18 Win
Quarterfinal Malaysia Lee Chong Wei [2] 9–21, 11–21 Lost

Kuncoro competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's singles and won the bronze medal.

2004 Summer Olympics – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round Malaysia Roslin Hashim 15–6, 9–15, 15–8 Win
Second round Norway Jim Ronny Andersen 15–7, 15–6 Win
Quarterfinal South Korea Park Tae-sang 15–13, 15–4 Win
Semifinal South Korea Shon Seung-mo 6–15, 15–9, 9–15 Lost
Bronze-final Thailand Boonsak Ponsana 15–11, 17–16 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Championships (0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)[edit]

2009 BWF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round Austria Michael Lahnsteiner 21–13, 21–9 Win
Second round Poland Przemysław Wacha 21–12, 21–13 Win
Third round India Chetan Anand [15] 21–16, 21–16 Win
Quarterfinal Malaysia Lee Chong Wei [1] 21–16, 14–21, 21–12 Win
Semifinal China Lin Dan [5] 14–21, 21–13, 15–21 Bronze Bronze
2007 BWF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round India Chetan Anand 11–21, 21–14, 21–18 Win
Second round Japan Yousuke Nakanishi 21–15, 21–16 Win
Third round Malaysia Lee Chong Wei [2] 21–11, 21–9 Win
Quarterfinal Denmark Peter Gade [5] 22–20, 21–18 Win
Semifinal China Chen Yu [6] 18–21, 21–13, 21–15 Win
Final China Lin Dan [1] 11–21, 20–22 Silver Silver

Asia Championships (3 golds, 1 silver, 0 bronze)[edit]

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2005 Hyderabad, India Malaysia Kuan Beng Hong 15–10, 15–5 Gold Gold (3)
2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 12–15, 15–7, 6–15 Silver Silver
2003 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 15–5, 7–15, 15–8 Gold Gold (2)
2002 Bangkok, Thailand Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 15–12, 15–5 Gold Gold (1)

Southeast Asian Games (2 golds, 1 silver, 0 bronze)[edit]

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos Indonesia Simon Santoso 16–21, 12–21 Silver Silver
2005 PhilSports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines Indonesia Simon Santoso 17–16, 15–3 Gold Gold
2003 Tan Binh Sport Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Malaysia Wong Choong Hann 15–8, 15–5 Gold Gold

Asian Junior Championships (0 gold, 2 silvers, 0 bronze)[edit]

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Taiwan Indonesia Ardiansyah 12–15, 12–15 Silver Silver
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan China Lin Dan 12–15, 5–15 Silver Silver

BWF Superseries (5 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[13] 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,[14] with successful players invited to the BWF Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Singapore Open (2) South Korea Son Wan-ho 21–16, 13–21, 21–14[15] 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2013 Hong Kong Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 13–21, 9–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 7–21, 8–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Singapore Open (1) Thailand Boonsak Ponsana 21–19, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2008 China Masters (1) China Chen Jin 21–16, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2008 Japan Open (1) Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–17, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2008 Indonesia Open (1) Indonesia Simon Santoso 19–21, 21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
     Superseries tournament
     Superseries Premier tournament
     Superseries Finals tournament

BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Thailand Open Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Chinese Taipei Masters (1) Chinese Taipei Wang Tzu-wei 21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–17, 8–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Indonesian Masters (1) Indonesia Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–11, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 Thailand Open (1) China Chen Yuekun 21–17, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2007 Chinese Taipei Open (1) Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 18–21, 21–6, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
     Grand Prix Gold tournament
     Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Indonesia International South Korea Jeon Hyeok-jin 22–20, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Participation at Indonesian team[edit]

  • 4 times at Sudirman Cup (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • 4 times at Thomas Cup (2002,2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  • 2 times at Olympic Games in individual event (2004, 2008)

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Head to head (H2H) against BWF Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[16]


  1. ^ "Badminton: China's Lin Dan sent packing by Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Thailand Title Shows Sony Is No Spent Force". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lee trounces Kuncoro to lift crown". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dominant Lee wins Hong Kong Open". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lin Dan out of Singapore Open". Xinhua. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sony pulls a surprise win over Lin Dan in Singapore Open". The Star. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Chinese superstar Lin Dan booted from Singapore". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tuned in: Sony Dwi Kuncoro beats Son Wan-ho to win the Singapore Open". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kuncoro and Ratchanok win Singapore Open". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Badminton: Sony Dwi Kuncoro tastes Superseries success again at S'pore Open". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Veteran Sony on Singapore win: 'Proof that I've still got it'". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Struggling Sony continues to misfire after training-camp life". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 2006-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "OUE Singapore Open 2016: MS draw". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sony Dwi Kuncoro's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

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