Susi Susanti

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Susi Susanti
Personal information
Birth name Lucia Francisca Susi Susanti
Country  Indonesia
Born (1971-02-11) 11 February 1971 (age 44)
Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 1
Olympic medal record
Women's Badminton
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Birmingham Women's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Lausanne Women's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Copenhagen Women's Singles
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1994 Hiroshima Team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Hiroshima Women's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Women's Singles
Badminton World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1989 Guangzhou Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1993 New Delhi Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1994 Ho Chi Minh Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1996 Jakarta Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1997 Yogyakarta Women's Singles
Uber Cup
Gold medal – first place 1996 Hong Kong Team
Gold medal – first place 1994 Jakarta Team
Silver medal – second place 1998 Hong Kong Team
Sudirman Cup
Gold medal – first place 1989 Jakarta Team
Silver medal – second place 1991 Copenhagen Team
Silver medal – second place 1993 Birmingham Team
Silver medal – second place 1995 Lausanne Team

Lucia Francisca Susi Susanti (Chinese: 王蓮香, born in Tasikmalaya, West Java on 11 February 1971[1]) is a retired Indonesian badminton player. Relatively small of stature, she combined quick and graceful movement with elegant shotmaking technique, and rates among the most successful players in the history of the women's game. Sometimes her name is also spelled Susy Susanti.

Career[edit]

She won the women's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, United States. She retired from the world badminton circuit not long after her marriage to Alan Budikusuma (who had also won a badminton singles gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics) in February 1997. Susanti was the most dominant women's singles player in the first half of the 1990s, winning the All-England in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the World Badminton Grand Prix finale five times consecutively from 1990 to 1994 as well as in 1996, and the IBF World Championships in 1993. She is the only female player to hold the Olympic, World Championship, and All-England singles titles simultaneously. She won the Japan Open three times and the Indonesian Open five times. She also won numerous Badminton Grand Prix Series events and five Badminton World Cups. She led the Indonesian team to victory over perennial champion China in the 1994 and 1996 Uber Cup (women's world team) competitions. All of this came during a relatively strong period in women's international badminton. Her chief competitors early in her prime years were the Chinese players Tang Jiuhong and Huang Hua, and, later, China's Ye Zhaoying and the Korean star Bang Soo-hyun.

Susanti was inducted into the International Badminton Federation (IBF, currently BWF) Hall of Fame in May 2004, and received the Herbert Scheele Trophy in 2002.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Alan Budikusuma (Chinese: 魏仁芳), a men's badminton Olympic gold medalist (also in 1992) and one of the top men's players in the history of the sport, a former Chinese Indonesian badminton player who excelled at the world level from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. Together they have three children Lourencia Averina, born 1999, Albertus Edward, born in 2000 and Sebastianus Frederick, born in 2003. Alan and Susi have a badminton club in Jakarta Udara. Winning an olympic gold medal was historical for Indonesia, achieving the first Olympic gold medals in 50 years history of the country. Some estimated a crowd of at least 500,000; others estimated more than a million Indonesians were lining the streets of the massive, sprawling city of Jakarta when Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma came home in August 1992 and received a two hour parade. They stood in an open car with leis and Olympic gold medals around their necks and inched toward the national monument in Merdeka square, on Sudirman, the main street, they could hardly move; it was jammed with people all shouting congratulations to the new badminton hero's.[2]

In 2004, Susi and Alan established ASTEC (Alan and Susy Technology), a sport equipment corporation, to support their family. They use materials from Japan for the rackets and produced them in China. This brand has been growing up lately and marketed in most area in Indonesia. Beside ASTEC, the woman who was born in Tasikmalaya on February 11 in 1971 also opened a foot reflexology and sports physiotherapy center, “Fontana”. For this business, she works together with a former Indonesian badminton player, Elizabeth Latief. Now Fontana has four branches, three in Jakarta: Kelapa Gading, Sunter, Pondok Indah, plus one in Bogor.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain Spain

Round Opponent Score Result
Round of 64 - - Bye
Round of 32 Japan Harumi Kohara 11-2, 11-2 Win
Round of 16 Hong Kong Wong Chun Fan 11-4, 11-2 Win
Quarterfinals Thailand Somharuthai Jaroensiri 11-6, 11-1 Win
Semifinals China Huang Hua 11-4, 11-1 Win
Final South Korea Bang Soo Hyun 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 Gold Gold

1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States of America United States

Round Opponent Score Result
Round of 64 - - Bye
Round of 32 Canada Doris Piche 11-1, 11-3 Win
Round of 16 Poland Katarzyna Krasowska 11-4, 11-0 Win
Quarterfinals China Han Jingna 3-11, 11-4, 11-8 Win
Semifinals South Korea Bang Soo Hyun 9-11, 8-11 Lost
Bronze Medal Match South Korea Kim Ji-Hyun 11-4, 11-1 Bronze Bronze

World Badminton Grand Prix Finals[edit]

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1997 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia China Ye Zhaoying 4-11, 4-11 Silver Silver
1996 Denpasar, Indonesia Indonesia China Ye Zhaoying 11–4, 11–1 Gold Gold(6)
1994 Bangkok, Thailand Thailand China Ye Zhaoying 4–11, 12–10, 11–4 Gold Gold(5)
1993 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia China Ye Zhaoying 11–3, 12–9 Gold Gold(4)
1992 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 9–11, 11–3, 11–4 Gold Gold(3)
1991 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia South Korea Lee Heung-soon 9–11, 11–8, 11–1 Gold Gold(2)
1990 Denpasar, Indonesia Indonesia China Tang Jiuhong 8–11, 11–5, 12–10 Gold Gold(1)
     World Badminton Grand Prix Finals

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1995 Chiang Mai, Thailand Thailand Thailand Somharuthai Jaroensiri 11-4, 11-0 Gold Gold(3)
1991 Manila, Philippines Philippines Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 5-11, 11-8, 11-2 Gold Gold(2)
1989 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani Gold Gold(1)
1987 Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia Elizabeth Latief 5-11, 9-11 Silver Silver
     Multi Events

Open Tournaments[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in the Final Score Result
1998 Singapore Open China Ye Zhaoying 5-11, 6-11, 2-11 Runner-up
1997 Vietnam Open Germany Xu Huaiwen 11-4, 11-1 Winner
1997 Indonesia Open Indonesia Meiluawati 11-4, 11-5 Winner(5)
1997 Malaysia Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-5, 11–7 Winner(4)
1996 Chinese Taipei Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-5, 11–2 Winner(3)
1996 Indonesia Open Hong Kong Wang Chen 11-8, 11-8 Winner(4)
1996 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 7-11, 8-11 Runner-up
1995 Korea Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 Winner
1995 Indonesia Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11-1, 12-11 Winner(3)
1995 Malaysia Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11-1, 11–6 Winner(3)
1995 Japan Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11-7, 12-11 Winner(3)
1994 Indonesia Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 2-11, 11-0, 11-7 Winner(2)
1994 Thailand Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11-5, 12–10 Winner(4)
1994 Malaysia Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-3, 11-8 Winner(2)
1994 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 Winner(2)
1994 All England Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-5, 11-9 Winner(4)
1994 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Kim Ji-hyun 11-2, 11-5 Winner(2)
1993 Dutch Open Denmark Camilla Martin 11-7, 11-1 Winner
1993 German Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-6, 11-8 Winner(2)
1993 Korea Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 9-12, 5-11 Runner-up
1993 Thailand Open Thailand Somharuthai Jaroensiri 12-10, 11–2 Winner(3)
1993 Indonesia Open China Ye Zhaoying 9-11, 11-12 Runner-up
1993 Malaysia Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11-6, 11–2 Winner(1)
1993 All England Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 4-11, 11-4, 11–1 Winner(3)
1992 Thailand Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11–7, 11–4 Winner(2)
1992 Hong Kong Open South Korea Bang Soo-hyun 11-5, 6-11, 7-11 Runner-up
1992 German Open Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 Winner(1)
1992 Japan Open China Ye Zhaoying 11-2, 11-0 Winner(1)
1992 Denmark Open Sweden Lim Xiaoqing 11-3, 11–3 Winner(2)
1991 Swedish Open Denmark Pernille Nedergaard 11–2, 11–3 Winner
1991 Thailand Open South Korea Lee Heung-soon 11–7, 11–4 Winner(1)
1991 Denmark Open China Huang Hua 11–5, 6–11, 11–8 Winner(1)
1991 Indonesia Open South Korea Lee Heung-soon 11-8, 11-3 Winner(1)
1991 All England Open Indonesia Sarwendah Kusumawardhani 0-11, 11-2, 11-6 Winner(2)
1991 Japan Open China Huang Hua 3-11, 6-11 Runner-up
1991 Chinese Taipei Open Thailand Somharuthai Jaroensiri 11-1, 11-2 Winner(1)
1990 Indonesia Open South Korea Lee Young-suk 11-1, 8-11, 4-11 Runner-up
1990 Australian Open Australia Anna Lao 11-1, 11-4 Winner
1990 All England Open China Huang Hua 12-11, 11-1 Winner(1)
1989 Indonesia Open China Huang Hua 7-11, 0-11 Runner-up
1989 All England Open China Li Lingwei 8-11, 4-11 Runner-up
     Open Tournament

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ olympic.org
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/25/sports/atlanta-1996-badminton-indonesia-this-no-picnic-southeast-asia-respect-rides.html#h[]
  3. ^ http://www.badzine.net/features/where-are-they-now-susy-susanti-still-contributes-to-badminton/1848/