Tony Gunawan

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Tony Gunawan
Personal information
Country United States
Born (1975-04-09) 9 April 1975 (age 44)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
CoachChristian Hadinata
Herry Iman Pierngadi
BWF profile

Tony Gunawan (Chinese: 吳俊明; pinyin: Wu Junming; born 9 April 1975) is a Chinese descended, Indonesian-born badminton player and coach who excelled internationally for Indonesia and later for the United States.

Career[edit]

Gunawan is a former Olympic gold medalist and world champion for Indonesia, and now represents the United States. He is regarded by many, including his peers, as one of the greatest doubles players in badminton's history.[1] A superb all-court player with a particular facility in the forecourt, he won the 2000 Olympic gold medal, the 2001 IBF World Championships, and 2005 IBF World Championships with 3 different men's doubles partners.

He won the Men's Doubles gold medal in the 2005 World Championships from the 13th seeded position with his American partner Howard Bach. Gunawan partnered with Halim Haryanto to win the 2001 World Championships as well as the 2001 All-England Open, and with Candra Wijaya to win the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He was a member of the world champion 2000 Indonesia Thomas Cup team, winning his match in the final against China with yet another partner, Rexy Mainaky.

Gunawan and Bach won the 2005 IBF World Championships Men's Doubles gold over Gunawan's ex-partner Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto who were also finalists in the 2003 IBF World Championships in the same event. Tony played for Indonesia from 1992–2001 and is the winner of numerous international titles. He has coached and played for USA since 2001. Tony is currently studying in Orange County, California and coaches at San Gabriel Badminton Club 2 (Pomona).

Personal life[edit]

He married with Women's doubles Indonesia, Etty Tantri in July 29, 2002 at the Monte Carlo Chapel in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Christopher and Leon.

Achievements[edit]

Olympics[edit]

2000 Summer Olympics – Men's doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
Round 1 Indonesia Candra Wijaya [1] N/A bye Win
Round 2 Denmark Jim Laugesen
Denmark Michael Søgaard
15–9, 15–7 Win
Quarterfinals United Kingdom Simon Archer [8]
United Kingdom Nathan Robertson
15–13, 15–11 Win
Semifinals South Korea Ha Tae-kwon [4]
South Korea Kim Dong-moon
15–13, 15-10 Win
Final South Korea Lee Dong-soo [2]
South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
15-10, 9-15, 15-7 Gold Gold

IBF World Championships[edit]

2005 IBF World Championships – Men's Doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st United States Howard Bach [13] Wales Matthew Hughes
Wales Martyn Lewis
15-0, 15-3 Win
2nd Czech Republic Jan Vondra
Czech Republic Jan Fröhlich
15–5, 15–3 Win
3rd Malaysia Chew Choon Eng [8]
Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
15–10, 15–11 Win
QF Denmark Jens Eriksen [1]
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
15–9, 15–10 Win
SF Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto [4]
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
15-9, 15–13 Win
Final Indonesia Candra Wijaya [2]
Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
15–11, 10-15, 15–11 Gold Gold
2001 IBF World Championships – Men's Doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st Indonesia Halim Haryanto [5] Japan Yuzo Kubota
Japan Shinya Ohtsuka
15-3, 15-4 Win
2nd England James Anderson
England Graham Hurrell
8-15, 15–7, 15–7 Win
3rd China Chen Qiqiu
China Liu Yong
15–13, 15–5 Win
QF South Korea Lee Dong-soo
South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
15–12, 15–9 Win
SF Malaysia Chew Choon Eng [6]
Malaysia Chan Chong Ming
12-15, 15-5, 15–3 Win
Final South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Kim Dong-moon
15–0, 15–13 Gold Gold

World Cup[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China United States Howard Bach Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
18–21, 9–21 Bronze Bronze

World Badminton Grand Prix Finals[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Brunei Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Halim Haryanto
Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
7–5, 8–6, 7–2 Gold Gold
1999 Brunei Indonesia Candra Wijaya South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Kim Dong-moon
15–7, 8–15, 15–11 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Istora Gelora Bung Karno,
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia Rexy Mainaky Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
15–8, 15–9 Gold Gold

Pan American Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Howard Bach United States Halim Haryanto
United States Sattawat Pongnairat
21–10, 21–14 Gold Gold

BWF Super Series (1 title, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Singapore Open United States Howard Bach Chinese Taipei Fang Chieh-min
Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
14–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Indonesia Indonesia Open Indonesia Candra Wijaya Malaysia Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
Malaysia Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari
21-19, 18-21, 14-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
12-21, 21-18, 13-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Japan Japan Open (3) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto Chandra
21-18, 21-17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Malaysia Malaysia Open Indonesia Candra Wijaya Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
15-21, 18-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

IBF World Grand Prix (36 titles)[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 United States US Open (6) United States Howard Bach Austria Jürgen Koch
Austria Peter Zauner
21–12, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Japan Japan Open (2) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
21-15, 21-14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 South Korea Korea Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya South Korea Lee Jae-jin
South Korea Hwang Ji-man
21-18, 21-18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 United States US Open (5) United States Halim Haryanto Russia Alexander Nikolaenko
Russia Vitaly Durkin
21-10, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Indonesia Indonesia Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21-17, 21-16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Denmark Copenhagen Masters (2) United States Howard Bach China Fu Haifeng
China Cai Yun
15-12, 11-15, 15-4 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open (2) United States Halim Haryanto Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
15-13, 15-13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 United States US Open (4) United States Howard Bach Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
15-1, 15-2 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Germany Bitburger German Open (1) United States Halim Haryanto Canada Mike Beres
Canada William Milroy
15-3, 15-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 United States USA SCBA International (1) United States Howard Bach United States Bob Malaythong
United States Raju Rai
1-0 retired 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Netherlands Dutch Open (1) United States Howard Bach Denmark Peter Steffensen
Denmark Thomas Laybourn
15-8, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 United States US Open (3) United States Howard Bach Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
15-5, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 United States US Open (2) United States Bob Malaythong Chinese Taipei Lee Sung-yuan
Chinese Taipei Lin Wei-hsiang
6-15, 15-4, 15-5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 United States SCBA Classic (1) United States Bob Malaythong United States Kevin Han
Howard Bach
15-10, 15-9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Open (1) United States Bob Malaythong Spain Sergio Llopis
Spain José Antonio Crespo
15-6, 15-3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 United States US Open (1) United States Bob Malaythong United States Kevin Han
United States Howard Bach
11-15, 15-7, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2001 England All England Open (2) Indonesia Halim Haryanto Indonesia Candra Wijaya
Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
15-13, 7-15, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Malaysia Cheah Soon Kit
Malaysia Yap Kim Hock
15-7, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Indonesia Indonesia Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Eng Hian
14-17, 15-6, 15-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2000 Japan Japan Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya South Korea Lee Dong-soo
South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
15-6, 15-7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Malaysia Ipoh Masters (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Eng Hian
15-11, 15-9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 Malaysia Malaysia Open (2) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Indonesia Flandy Limpele
Indonesia Eng Hian
15-6, 15-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1999 England All England Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya South Korea Lee Dong-soo
South Korea Yoo Yong-sung
15-7, 15-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Hong Kong Hong Kong Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Jesper Larsen
15-10, 15-9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Brunei Brunei Open (1) Indonesia Halim Haryanto Denmark Michael Sogaard
Indonesia Denny Kantono
15-2, 15-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Malaysia Malaysia Open (1) Indonesia Halim Haryanto China Liu Yong
China Yu Jinhao
6-15, 15-5, 15-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1998 Sweden Swedish Open (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya China Yang Ming
China Zhang Jun
15-3, 15-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Denmark Copenhagen Masters (1) Indonesia Candra Wijaya England Simon Archer
England Chris Hunt
15-13, 15-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 Poland Polish Open (1) Indonesia Victor Wibowo Indonesia Rudy Wijaya
Indonesia Seng Kok Keong
15-11, 15-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
1997 France French Open (1) Indonesia Victor Wibowo Indonesia Efraim Davis
Indonesia Halim Haryanto
15-10, 15-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 United States US Open (3) Indonesia Vita Marissa Japan Kenichi Hayakawa
Japan Misaki Matsutomo
21–13, 21–10 Winner
2005 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open (1) Chinese Taipei Cheng Wen-Hsing Indonesia Devin Lahardi
Indonesia Vita Marissa
17-15, 15-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2003 United States US Open (2) United States Etty Tantri South Korea Hwang Ji-man
South Korea Lee Eun-woo
15-5, 15-9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 United States SCBA Classic (1) United States Mesinee Mangkalakiri Canada Philippe Bourret
Canada Denyse Julien
11-3, 13-5 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Open (1) United States Mesinee Mangkalakiri Peru Tjitte Weistra
Peru Dorianna Rivera
15-6, 15-3 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2002 United States US Open (1) United States Etty Tantri England Simon Archer
Sweden Marina Andrievskaya
7-11, 11-4, 11-6 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Other Results[edit]

2008 China Cup 2008 S.Series Semi-Finalist
06/04/2008 India Grand Prix Gold 2008 GP Gold 4900.00 Semi-Finalist
16/03/2008 Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2008 S.Series 5040.00 Quarter-Finalist
09/03/2008 YONEX All England Super Series 2008 S.Series 3600.00 1\16
20/01/2008 Proton Malaysia Open Super Series 2008 S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
25/11/2007 CHINA OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 2220.00 1\32
19/08/2007 16th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 BWF Events 6600.00 Quarter-Finalist
22/07/2007 BINGO BONANZA PHILIPPINE OPEN 2007 GP Gold 2720.00 1\16
13/05/2007 DJARUM INDONESIA SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
06/05/2007 AVIVA OPEN SINGAPORE SUPER SERIES 2007 S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
18/03/2007 WILSON SWISS OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
11/03/2007 YONEX ALL ENGLAND SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
28/01/2007 YONEX KOREA OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
02/09/2006 YONEX SUNRISE HONG KONG OPEN 2006 6* 4950.10 Quarter-Finalist

Performance timeline[edit]

Indonesian team[edit]

  • Senior level
Team Events 1998
Asian Games Gold Gold
Team Events 2000
Thomas Cup Gold Gold

Individual competitions[edit]

  • Senior level
Event 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
BWF World Championships R3 QF Gold Gold A Gold Gold A QF QF R1 R1
Event 2000 2004 2008 2012
Olympics Gold Gold A A GS

References[edit]

General
  • "Birdie Boys". AsianWeek. 2 September 2005. Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • "Gunawan, Bach talk about their world title". U.S. Olympic Team. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  • Tony Gunawan at databaseOlympics.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 2007-02-07)
  • Tony Gunawan at cnnsi.com
  • Tony Gunawan at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com

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