Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
|Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|
Sukamuljo at the 2017 All England Open
|Birth name||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|
|Born||2 August 1995|
Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Coach||Herry Iman Pierngadi|
|Career record||312 wins, 82 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon 16 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon 24 March 2020)|
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (born 2 August 1995) is an Indonesian professional badminton player currently ranked world No. 1 in the men's doubles by the Badminton World Federation. He is from PB Djarum, a badminton club in Kudus, Central Java and has been a member of the club since 2007. He won the 2017 All England Open Super Series Premier with his current partner, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. He and Gideon were awarded the BWF Best Male Players of the Year for two years in a row after collected seven Super Series titles in 2017 and eight World Tour titles in 2018.
Sukamuljo and Gideon often referred as "The Minions" because of their height below average badminton players and they are also known for their playing style that is fast and very agile as if bouncing here and there just like Minions in the film Despicable Me, which is often jumping up and down. BWF commentator, Gillian Clark stated that he is one of the fastest player in the badminton world because of his unexpected shots and his ability to know where the next shot will be played.
Early and personal life
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo was born on 2 August 1995 in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, to parents Sugiarto Sukamuljo and Winartin Niawati of Chinese Indonesians. He is the nephew of former world number 1 men's doubles player, Alvent Yulianto Chandra. Sukamuljo started to know about badminton since he was two and a half years, by following and seeing his father playing in the court behind their house. Seeing young Sukamuljo interest in badminton, his father then found a coach in Jember at the Putra 46 club to foster his child talent for a year. Sukamuljo later entered Sari Agung club in Banyuwangi, and in 2006, at the age of eleven, he won a Graha Bhakti Cup tournament. Recognizing his talent, Sukamuljo parents motivated to encourage him to a bigger club. He then took part at the general auditions scholarship held by PB Djarum, but failed due to his posture is too small. However, he refused to give up, and had begun training everyday, instead of his usual 4 days a week routine. With these additional hours, he finally managed to pass the audition at PB Djarum in 2007. According to PB Djarum team manager, Fung Permadi, despite having a small posture, Sukamuljo has a good anticipation and can easily returning the shuttlecock.
After joining PB Djarum, Sukamuljo went through defeat after defeat. At first, Sukamuljo played in the men's singles discipline. However, he was then turned to the doubles disciplines, experimenting with both the men's and mixed doubles. Initially, he and his parents didn't agree with playing doubles. Men's doubles coach, Ade Lukas, considered that Sukamuljo had good hand skill techniques, and after a year of training in doubles, he showed progress and had great expectations going forward.
2010–2013: Junior and early senior career
In the PB Djarum club, Sukamuljo trained by Sigit Budiarto. He won some National Circuit tournament in his age group with different partners. In 2010, he won the Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Pekanbaru, and Jakarta circuit, also the Candra Wijaya men's doubles championships. In 2011, he won the Jakarta circuit and Pertamina Open. He represented Indonesia at the 2011 ASEAN School Games held at the Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall, Singapore, and won a gold in the mixed doubles with Aris Budiharti, and a silver in the boys' doubles with Felix Kinalsal. In July, at the age of 15, Sukamuljo was able to compete in the international senior age group, by finished as the finalist in Singapore International Series tournament partnered with Lukhi Apri Nugroho. He also played at the World Junior Championships held in Taoyuan City, but eliminated in the quarter-finals in the boys' doubles event with his partner Nugroho.
In 2012, Sukamuljo won the U–19 National tournament the Jakarta Open and West Java circuits, also the Candra Wijaya men's doubles championships. In July, he won a bronze medal at the Asian Junior Championships in the boys' doubles event with Alfian Eko Prasetya. He was awarded as the "Future Athlete" after finished runner-up in Tangkas Specs Junior Challenge. In August, he was ranked as number 1 in the BWF World Junior Ranking. In October–November, he competed at the World Junior Championships held in Chiba, Japan, but had to defeated in the early stage both in the boys' and mixed doubles events. In December, he clinched the boys' doubles title at the Junior National Championships with Rafiddias Akhdan Nugroho.
In 2013, Sukamuljo was selected to join the national men's doubles team squad. He started the season by competing in Vietnam International Challenge partnered with Rafiddias Akhdan Nugroho, but lost in the quarter-finals to Hong Kong pair Chan Yun Lung and Wong Wai Hong in a close rubber games. In May, he won the West Java circuit tournament teamed-up with Hafiz Faizal. In July, he competed at the Asian Junior Championships held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, captured two bronze medals in the mixed team and boys' doubles events partnered with Arya Maulana Aldiartama. In August, he won the mixed doubles title at the Tangkas Specs Junior International Challenge with Masita Mahmudin. In October-November, he participated at the World Junior Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Sukamuljo helped Indonesia to win the silver medal in the mixed team event, and later won the mixed doubles silver with Mahmudin, after lost the final match to Chinese pair Huang Kaixiang and Chen Qingchen, where in the previous week, in the semi-finals of team event, the Chinese pair was defeated by Sukamuljo and Mahmudin.
2014–2015: First international title, two Grand Prix title, and SEA Games medalists
Sukamuljo began the 2014 season playing with a new partner, Selvanus Geh, and able to win his first title at the first tournament together with Geh in Vietnam International Challenge beat the Australian pair Robin Middleton and Ross Smith in the final in straight games. At his second month playing tournaments with Geh, he captured his first Grand Prix title at the New Zealand Open, upsetting the second seeds from Chinese Taipei Chen Hung-ling and Lu Chia-pin in rubber games. In June, he competed in Indonesia Open in the men's doubles with Geh and mixed doubles with Greysia Polii. Played from the qualification round in both events, he was stopped in the second round, but in the mixed doubles, he and Polii were able to surprised the competition by beating the defending champions and world number one Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in the first round with the score of 15–21, 21–18, 23–21. At the Chinese Taipei Open, he and Geh beat the fifth seeds Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol in the second round, but later they lost to home pair Chen Hung-ling and Wang Chi-lin in the quarter-finals. In September, he reached his first Grand Prix Gold final, Indonesia Masters with Geh. In the final, they were beaten by the first seeded, Indonesian independent pair Markis Kido and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon in rubber games. Sukamuljo then won his third title with Geh at the Bulgarian International defeating their compatriot Ronald Alexander and Edi Subaktiar in the final. Sukamuljo was also tried pairing with Della Destiara Haris and Maretha Dea Giovani in the mixed doubles, with his best achievements was quarter-finalists in Indonesia and Bulgarian Internationals with Haris. Sukamuljo next joined Indonesia team at the Axiata Cup, however the team lost the final match against Thailand.
In 2015, Sukamuljo was paired with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who he managed to win several championships with, including: Chinese Taipei Master (2015), Malaysia Master (2016), China Open (2016), All England Open (2017), Japan Open (2017 ), BWF World Superseries Finals (2017), Hongkong Open (2017), and India Open (2018). With their achievements, they were granted BWF's Male Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
- BWF Best Male Players of the Year (with Gideon): 2017, 2018
- Indonesian Sport Awards (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon):
|2018||Istora Gelora Bung Karno,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Fajar Alfian
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
|13–21, 21–18, 24–22||Gold|
|2019||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Hiroyuki Endo
Southeast Asian Games
|2015||Singapore Indoor Stadium,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
BWF World Junior Championships
|2013||Hua Mark Indoor Stadium,
|Masita Mahmudin|| Huang Kaixiang
|18–21, 22–20, 21–23||Silver|
Asian Junior Championships
|2013||Likas Indoor Stadium,
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
|Arya Maulana Aldiartama|| Li Junhui
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium,
Gimcheon, South Korea
|Alfian Eko Prasetya|| Wang Chi-lin
BWF World Tour (17 titles, 2 runners-up)
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
BWF Superseries (10 titles, 2 runners-up)
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 levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the World Superseries Finals held at the year end.
BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 2 runners-up)
|2016||Indonesia Masters (1)||Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira|| Han Chengkai
|2016||Malaysia Masters (1)||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Koo Kien Keat
Tan Boon Heong
|18–21, 21–13, 21–18||Champion|
|2015||Chinese Taipei Masters (1)||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Hoon Thien How
Lim Khim Wah
|2015||Chinese Taipei Open||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Fu Haifeng
|2014||Indonesia Masters||Selvanus Geh|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
|17–21, 22–20, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2014||New Zealand Open (1)||Selvanus Geh|| Chen Hung-ling
|15–21, 23–21, 21–11||Champion|
BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|2014||Bulgarian International||Selvanus Geh|| Edi Subaktiar
|2014||Vietnam International||Selvanus Geh|| Robin Middleton
|2011||Singapore International||Lukhi Apri Nugroho|| Agripina Pamungkas
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
- Junior level
|Asian Junior Championships||A||QF||Bronze|
|World Junior Championships||7th||4th||Silver|
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||Gold||N/A||A||N/A||A||N/A|
|Asia Team Championships||N/A||A||N/A||Gold||N/A||Gold|
- Junior level
|Asian Junior Championships||A||Bronze (BD)||Bronze (BD)|
|World Junior Championships||QF (BD)||R3 (BD)
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||Silver||N/A||A||N/A||A|
|BWF World Tour|
|Malaysia Masters||A||W||QF||W (2016, 2019)|
|Indonesia Masters||W||W||W||W (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)|
|All England Open||W||R1||F||W (2017, 2018)|
|India Open||W||A||W (2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Malaysia Open||QF||QF||Q||W (2017)|
|Singapore Open||A||SF||Q||SF (2017, 2019)|
|Indonesia Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|Japan Open||W||W||W (2017, 2018, 2019)|
|Thailand Open||A||QF||SF (2015)|
|China Open||SF||W||W (2016, 2017, 2019)|
|Korea Open||A||QF||F (2017)|
|Denmark Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|French Open||F||W||W (2019)|
|Fuzhou China Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|Hong Kong Open||W||QF||W (2017, 2018)|
|BWF World Tour Finals||ret||SF||W (2017)|
|All England Open||A||QF (MD)
|R1 (MD)||W||W (2017)|
|India Open||A||W (MD)||W||W (2016, 2017)|
|Malaysia Open||A||R1 (MD)||R2 (MD)||W||W (2017)|
|Singapore Open||A||R2 (MD)||QF (MD)||SF||SF (2017)|
|Australian Open||GPG||A||W (MD)||w/d||W (2016)|
|Indonesia Open||Q2||A||R2 (MD)
|R2 (MD)||R2 (MD)||R1||R2 (2014, 2015, 2016)|
|Japan Open||A||R1 (MD)||A||W||W (2017)|
|Korea Open||A||R1 (MD)||A||F||F (2017)|
|Denmark Open||A||QF (MD)||F||F (2017)|
|French Open||A||R2 (MD)||w/d||R2 (2016)|
|China Open||A||W (MD)||W||W (2016, 2017)|
|Hong Kong Open||A||QF (MD)||R1 (MD)||W||W (2017)|
|BWF Superseries Finals||NQ||GS (MD)||W||W (2017)|
|Year-end Ranking||37 (MD)
|BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold|
|Malaysia Masters||A||R1 (MD)||A||W (MD)
|Syed Modi International||A||N/A||A||R2 (MD)||A||R2 (2016)|
|Thailand Masters||N/A||R2 (MD)||A||R2 (2016)|
|Swiss Open||SS||A||SF (MD)||A||SF (2015)|
|China Masters||SS||A||R1 (MD)||A||R1 (2015)|
|New Zealand Open||N/A||IC||A||W (MD)||A||SF (MD)||A||W (2014)|
|Chinese Taipei Open||A||QF (MD)
|F (MD)||A||F (2015)|
|Vietnam Open||A||R2 (MD)
|SF (MD)||A||SF (2015)|
|Thailand Open||N/A||A||N/A||SF (MD)||A||SF (2015)|
|Dutch Open||A||R1 (MD)
|Chinese Taipei Masters||N/A||W (MD)||A||N/A||W (2015)|
|Korea Masters||A||R2 (MD)||A||R2 (2015)|
|Macau Open||A||R2 (MD)||A||R2 (2015)|
|Indonesia Masters||Q2||Q2||R1||R2 (MD)
|QF (MD)||W (MD)||N/A||W (2016)|
|Year-end Ranking||294||218 (MD)
Record against selected opponents
Men's doubles results against World Tour Level 2–4 finalist, World Tour Finals semifinalists, World Superseries finalists, World Superseries Finals semifinalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists paired with:
- Chai Biao & Hong Wei 3–2
- Fu Haifeng & Zhang Nan 1–3
- Fu Haifeng & Zheng Siwei 1–0
- Han Chengkai & Zhou Haodong 4–2
- He Jiting & Tan Qiang 6–1
- Li Junhui & Liu Yuchen 11–2
- Liu Cheng & Zhang Nan 5–2
- Chen Hung-ling & Wang Chi-lin 5–0
- Lee Sheng-mu & Tsai Chia-hsin 3–2
- Kim Astrup & Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 7–1
- Mads Pieler Kolding & Mads Conrad-Petersen 6–2
- Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen 5–4
- Angga Pratama & Ricky Karanda Suwardi 6–0
- Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan 11–2
- Fajar Alfian & Muhammad Rian Ardianto 5–2
- Hiroyuki Endo & Yuta Watanabe 2–6
- Kenichi Hayakawa & Hiroyuki Endo 0–1
- Takuto Inoue & Yuki Kaneko 8–0
- Takeshi Kamura & Keigo Sonoda 11–5
- Kim Gi-jung & Kim Sa-rang 1–0
- Kim Gi-jung & Lee Yong-dae 2–0
- Ko Sung-hyun & Shin Baek-cheol 2–1
- Lee Yong-dae & Yoo Yeon-seong 1–3
- Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong 7–1
- Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong 3–0
- Ong Yew Sin & Teo Ee Yi 4–0
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty 8–0
- Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan Sozonov 6–0
- Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge 4–0
- Bodin Issara & Nipitphon Puangpuapech 1–1
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