• Tommy Sugiarto wants to become World Champion

    Copenhagen: Indonesian men's singles shuttler - Tommy Sugiarto is hoping to repeat what his dad had accomplished 31 years ago by winning the World Champion in in Copenhagen.

    Icuk Sugiarto - Tommy's dad, who was crowned men’s singles world champion in 1983, when the World Championships was also held in Copenhagen, Denmark.Like father, like son, both Tommy (left) and Icuk are top badminton players in the world

    Like father, like son, both Tommy (left) and Icuk are top badminton players in the world

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei prevails on day full of upsets

    Tokyo: On a day full of upsets in Japan Open quarter finals, world number one Lee Chong Wei managed to avoid an upset bid from Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia by closing it out 21-15, 12-21, 21-17 in 62-minute. Chong Wei will set up a mouth-watering clash with Kenichi Tago who is on a revenge mission, having whitewashed by Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup final last month.Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    Jan O Jorgensen waves to the crowd after defeating Lin Dan 19-21, 21-13, 16-21 in the quarter final of Japan Open

    On the other hand, luck was not on China's side in the quarter final of Japan Open, where two time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was toppled by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 19-21, 21-13, 16-21; and Chen Long was crushed by Hu Yun of Hong Kong 18-21, 21-19, 15-21.

  • Thomas Cup: Indonesia beat Thailand 4-1 to top Group A

    New Delhi: In the Group A clash between Indonesia and Thailand yesterday, Indonesia's fans has nothing to worry about even when Tommy Sugiarto lost the first singles to Boonsak Ponsana in 21-14,13-21, 17-21 in 66 minutes. This showed how strong the Indonesia lineup was compare to the Thailand team.Playing Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan would almost guaranteed a point for Indonesia

    Playing Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan would almost guaranteed a point for Indonesia

    After trailing by as many as a 10 points in the rubber game, Tommy Sugiarto was able to storm back to tie the game at 17-17 before losing to Boonsak.

  • Thomas Cup: Tommy Sugiarto shrugs off slow start to win in opener

    New Delhi: After a three-month rest due to ankle injury, Tommy Sugiarto led Indonesia to a 5-0 win over Singapore. Derek Wong of Singapore was able to the only went the distance by forcing a rubber game before losing 11-21, 21-17, 15-21 in 54 minutes against Tommy Sugiarto.People generally have high expectations of Tommy because he is the son of former badminton world champion Icuk Sugiarto

    People generally have high expectations of Tommy because he is the son of former badminton world champion Icuk Sugiarto

    It was not an easy first point for Tommy. ”I have not played in competitive tournament for a while due to my ankle injury. I didn't even join the team's centralize camp prior to Thomas Cup."

  • All England - Sugiarto crashes out at first hurdle (pic)

    Tommy Sugiarto, winner of the Singapore Open last year and finalist at last month's Malaysian Open, was sent crashing out by a qualifier in the first round at the All England Open on Wednesday.

    BIRMINGHAM: Tommy Sugiarto, winner of the Singapore Open last year and finalist at last month's Malaysian Open, was sent crashing out by a qualifier in the first round at the All England Open on Wednesday.

    The world number three from Indonesia twice appeared to have turned the match around, and was foiled only in the last few points by Gao Huan, an impressively resilient Chinese player.Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia during the men's singles semi final at the BWF badminton World Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur in December 2013.

    The 24-year-old from Liaoning won 21-13, 10-21, 21-18, making good use of his familiarity with the conditions from his two matches in the qualifying competition to squeeze out the best win of his career.

  • A long dry spell ahead if Chong Wei retires (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: For a decade, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has feasted Malaysian fans with outstanding badminton results.

    Fans can now expect a dry season for a long time in the men’s singles department if Chong Wei retires because there are neither talents coming through nor an effective programme implemented at the grassroots level. It seems BAM are no closer to finding the successor to Lee Chong Wei who said he may retire from the game after the Asian Games in October, after winning his 10th Malaysian Open badminton championship on Sunday.

    On Sunday, Chong Wei defeated Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the men’s singles final of the Maybank Malaysian Open to win his 10th home title - a feat that no others have achieved on the international circuit.

    The two closest consistent winners on the international stage were eight-time All England champion Rudy Hartono and the late Wong Peng Soon, who had also won eight home titles.

  • Perfect 10 is on for Chong Wei (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is just one step away from winning his 10th Malaysian Open title but hang on! The man he was least expected to meet – Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto – could spoil his party.

    Chong Wei and Tommy won their semi-final matches in contrasting fashion at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday to set up an intriguing men’s singles final on Sunday.Lee Chong Wei consoles his semi-final opponent from Denmark Jan O Jorgensen after latter retired injured from their match at Putra Stadium on Saturday.

    Chong Wei stepped onto the court bracing for a gigantic fight from Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. Instead, his opponent gave up halfway due to a muscle strain on his right thigh.

    Chong Wei won 21-13, 3-0 in 27 minutes.

  • Tommy dreams of winning title in front of dad (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: The thought of playing in front of your parents can be emotional and nerve-racking for any athlete, more so if your dad is a former world champion.

    No wonder Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, son of 1983 men’s singles world champion Icuk Sugiarto, seldom plays competitively in front of his father.Tommy Sugiarto on his way to defeating India’s K. Srikanth 21-10, 21-15 on Jan 17, 2014. He will meet Japan's Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    Icuk, who was also a member of the 1984 Thomas Cup winning team, was rated among the world’s best when he dominated the badminton scene in the 1980’s.

    “In my family, my father has the biggest influence on my games. But seeing him before my game makes me nervous... I don’t know why. That’s why he hardly turns up for my matches,” said Tommy.

  • Tago in high spirits after Korean Open (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: World No. 5 Kenichi Tago of Japan believes that he is his greatest enemy.

    The industrious yet stylish Tago came close to winning his first Super Series title last year but fell in the final of the French Open to Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen.

    The Chiba native’s confidence took a blow and he ended the year on a low – twice losing to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto and failing to make the final of the Super Series Finals last month.Kenichi Tago: 'My goal this year, though, is to be the top of the others closing in, and to get closer to Chen Long’s level first.'

    But after exacting revenge on world No. 3 Jorgensen in the quarter-finals of the Korean Open last week, Tago believes that the morale boosting semi-final finish is a good start to the year.

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