• Liliyana Natsir & Debby Susanto are retiring from the Indonesian team

    Jakarta: Indonesian duo Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad who have brought Indonesia the mixed doubles gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are about to split-up.Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad receive a heroes' welcome as they arrive home after their victory in Rio Olympics.

    Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad receive a heroes' welcome as they arrive home after their victory in Rio Olympics.

  • Rio 2016: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir win mixed doubles gold

    Rio de Janeiro: Rio Olympic Badminton saw the completion of one of its five medal events on Wednesday. In the Mixed Doubles finals, Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have taken gold against Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

    2016 Rio Olympic Silver medalists (from left), Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, gold medalists, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia and bronze medalists Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China. (photo: AFP)

  • Rio 2016: Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in mixed doubles final

    Rio de Janeiro: After beating Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba of Poland in the quarterfinals with 21-17, 21-10, Malaysian mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying has worked hard to ensure at least a silver medal for Malaysia when they reached the mixed doubles final on Monday.Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

    Best of luck to Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying in the Olympic final. (photo: AFP)

  • Indonesia targets 2 golds at Rio Olympics

    Jakarta: Despite all the obstacles ahead of them, Achmad Budiharto, Deputy Secretary General of The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) believed Indonesian shuttlers could overcome challenges in Rio to bring home two gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - one from Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan in men's doubles, and another one is from Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in mixed doubles.Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan are one of Indonesia's hope of winning an Olympic gold medal in Rio. (photo: AFP)

    Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan are one of Indonesia's hope of winning an Olympic gold medal in Rio. (photo: AFP)

  • Tommy Sugiarto heads 2016 Indonesia Olympic team

    Jakarta: World No. 8 Indonesian shuttler Tommy Sugiarto will get to play at the highest level of international badminton championships this August when he was listed as one of the 10 Indonesian badminton players who will take part in the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

    Tommy Sugiarto needs to work on his stamina, strength, speed and agility in order to have better result in Rio.

  • Ratchanok Intanon, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir win Malaysia Open

    Kuala Lumpur: Thailand shuttler Ratchanok Intanon who became the youngest women’s singles World Champion ever after she won the Championships in 2013 at the age of 18, has had a strong season so far. She clinched the Thailand Masters 2016 title in February, won last week's India Open and she was in fantastic form to outlast Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in straight-sets to lift the Malaysia Open crown on Sunday.Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after winning the Malaysia Open title. (photo: GettyImages)

    Ratchanok Intanon celebrates after winning the Malaysia Open title. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Imogen Bankier of Scotland calls it quits

    Scotland: Scottish doubles specialist Imogen Bankier has retired from international badminton, admitting lack of motivation convinced her the time was right to call it quits.

    The 28-year-old was Scotland's most successful badminton player, and one of only four British players to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, playing mixed doubles alongside Chris Adcock. Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock defeated Tantowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir in the semi-finals of 2011 World Championships.

    Imogen Bankier and Chris Adcock defeated Tantowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir in the semi-finals of 2011 World Championships.

     

  • Tommy Sugiarto beats Kidambi Srikanth in hard-fought Indonesian Masters final

    Malang: Tommy Sugiarto survived a close call in in the Indonesian Masters men's final, needing three sets on Sunday to hold off Indian No. 1 seed Kidambi Srikanth 17-21, 21-13, 24-22 in 59 minutes.Tommy Sugiarto could move up to world's top 10 after his Indonesian Masters victory.

    Tommy Sugiarto could move up to world's top 10 after his Indonesian Masters victory.

  • French Open: Chong Wei Feng advances, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying & Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir exit

    Paris: Both Chong Wei Feng and Tee Jing Yee of Malaysia have breezed into the French Open main draw on Tuesday while two mixed doubles pairs Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying and Wong Fai Yin/Chow Mei Kuan were disappointed with first-round exits.Hope Chong Wei Feng can go one step further at French Open.

    Hope Chong Wei Feng can go one step further at French Open.

  • Historic ranking milestone for Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan

    Kuala Lumpur: It's getting hard to keep track of all the mixed doubles titles Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan have piled up. In addition to their consistently top results in mixed doubles, the pair reached another milestone as they've earned 102,935 ranking points in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday, 20,223 points more than Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia who were ranked world No. 2. Xu Chen/Ma Jin, Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin, and Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen occupied the No.3, No. 4 and No. 5 place in mixed doubles respectively.Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

    Zhang Nan (left) and Zhao Yunlei are the world's best mixed doubles badminton players.

  • Indonesia's mixed doubles could spring surprise in the 2015 World Championships

    Jakarta: Mixed doubles coach of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI), Richard Mainaky hoped young mixed doubles pairs from Indonesia could put up breakout performances at this year's world championships, which will be held in Jakarta from August 10 to August 16.Good luck to Tontowi Ahmad (left) and Lilyana Natsir at the World Championships.

    Good luck to Tontowi Ahmad (left) and Lilyana Natsir at the World Championships.

  • Rexy tells Indonesian shuttlers to embrace the pressure as host nation for World Championships

    Jakarta: Head of Development and Performance for Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) - Rexy Mainaky urged Indonesia's badminton players to make the most of the pressure and expectation that comes with hosting the game's biggest event - the 2015 World Championships this August in Jakarta.

    After leaving the 2014 World Championships empty handed, Indonesia hopes to achieve better results in Jakarta this year.The 2013 World Champions - Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan & Tontowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir. (photo: PBSI)

    The 2013 World Champions - Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan & Tontowi Ahmad/Lilyana Natsir. (photo: PBSI)

  • Indonesia eyeing two titles at 2015 World Championships

    Jakarta: While Indonesia is experiencing a major bottleneck in nurturing young and talented badminton players, as the host nation of this year's Badminton World Championships, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) is, yet again, to rely heavily on Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan and Tontowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir to triumph in men's doubles and mixed doubles in the world meet.Mohammad Ahsan (left) and Hendra-Setiawan (right) don't look happy in the Sudirman Cup award ceremonies. (photo: PBSI)

    Mohammad Ahsan (left) and Hendra-Setiawan (right) don't look happy in the Sudirman Cup award ceremonies. (photo: PBSI)

  • Indonesia aims two golds at Asian Games

    Incheon: Indonesia is targeting two gold medals from its men's and mixed doubles pair at the 17th Asian Games starting Friday in the South Korean city of Incheon.Two Indonesia singles players wrap up their training at Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon

    Two Indonesia singles players wrap up their training at Gyeyang Gymnasium, Incheon

  • Simon Santoso and Ahsan-Setiawan to miss World Champs

    Jakarta: After Indonesia's defending mixed doubles pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, withdrew from the 2014 World Championships few weeks ago due to Ahmad's ankle injury, Indonesia have suffered yet another major blow to its World Championships roster when they announced on Tuesday that Simon Santoso and defending men's doubles world champion Hendra Setiawan/ Mohammad Ahsan have also pulled out from the world meet that will take place in Copenhagen, from August 25 to August 31.Simon Santoso, Mohammad Ahsan, Hendra Setiawan, Liliyana Natsir dan Tontowi Ahmad have pulled out from World Championships (from left)

    Simon Santoso, Mohammad Ahsan, Hendra Setiawan, Liliyana Natsir dan Tontowi Ahmad have pulled out from World Championships (from left)

  • Tontowi Ahmad ties the knot

    Jakarta: Indonesia’s top mixed-doubles badminton player, Tontowi Ahmad, married his girlfriend, Michelle Harminc, in Pondok Kelapa, East Jakarta on Saturday. The couple, who has been dating for two and a half year, has previously held an engagement party on May 25, 2014.Congratulations Tontowi Ahmad and his wife Michelle Harminc

    Congratulations Tontowi Ahmad and his wife Michelle Harminc

    The 27-year-old shuttler, who won the 2013 World Championships mixed-doubles title with Liliyana Natsir, recently withdrew from the 2014 World Championships due to a leg injury sustained during the 2014 Australian Open in June.

  • Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir pulls out of World Champs

    Jakarta: Indonesia's top mixed doubles pair, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir has decided to withdraw from the 2014 World Championships that will take place from August 25 to 31 in Copenhagen, Denmark.Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir are not going to defend World Championships title

    Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir are not going to defend World Championships title

  • Nielsen-Pedersen hoping for better luck this time (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark are the in-form pair right now.

    They won the Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur last year before returning to Malaysia in January, where they made the final of the Malaysian Open – losing to China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

    Nevertheless, Nielsen-Pedersen have consistently beaten the top Chinese pairs and Indonesia’s reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

    But the All-England is one tournament where the Danes have generally never done well – losing in the first round last year and only making the quarter-finals in 2011 and 2012.

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