• 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.

  • Indonesia honours Ahsan, Hendra with MVP award (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: All-Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) knows how to motivate their national badminton players to keep winning honours for their country.

    On Saturday, PBSI honoured reigning men’s doubles world champions Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan with the Most Valuable Players (MVP) award, which came with a 1bil rupiah (RM273,866) reward in a special ceremony during the Indonesia Super League (ISL) in Surabaya.Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan on their way to winning the BWF World Superseries Finals in December. Last year, they also won the Malaysian Open, Indonesian Open, Singapore Open and Japan Open.

    PBSI chairman Gita Wirjawan is quoted by the Jakarta Post saying: ”They (Ahsan and Hendra) are models for all of us. Anyone can become a champion. In 2012, they were ranked 50th in the world. After winning the world title (in Guangzhou last August), they are now the world No. 1 pair.”

  • Markis Kido an inspiration for younger players (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Doubles specialist Markis Kido’s fearless attitude on and off the court is an inspiration to rising Indonesian pair Angga Pratama-Rian Agung Saputra.

    Markis has proven that, despite the odds, anything is possible if one puts his heart and mind to achieving success. And Indonesians know what Markis has gone through – battling health problems and also a tiff with the national badminton body – to reach the top.A file picture of Markis Kido (left). He now partners Gideon Markus Fernaldi in the men's doubles.

    And Angga and Rian will be drawing inspiration from Markis’ achievements to defy the odds in search of glory in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open.

    Markis, who partnered Hendra Setiawan to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2007 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, has certainly gone through many ups and downs in his career.

  • Malaysian Open badminton championship - Top Indo pair’s back for more (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: The Malaysian Open will always be memorable for reigning men’s doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahsan of Indonesia.

    It was here a year ago that their new partnership took flight as the unseeded pair won the men’s doubles title in their first tournament together at the Putra Stadium.

    And they haven’t looked back, since.World champion men's doubles pair, Mohd Ahsan (2nd right) and Hendra Setiawan (right) warm down after a training session for the Malaysian Open badminton championship beginning on Wednesday at Bukit Jalil.

    World champion men's doubles pair, Mohd Ahsan (2nd right) and Hendra Setiawan (right) warm down after a training session for the Malaysian Open badminton championship beginning on Wednesday at Bukit Jalil.

    The duo went on to win three Super Series titles in Indonesia, Singapore and Japan and also came out tops in two world events – the World Championships in Guangzhou and the BWF World Super Series in Kuala Lumpur.

    The world No. 1 are now back for more.

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