Badminton World Championship: Hendra/Ahsan are Indonesia’s champions

Jakarta

2022 Badminton World Championship will be back in August. Indonesia has currently passed 16 representatives, one of which is the champion Hendra/Ahsan.

Who would have thought, The Daddies were not only one of Indonesia’s mainstays in winning the title, but also became the most successful player in the highest badminton championship at the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Hendra has been recorded as a champion four times. Three of them, won with Ahsan. Hendra, who will be 38 years old on August 25, became the world champion for the first time in Kuala Lumpur 2007 with the late Markis Kido.

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They won the title after struggling to beat the South Korean pair, Jung Jae-sung / Lee Yong-dae with a score of 21-19, 21-19. Hendra/Kido then won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships.

The change of partners did not stop Hendra from achieving again at the World Championships. Together with Ahsan, he won their first world title as a pair du Guangzhou in 2013. Hendra/Ahsan confirmed the title after beating the Danish pair 21-13, 23-21.

Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan 2019 world champions (Photo: PBSI PR doc)

They then won the next two years in Jakarta. They beat the Chinese pair, Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan.

Hendra/Ahsan won the World Championship again after four years or when it was held in Basel 2019. The Daddies defeated Japan’s Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in the final with a score of 25-23, 9-21, 21-15.

Before Hendra, Indonesia also had another most successful athlete, Liliyana Natsir. He also pocketed the same number of acquisitions as Hendra, namely 4 titles.

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The badminton legend won the four titles from two different pairs, namely the 2015 World Championship in Anaheim and 2007 in Kuala Lumpur with Nova Widianto. While at the 2013 Guangzhou and 2017 Glasgow World Championships with Tontowi Ahmad.

On World Championship this year, PBSI itself hopes that the title can be won from the men’s doubles sector. Hendra/Ahsan became one of the four representatives who qualified in the championship which will be held in Tokyo, 22-28 August.

If both can win the title again, then for Hendra the title will be his fifth, as well as equaling the records of Lin Dan (China, men’s singles badminton), Park Joo-bong (South Korea, men’s doubles and mixed doubles), and Zhao Yunlei ( China, women’s doubles and mixed doubles) which has won five World Championship titles. Meanwhile, for Ahsan to be the fourth.

(mcy/aff)

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