Hendri Saputra

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Hendri Kurniawan Saputra (born 12 May 1981) is a retired Indonesian-born Singaporean badminton player.[1]

Hendri Saputra
Personal information
Birth nameHendri Kurniawan Saputra
Country Singapore
Born (1981-05-12) 12 May 1981 (age 38)
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
HandednessRight
Highest ranking39
Current ranking894 (21 February 2013)
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Saputra and his brother, Hendra Wijaya, joined the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) in 2000 and both became Singapore citizens after five years.[2] He won a silver medal, along with his brother and also partner, Hendra Wijaya, in the men's doubles, and bronze with Li Yujia in the mixed doubles at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.[3]

Saputra represented Singapore at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, where he competed in the mixed doubles. Playing with Li Yujia, he defeated Kenya's Victor Odera and Irene Kerimah, Canada's Mike Beres and Valerie Loker, and Australia's Travis Denney and Kate Wilson-Smith in the preliminary rounds, before losing out the semi-final match to English pair Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, with a score of 21–19, 14–21, and 17–21.[4][5] Despite their semi-final loss, Saputra and Li managed to beat the neighbouring Malaysian duo Koo Kien Keat and Wong Pei Tty for the bronze medal victory, attaining a three-set score of 21–14, 21–23, and 21–6.[6][7]

Saputra also qualified for the mixed doubles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by placing thirteenth and granting an entry as one of the top 15 seeded teams from the Badminton World Federation's ranking list. Playing with Li Yujia for the second time, Saputra lost the preliminary round match to Danish pair and European champions Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, with a score of 12–21 and 14–21.[8][9]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Saputra reunited his partner Hendra Wijaya in the men's doubles. The Singaporean pair defeated Northern Ireland's Matthew Gleave and Tony Stephenson, Isle of Man's Joshua Green and Matthew Wilkinson, and Scotland's Watson Briggs and Paul van Rietvelde in the preliminary rounds, before losing out the semi-final match to Malaysian duo Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat, with a unanimous score of 11–21 and 8–21.[10][11] Saputra and Wijaya proceeded to the bronze medal match, where they defeated fellow Singaporean badminton players Derek Wong and Chayut Triyachart for the medal, attaining a score of 23–21 and 21–12.[12][13] Shortly after his second Commonwealth Games, Saputra and his brother, Hendra Wijaya, announced their resignations from the Singapore national badminton team, citing difficult targets and no positions in the SBA as sparring partners.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hendri Saputra". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Badminton: Hendri and Hendra quit, say SBA targets too tough". Channel News Asia. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Mamiit beats Danai to win SEA Games gold". Hindustan Times. 14 December 2007. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Saputra/Li – Badminton Open". Melbourne 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  5. ^ Middleton, Claire (25 March 2006). "Commonwealth Games: Expectations are high for Robertson and Emms". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Battles for Badminton bronze". Melbourne 2006. 25 March 2006. Archived from the original on 10 October 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Badminton: Mixed doubles". BBC Sport. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Mixed Doubles Round of 16". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  9. ^ Koh, Mark (14 August 2008). "Action continues: Badminton". Singapore Sports. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: Robertson and Wallwork win". BBC Sport. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Badminton – Men's Doubles (Semifinals)". Delhi 2010. Sydney Morning Herald. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Badminton – Men's Doubles (Bronze Medal)". Delhi 2010. Sydney Morning Herald. 12 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Two medals and muddle for Singapore". Emirates 24/7. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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