Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (born 2 August 1995) is an Indonesian professional badminton player currently ranked world No. 1 in the men's doubles by the Badminton World Federation. He is from PB Djarum, a badminton club in Kudus, Central Java and has been a member of the club since 2007. He won the 2017 All England Open Superseries Premier with his current partner, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. He and Gideon were awarded the BWF Best Male Players of the Year for two years in a row after collected seven Superseries titles in 2017 and eight World Tour titles in 2018. Currently, he won eight BWF World Tour titles in 2019.
|Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|
Sukamuljo at the 2019 Fuzhou China Open
|Birth name||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo|
|Born||2 August 1995|
Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Coach||Herry Iman Pierngadi|
|Career record||294 wins, 77 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon) (16 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon) (5 November 2019)|
Sukamuljo and Gideon often referred as "The Minions" because of their height below average badminton players and they are also known for their playing style that is fast and very agile as if bouncing here and there just like Minions in the film Despicable Me, which is often jumping up and down. BWF commentator, Gillian Clark stated that he is one of the fastest player in the badminton world because of his unexpected shots and his ability to know where the next shot will be played.
- 1 Career
- 2 Awards
- 3 Achievements
- 3.1 Asian Games
- 3.2 Asian Championships
- 3.3 Southeast Asian Games
- 3.4 BWF World Junior Championships
- 3.5 Asian Junior Championships
- 3.6 BWF World Tour (16 titles, 1 runner-up)
- 3.7 BWF Superseries (10 titles, 2 runners-up)
- 3.8 BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 2 runners-up)
- 3.9 BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
- 4 Performance timeline
- 5 Record against selected opponents
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Sukamuljo is the nephew of former world number 1 men's doubles player, Alvent Yulianto Chandra.. His journey to become a Badminton athlete was not easy. He had to work hard to reach his dream. Sukamuljo had failed PB Djarum's general auditions in 2006. However, he refused to give up, and had begun training everyday, instead of his usual 4 days a week routine. With these additional hours, he finally managed to pass the audition at PB Djarum in 2007.
After joining PB Djarum, Sukamuljo went through defeat after defeat. However, with a high fighting spirit, he showed his brilliance through numerous achievements and was finally elected to Pelatnas Cipayung. At first, Sukamuljo played in the Men's Singles discipline. However, he was then turned to the doubles disciplines, experimenting with Both the Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Initially, he didn't agree with playing Doubles. Nonetheless, he continued practice in the Doubles disciplines.
Over time, Sukamuljo felt comfortable with the Doubles style of play, and became a Doubles specialist. In 2012, Sukamuljo was paired with Alfian Eko Prasetyo and won a bronze medal in the Men's Doubles discipline at the Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Korea. In 2013, he was paired with Masita Mahmudin in Mixed Doubles and won a silver medal at the BWF World Junior Championships. The following year (2014), Sukamuljo changed partners yet again, this time being paired with Selvanus Geh, in which the pair succeeded in winning the championship at the New Zealand Open. In 2015, Sukamuljo was paired with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who he managed to win several championships with, including: Chinese Taipei Master (2015), Malaysia Master (2016), China Open (2016), All England Open (2017), Japan Open (2017 ), BWF World Superseries Finals (2017), Hongkong Open (2017), and India Open (2018). With their achievements, they were granted BWF's Male Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
|2018||Istora Gelora Bung Karno,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Fajar Alfian
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
|13–21, 21–18, 24–22||Gold|
|2019||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Hiroyuki Endo
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|2015||Singapore Indoor Stadium,
|Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Angga Pratama
Ricky Karanda Suwardi
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2013||Hua Mark Indoor Stadium,
|Masita Mahmudin|| Huang Kaixiang
|18–21, 22–20, 21–23||Silver|
Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2013||Likas Indoor Stadium,
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
|Arya Maulana Aldiartama|| Li Junhui
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium,
Gimcheon, South Korea
|Alfian Eko Prasetya|| Wang Chi-lin
BWF World Tour (16 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
BWF Superseries (10 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the World Superseries Finals held at the year end.
BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|2016||Indonesia Masters (1)||Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira|| Han Chengkai
|2016||Malaysia Masters (1)||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Koo Kien Keat
Tan Boon Heong
|18–21, 21–13, 21–18||Champion|
|2015||Chinese Taipei Masters (1)||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Hoon Thien How
Lim Khim Wah
|2015||Chinese Taipei Open||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon|| Fu Haifeng
|2014||Indonesia Masters||Selvanus Geh|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
|17–21, 22–20, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2014||New Zealand Open (1)||Selvanus Geh|| Chen Hung-ling
|15–21, 23–21, 21–11||Champion|
BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2014||Bulgarian International||Selvanus Geh|| Edi Subaktiar
|2014||Vietnam International||Selvanus Geh|| Robin Middleton
|2011||Singapore International||Lukhi Apri Nugroho|| Agripina Pamungkas
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
- Junior level
|Asian Junior Championships||QF||Bronze|
|World Junior Championships||4th||Silver|
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||Gold||N/A||A||N/A|
- Junior level
|Asian Junior Championships||Bronze||Bronze|
|World Junior Championships||R3 (BD)
- Senior level
|Southeast Asian Games||Silver|
|BWF World Tour|
|Malaysia Masters||A||W||W (2016, 2019)|
|Indonesian Masters||W||W||W (2016, 2018, 2019)|
|All England Open||W||R1||W (2017, 2018)|
|India Open||W||A||W (2016, 2017, 2018)|
|Malaysia Open||QF||QF||W (2017)|
|Singapore Open||A||SF||SF (2017, 2019)|
|Indonesia Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|Japan Open||W||W||W (2017, 2018, 2019)|
|Thailand Open||A||QF||SF (2015)|
|China Open||SF||W||W (2016, 2017, 2019)|
|Korea Open||A||QF||F (2017)|
|Denmark Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|French Open||F||W||W (2019)|
|Fuzhou China Open||W||W||W (2018, 2019)|
|Hong Kong Open||W||Report||W (2017, 2018)|
|BWF World Tour Finals||R2||Report||W (2017)|
|All England Open||A||QF (MD)
|India Open||A||W||W||W (2016, 2017)|
|Malaysia Open||A||R1||R2||W||W (2017)|
|Singapore Open||A||R2||QF||SF||SF (2017)|
|Australian Open||A||W||w/o||W (2016)|
|Indonesia Open||R2 (MD)
|R2||R2||R1||R2 (2014, 2015, 2016)|
|Japan Open||A||R1||A||W||W (2017)|
|Korea Open||A||R1||A||F||F (2017)|
|Denmark Open||A||QF||F||F (2017)|
|French Open||A||R2||w/o||R2 (2016)|
|China Open||A||W||W||W (2016, 2017)|
|Hong Kong Open||A||QF||R1||W||W (2017)|
|BWF Superseries Finals||NQ||GS||W||W (2017)|
|Year-end Ranking||37 (MD)
|BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold|
|Malaysia Masters||A||R1||A||W (MD)
|Syed Modi International||A||N/A||A||R2||A||R2 (2016)|
|Thailand Masters||N/A||R2||A||R2 (2016)|
|Swiss Open||A||SF||A||A||SF (2015)|
|China Masters||SS||A||R1||A||R1 (2015)|
|New Zealand Open||A||W||A||SF||A||W (2014)|
|Chinese Taipei Open||A||QF (MD)
|Vietnam Open||A||R2 (MD)
|Thailand Open||A||N/A||SF||A||SF (2015)|
|Dutch Open||A||R1 (MD)
|Chinese Taipei Masters||N/A||W||A||N/A||W (2015)|
|Korea Masters||A||R2||A||R2 (2015)|
|Macau Open||A||R2||A||R2 (2015)|
|Indonesian Masters||R1||R2 (MD)
|Year-end Ranking||294 (MD)||218 (MD)
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Men's doubles results against World Tour Level 2–4 finalist, World Tour Finals semifinalists, World Superseries finalists, World Superseries Finals semifinalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists paired with:
- Chai Biao & Hong Wei 3–2
- Fu Haifeng & Zhang Nan 1–3
- Fu Haifeng & Zheng Siwei 1–0
- Han Chengkai & Zhou Haodong 4–2
- He Jiting & Tan Qiang 6–1
- Li Junhui & Liu Yuchen 10–2
- Liu Cheng & Zhang Nan 5–2
- Chen Hung-ling & Wang Chi-lin 5–0
- Lee Sheng-mu & Tsai Chia-hsin 3–2
- Kim Astrup & Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 7–1
- Mads Pieler Kolding & Mads Conrad-Petersen 6–2
- Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen 5–4
- Angga Pratama & Ricky Karanda Suwardi 6–0
- Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan 10–2
- Fajar Alfian & Muhammad Rian Ardianto 5–2
- Hiroyuki Endo & Yuta Watanabe 2–2
- Kenichi Hayakawa & Hiroyuki Endo 0–1
- Takuto Inoue & Yuki Kaneko 8–0
- Takeshi Kamura & Keigo Sonoda 10–5
- Kim Gi-jung & Kim Sa-rang 1–0
- Kim Gi-jung & Lee Yong-dae 2–0
- Ko Sung-hyun & Shin Baek-cheol 2–1
- Lee Yong-dae & Yoo Yeon-seong 1–3
- Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong 7–1
- Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong 3–0
- Ong Yew Sin & Teo Ee Yi 4–0
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty 8–0
- Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan Sozonov 6–0
- Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge 4–0
- Bodin Issara & Nipitphon Puangpuapech 1–1
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