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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.[3] He is from PB Djarum, a badminton club in Kudus, Central Java and has been a member of the club since 2007.[4] He won the 2017 All England Open Superseries Premier with his current partner, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.[5] 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.[6][7] Currently, he won eight BWF World Tour titles in 2019.

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo at 2019 Fuzhou China Open.jpg
Sukamuljo at the 2019 Fuzhou China Open
Personal information
Birth nameKevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Born (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 24)
Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachHerry Iman Pierngadi
Aryono Miranat
Men's doubles
Career record294 wins, 77 losses[1]
Career title(s)32
Highest ranking1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon) (16 March 2017[2])
Current ranking1 (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon) (5 November 2019)
BWF profile

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.[8][9] 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.

Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon defending the title at the 2018 All England Open badminton championship – the oldest tournament in Badminton – in Birmingham, England

CareerEdit

Sukamuljo is the nephew of former world number 1 men's doubles player, Alvent Yulianto Chandra.[10]. 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.

AwardsEdit

  • BWF Best Male Players of the Year (with Gideon): 2017,[6] 2018[7]
  • Indonesian Sport Awards (with Marcus Fernaldi Gideon):
    • Favorite Male Duo: 2018[11]
    • Athlete of the Year: 2018[12]

AchievementsEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Fajar Alfian
  Muhammad Rian Ardianto
13–21, 21–18, 24–22   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Hiroyuki Endo
  Yuta Watanabe
18–21, 3–21   Silver

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Singapore Indoor Stadium,
Singapore
  Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Angga Pratama
  Ricky Karanda Suwardi
12–21, 22–24   Silver

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Hua Mark Indoor Stadium,
Bangkok, Thailand
  Masita Mahmudin   Huang Kaixiang
  Chen Qingchen
18–21, 22–20, 21–23   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Likas Indoor Stadium,
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  Arya Maulana Aldiartama   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
16–21, 12–21   Bronze
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium,
Gimcheon, South Korea
  Alfian Eko Prasetya   Wang Chi-lin
  Wu Hsiao-lin
20–22, 13–21   Bronze

BWF World Tour (16 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[13] 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.[14]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Fuzhou China Open (2) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–17, 21–9   Champion
2019 French Open (1) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
  Chirag Shetty
21–18, 21–16   Champion
2019 Denmark Open (2) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
21–14, 21–13   Champion
2019 China Open (3) Super 1000   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
21–18, 17–21, 21–15   Champion
2019 Japan Open (3) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
21–18, 23–21   Champion
2019 Indonesia Open (2) Super 1000   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
21–19, 21–16   Champion
2019 Indonesia Masters (3) Super 500   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
21–17, 21–11   Champion
2019 Malaysia Masters (2) Super 500   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Ong Yew Sin
  Teo Ee Yi
21–15, 21–16   Champion
2018 Hong Kong Open (2) Super 500   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–13, 21–12   Champion
2018 Fuzhou China Open (1) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   He Jiting
  Tan Qiang
25–27, 21–17, 21–15   Champion
2018 French Open Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Han Chengkai
  Zhou Haodong
21–23, 21–8, 17–21   Runner-up
2018 Denmark Open (1) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–15, 21–16   Champion
2018 Japan Open (2) Super 750   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
21–11, 21–13   Champion
2018 Indonesia Open (1) Super 1000   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Takuto Inoue
  Yuki Kaneko
21–13, 21–16   Champion
2018 All England Open (2) Super 1000   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–18, 21–17   Champion
2018 India Open (3) Super 500   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Kim Astrup
  Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
21–14, 21–16   Champion
2018 Indonesia Masters (2) Super 500   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
11–21, 21–10, 21–16   Champion

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.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 World Superseries Finals (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Liu Cheng
  Zhang Nan
21–16, 21–15   Champion
2017 Hong Kong Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Mads Pieler Kolding
21–12, 21–18   Champion
2017 China Open (2)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–19, 21–11   Champion
2017 Denmark Open   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Liu Cheng
  Zhang Nan
16–21, 24–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2017 Japan Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Takuto Inoue
  Yuki Kaneko
21–12, 21–15   Champion
2017 Korea Open   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
19–21, 21–19, 15–21   Runner-up
2017 Malaysia Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Fu Haifeng
  Zheng Siwei
21–14, 14–21, 21–12   Champion
2017 India Open (2)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Angga Pratama
  Ricky Karanda Suwardi
21–11, 21–15   Champion
2017 All England Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
21–19, 21–14   Champion
2016 China Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–18, 22–20   Champion
2016 Australian Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Angga Pratama
  Ricky Karanda Suwardi
21–14, 21–15   Champion
2016 India Open (1)   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Angga Pratama
  Ricky Karanda Suwardi
21–17, 21–13   Champion
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Indonesia Masters (1)   Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira   Han Chengkai
  Zhou Haodong
21–16, 21–18   Champion
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
21–12, 21–8   Champion
2015 Chinese Taipei Open   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon   Fu Haifeng
  Zhang Nan
13–21, 8–21   Runner-up
2014 Indonesia Masters   Selvanus Geh   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Markis Kido
17–21, 22–20, 14–21   Runner-up
2014 New Zealand Open (1)   Selvanus Geh   Chen Hung-ling
  Lu Chia-bin
15–21, 23–21, 21–11   Champion
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Bulgarian International   Selvanus Geh   Edi Subaktiar
  Ronald Alexander
21–19, 21–13   Champion
2014 Vietnam International   Selvanus Geh   Robin Middleton
  Ross Smith
21–14, 21–13   Champion
2011 Singapore International   Lukhi Apri Nugroho   Agripina Pamungkas
  Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
17–21, 9–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timelineEdit

Indonesian teamEdit

  • Junior level
Team Events 2012 2013
Asian Junior Championships QF   Bronze
World Junior Championships 4th   Silver
  • Senior level
Team Events 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Southeast Asian Games   Gold N/A A N/A
Asian Games N/A   Silver N/A
Asian Championships N/A A N/A   Gold N/A
Thomas Cup N/A   Silver N/A   Bronze N/A
Sudirman Cup   Bronze N/A GS N/A   Bronze

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Junior level
Event 2012 2013
Asian Junior Championships   Bronze   Bronze
Event 2012 2013
World Junior Championships R3 (BD)
R4 (XD)
QF (BD)
  Silver (XD)
  • Senior level
Event 2016 2019
Asian Championships QF   Silver
Event 2015
Southeast Asian Games   Silver
Event 2018
Asian Games   Gold
Event 2017 2018 2019
World Championships QF QF R2
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
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)
Year-end Ranking[15] 1
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Superseries
  All England Open A QF (MD)
R2 (XD)
R1 W W (2017)
  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 (XD)
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)
183 (XD)
16 (MD)
238 (XD)
2 (MD)
316 (XD)
1
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold
  Malaysia Masters A R1 A W (MD)
R2 (XD)
A W (2016)
  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)
R1 (XD)
F A F (2015)
  Vietnam Open A R2 (MD)
R2 (XD)
SF A SF (2015)
  Thailand Open A N/A SF A SF (2015)
  Dutch Open A R1 (MD)
R1 (XD)
A R1 (2014)
  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)
R1 (XD)
F (MD)
R2 (XD)
QF W N/A W (2016)
Year-end Ranking 294 (MD) 218 (MD)
536 (XD)
37 (MD)
183 (XD)
16 (MD)
238 (XD)
2 (MD)
316 (XD)
1
Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best

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:[16]

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Selvanus Geh

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "BWF WORLD RANKINGS - WEEK 11 (2017-03-16)". BWF. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Pemain: Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo" (in Indonesian). Badminton Association of Indonesia. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Cerita Masa Kecil Kevin/Marcus, Juara Ganda Putra All England" (in Indonesian). Jawa Pos. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Kevin, Marcus new All England champions from Indonesia". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Gideon & Sukamuljo Win Top Honour". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Year-End Honours for Minions, Huang Yaqiong". Badminton World Federation. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Sejarah Lahirnya Julukan Minions untuk Kevin/Marcus" (in Indonesian). CNN Indonesia. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Asal Mula Julukan "Minions" Marcus/Kevin, Pemegang Rekor Superseries" (in Indonesian). Kompas. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Kevin Inginkan yang Terbaik" (in Indonesian). Kompas. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Inilah Daftar Terfavorit Indonesian Sport Awards 2018" (in Indonesian). Detik. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Yang Terbaik di Indonesian Sport Awards 2018" (in Indonesian). Detik. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  13. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  15. ^ "BWF World Rankings". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 3 December 2015.

External linksEdit