Maria Kristin Yulianti

Maria Kristin Yulianti (born June 25, 1985) is a badminton player from Indonesia. She won a bronze medal in women's singles at the 2008 Olympics.[1]

Maria Kristin Yulianti
Maria Kristin Yulianti 2010.jpg
Maria Kristin Yulianti in 2010
Personal information
Country Indonesia
Born (1985-06-25) June 25, 1985 (age 35)
Tuban, East Java, Indonesia[1]
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
CoachMarleve Mainaky
Women's singles
Highest ranking11
BWF profile



Yulianti played in some satellite competitions and won the Malaysian tournament.


Yulianti played in more satellite tournaments and won three: the Surabaya Satellite, the Jakarta Satellite, and the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament.


Yulianti started to play tougher competitions but still played in satellite tournaments. She played in the Luxembourg Open and was the runner-up. Then she followed with the Bitburger Open and also achieved runner-up, beaten by Xu Huaiwen of Germany in the final, but she scored an upset by beating the seeded player Pi Hongyan of France in the quarterfinal. She played in the Singapore Satellite tournament and claimed the title. She became the most successful player on the national team.


This year, Yulianti was the dominant player on her team. She played in the BWF World Championships as the 15th seed, her highest rank in 2007. She was beaten in the third round by the world number one, Zhang Ning of China. Then, she reached her first quarterfinal of the Super Series tournament in Indonesia, by beating Lu Lan of China in a rubber set. She was stopped by Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria in straight sets. Then, she played a super series tournaments and lost to another high-ranked player. In December, she won the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand over fellow countrywoman Adriyanti Firdasari.


She competed in a few super series tournaments such as All England and the Swiss Open but was stopped in the first round in each. She entered the Uber Cup team and won against the second-seeded country, Japan, by a score of 4–1. While she was defeated by the Japanese, Eriko Hirose, 21–9, 20–22, 20–22, her teammates secured the team victory against the other Japanese players. They reached the final for the first time in 14 years by beating Hong Kong in the quarterfinal and Germany in the semifinal. They were defeated in the final by China, 0–3.

Maria Kristin then competed in the Indonesia Super Series. She beat her compatriot, Pia Zebadiah Bernadet and Yao Jie of Netherlands in the first two rounds. She followed this by defeating the 7th seed, Zhou Mi of Hong Kong in three sets, 21–17, 15–21, 21–16. She accomplished a big upset by beating the Chinese senior player and second seed, Zhang Ning, in a very tight match, 21–14, 20–22, 22–20 and reached her first super series final. There she was beaten by the 1st seed, Zhu Lin, after fighting for more than an hour in three sets, 18–21, 21–17, 14–21.

Yulianti's biggest achievement in the sport, thus far, is earning the women's singles bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as an unseeded player. She is only the third Indonesian woman, and the fifth woman not representing China, to be awarded a medal in women's singles since badminton entered the Games in 1992. In the round of 64, she saved a match point against Juliane Schenk of Germany and won the game in the rubber set, 18–21, 21–13, 22–20. She followed this by defeating Yoana Martinez of Spain in straight sets. She started to get noticed after she defeated the All England champion, Tine Rasmussen of Denmark, in three sets, 18–21, 21–19, 21–14. She reached the semifinal by beating Saina Nehwal of India after she saved 8 game points and won 26–28, 21–14, 21–15. She lost to eventual gold medalist Zhang Ning in the semifinal, 15–21, 15–21. However, Yulianti defeated the 3rd seed, Lu Lan, in the playoff for the bronze medal, 11–21, 21–13, 21–15.

After the Olympics, she competed in some super series tournaments, although she was always defeated by Lu Lan in three sets. Notable matches include her victory over the 6th-seeded Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the Japan Open, 18–21, 21–13, 21–6, as well as her defeat of Zhu Lin, the 5th seed, 21–15, 21–14, in the French Open.


This year might be her worst time in her career. She got injured from December last year, and played her first Super Series tournament in June. Before that time, she was followed Malaysia, but failed to enter the next round, after beaten by Zhang Beiwen in the first round. Then, she was represented Indonesia in Sudirman Cup by only winning her first match against Sayaka Sato.


Olympic GamesEdit

Yulianti competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's singles and won the bronze medal.

2008 Summer Olympics – Women's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round   Juliane Schenk 18–21, 21–13, 22–20 Win
Second round   Yoana Martínez 21–9, 21–14 Win
Third round   Tine Baun [6] 18–21, 21–19, 21–14 Win
Quarterfinal   Saina Nehwal 26–28, 21–14, 21–15 Win
Semifinal   Zhang Ning [2] 15–21, 15–21 Lost
Bronze-final   Lu Lan [3] 11–21, 21–13, 21–15   Bronze

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Wongchawalitkul University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand   Adriyanti Firdasari 21–16, 21–15   Gold

BWF Superseries (1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[2] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[3] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Indonesia Open   Zhu Lin 18–21, 21–17, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

IBF Grand PrixEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2006 Bitburger Open   Xu Huaiwen 18–21, 21–17, 14–21   Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/Series/Asian SatelliteEdit

Women's Singles

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
Winner 2004 Malaysia Satellite   Adriyanti Firdasari 8-11, 11-2, 11-8
Winner 2005 Jakarta Satellite   Fransisca Ratnasari 2-11, 11-5, 11-2
Winner 2005 Surabaya Satellite   Silvi Antarini 8-11, 11-6, 11-4
Winner 2006 Cheers Asian Satellite   Julia Wong Pei Xian 21-13, 22-20
Winner 2006 Surabaya Satellite   Julia Wong Pei Xian 21-16, 21-15
Winner 2006 Luxembourg Open
Runner-Up 2011 White Nights   Fransisca Ratnasari 15-21, 23-21, 11-21

Performance timelineEdit

Indonesian teamEdit

  • Senior level
Team Events 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Southeast Asian Games   Bronze N/A A N/A   Gold N/A   Silver N/A
Uber Cup N/A A N/A A N/A   Silver N/A   Bronze
Sudirman Cup A N/A A N/A   Silver N/A   Bronze N/A

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Senior level
Event 2007
Southeast Asian Games   Gold
Event 2009
World Championships R3
Event 2008
Olympics   Bronze
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 Best
BWF Super Series
  Indonesia Open QF F R1 QF F (2008)
Tournament 2006 Best
IBF Grand Prix
  Bitburger Open F F (2006)

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Maria Yulianti. Retrieved on 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 2006-12-15.
  3. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ "MARIA KRISTIN YULIANTI Head to Head". BWF. Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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