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Nova Widianto (born 10 October 1977 in Klaten, Central Java)[1] is a former male badminton player from Indonesia.[2] He is currently the Indonesia national team mixed doubles assistant coach.

Nova Widianto
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Personal information
Birth nameAndreas Nova Widianto
Country Indonesia
Born (1977-10-10) October 10, 1977 (age 42)
Indonesia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
RetiredSeptember 2010
HandednessRight
CoachRichard Mainaky
Highest ranking1 (15 May 2008)

CareerEdit

Nova Widianto is considered as one of the greatest doubles player in his era. He is known for his superb movement on court and versatility to be paired with various players. Widianto specialized in mixed doubles. He enjoyed some international success with Vita Marissa, winning the Southeast Asian Games in 2001, the Asian Badminton Championships in 2003, and the Japan Open in 2004. However, his greatest success came from a partnership with Lilyana Natsir. They have been one of the world's two or three leading teams. In 2005, they were able to win the World Championships in 2005, beating Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen in the final. The pair once more captured the gold medal at the 2007, by beating Zheng Bo and Gao Ling. They claimed the silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, having a shocking loss to the world number 10, Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung. At the 2009 BWF World Championships, they also earned the silver medal, losing to the Danish pair. He was the runner up three times in a row, from 2006 to 2008, at the Japan open. They have been runner up at the All England Championships twice, and probably the narrowest one was at 2010, beaten by future Olympic champion, Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, 18-21 25-23 18-21 in an hour and 31 minutes, considered as one of the best mixed doubles game that ever played. Widianto has represented Indonesia in the Sudirman Cup (combined men's and women's world team championships) five times: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

2004 Summer OlympicsEdit

He competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Vita Marissa and only reached the quarterfinal, after being defeated in the quarterfinal by the Danish pair.

2008 Summer OlympicsEdit

He competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics as the 1st seed in mixed doubles with partner Lilyana Natsir and reached the final by beating He Hanbin and Yu Yang in the semifinal with thrilling scores, 15–21 21–11 23–21. In the final, they were defeated by gold medalists, Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea in straight sets, 21–11 and 21–17.

Personal lifeEdit

When he was young, he joined the Tangkas Jakarta badminton club. The parent's names are Santoso (father) and Sutari (mother). His hobby is football. Normally, people called him Nova or Kedheng. He's married former Indonesian national player Eny Widiowati.

Men's doublesEdit

He also followed some tournaments in men's doubles. He played with Candra Wijaya for a few months, preparing for Thomas Cup event and succeeded to be the runner up of Asian Badminton Championships, lost to Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong-dae in the final, 21–16 21–18. He also helped Indonesia to claim gold medal in men's team in Southeast Asian Games, partnering with Muhammad Ahsan and beat Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, 21–18 21–17 to give 3–1 win against Malaysia .

Playing styleEdit

His powerful smash and accurate placement on the court have been a crucial part of Nova's game to dominate the mixed doubles and being at the top level. His mental strength and great spirit also become the decisive factor to win the game and somehow manage to be the other source of his power. The other thing is his ability to keep retrieving the shuttle with such tricky technique also able to make his opponent goes into the trouble.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Widianto competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Liliyana Natsir and earned a silver medal. They were defeated in the final by the gold medalists Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung of South Korea in straight sets 21–11 and 21–17.

2008 Summer Olympics – Mixed doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
First round   Liliyana Natsir [1]   Han Sang-hoon
  Hwang Yu-mi
23–21, 21–19 Win
Quarterfinal   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thoungthongkam
21–13, 21–19 Win
Semifinal   He Hanbin [4]
  Yu Yang
15–21, 21–11, 23–21 Win
Final   Lee Yong-dae
  Lee Hyo-jung
11–21, 17–21   Silver
2004 Summer Olympics – Mixed doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
First round   Vita Marissa [8] - Bye Win
Second Round   Robert Blair
  Natalie Munt
15–8, 15–12 Win
Quarterfinal   Jens Eriksen
  Mette Schjoldager
12–15, 8–15 Lost

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

2009 BWF World Championships – Mixed doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st   Liliyana Natsir [2] Bye
2nd   Aleksei Konakh
  Alesia Zaitsava
21–12, 21–9 Win
3rd   Koo Kien Keat
  Ng Hui Lin
21–15, 21–19 Win
QF   Valiyaveetil Diju [8]
  Jwala Gutta
21–16, 21–14 Win
SF   Joachim Fischer Nielsen [6]
  Christinna Pedersen
21–18, 14–21, 21–18 Win
Final   Thomas Laybourn [7]
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
13–21, 17–21   Silver
2007 BWF World Championships – Mixed doubles (2)
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st   Liliyana Natsir [2] Bye
2nd   Nicholas Jinadasa
  Samantha Jinadasa
21–12, 21–11 Win
3rd   Muhammad Rijal [14]
  Greysia Polii
Walkover Win
QF   Han Sang-hoon [9]
  Hwang Yu-mi
21–19, 21–15 Win
SF   Xie Zhongbo [3]
  Zhang Yawen
21–15, 15–21, 22–20 Win
Final   Zheng Bo [1]
  Gao Ling
21–16, 21–14   Gold
2005 IBF World Championships – Mixed doubles (1)
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st   Liliyana Natsir [4] Bye
2nd   Marko Kroflic
  Mateja Fink
15–1, 15–0 Win
3rd   Thomas Laybourn [9]
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–12, 15–12 Win
QF   Frederik Bergström [14]
  Johanna Persson
15–6, 15–6 Win
SF   Sudket Prapakamol [7]
  Saralee Thungthongkam
15–9, 3–15, 15–10 Win
Final   Xie Zhongbo [11]
  Zhang Yawen
13–15, 15–8, 15–2   Gold

World CupEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Yiyang, China   Lilyana Natsir   Xie Zhongbo
  Zhang Yawen
21–16, 21–18   Gold
2005 Yiyang, China   Lilyana Natsir   Xie Zhongbo
  Zhang Yawen
19–21, 10–21   Silver

Asian GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Gangseo Gymnasium,
Busan, South Korea
  Vita Marissa   Khunakorn Sudhisodhi
  Saralee Thungthongkam
11–5, 5–11, 5–11   Bronze

Asia ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  Candra Wijaya   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
16–21, 18–21   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  Lilyana Natsir   Flandy Limpele
  Vita Marissa
17–21, 17–21   Silver
2006 Bandaraya Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  Lilyana Natsir   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
21–16, 21–23, 21–14   Gold
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Vita Marissa   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
15–13, 7–15, 3–15   Bronze
2003 Istora Senayan,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Vita Marissa   Anggun Nugroho
  Eny Widiowati
15–2, 15–11   Gold

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex,
Vientiane, Laos
  Liliyana Natsir   Songphon Anugritayawon
  Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
21–10, 20–22, 21–9   Gold
2007 Wongchawalitkul University,
Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
  Liliyana Natsir   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
21–13, 22–24, 16–21   Bronze
2005 PhilSports Arena,
Metro Manila, Philippines
  Liliyana Natsir   Anggun Nugroho
  Yunita Tetty
15–6, 15–2   Gold
2001 Malawati Stadium,
Selangor, Malaysia
  Vita Marissa   Bambang Suprianto
  Emma Ermawati
3–15, 15–7, 17–15   Gold

BWF Superseries (5 Champions, 9 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 level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Open   Lilyana Natsir   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
12–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2010 All England   Lilyana Natsir   Zhang Nan
  Zhao Yunlei
18–21, 25–23, 18–21   Runner-up
2009 Hong Kong Open   Lilyana Natsir   Robert Mateusiak
  Nadiezda Kostiuczyk
20–22, 16–21   Runner-up
2009 French Open   Lilyana Natsir   Hendra Aprida Gunawan
  Vita Marissa
21–7, 21–7   Winner
2009 Malaysia Open   Lilyana Natsir   Lee Yong-dae
  Lee Hyo-jung
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2008 Superseries Finals   Lilyana Natsir   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
19–21, 21–18, 20–22   Runner-up
2008 China Masters   Lilyana Natsir   Xie Zhongbo
  Zhang Yawen
17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2008 Japan Open   Lilyana Natsir   Muhammad Rijal
  Vita Marissa
21–14, 15–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2008 Singapore Open   Lilyana Natsir   Anthony Clark
  Donna Kellogg
17–21, 21–14, 21–9   Winner
2008 All England   Lilyana Natsir   Zheng Bo
  Gao Ling
21–18, 14–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2007 Hong Kong Open   Lilyana Natsir   Zheng Bo
  Gao Ling
21–23, 21–18, 21–19   Winner
2007 China Open   Lilyana Natsir   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thoungthongkam
15–21, 21–18, 21–11   Winner
2007 Japan Open   Lilyana Natsir   Zheng Bo
  Gao Ling
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2007 Indonesia Open   Lilyana Natsir   Zheng Bo
  Gao Ling
16–21, 11–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF/IBF Grand Prix (7 Champions, 11 Runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Thailand Open   Vita Marissa   Lee Sheng-mu
  Chien Yu-chin
10–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2007 Philippines Open   Liliyana Natsir   Han Sang-hoon
  Hwang Yu-mi
21–17, 21–13   Winner
2006 Japan Open   Liliyana Natsir   Flandy Limpele
  Vita Marissa
21–11, 18–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2006 Hong Kong Open   Liliyana Natsir   Zheng Bo
  Zhao Tingting
20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2006 Korea Open   Liliyana Natsir   Jens Eriksen
  Mette Schjoldager
23–21, 21–18   Winner
2006 Chinese Taipei Open   Liliyana Natsir   Lee Jae-jin
  Lee Hyo-jung
17–21, 23–21, 21–13   Winner
2006 Singapore Open   Liliyana Natsir   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
21–16, 20–22, 23–21   Winner
2006 Indonesia Open   Liliyana Natsir   Xie Zhongbo
  Zhang Yawen
19–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2005 Indonesia Open   Liliyana Natsir   Anggun Nugroho
  Yunita Tetty
15–13, 15–1   Winner
2005 Swiss Open   Liliyana Natsir   Nathan Robertson
  Gail Emms
14–17, 6–15   Runner-up
2004 Singapore Open   Liliyana Natsir   Koo Kien Keat
  Wong Pei Tty
15–1, 15–4   Winner
2004 Japan Open   Vita Marissa   Sudket Prapakamol
  Saralee Thungthongkam
15–10, 15–13   Winner
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Vita Marissa   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
7–15, 5–15   Runner-up
2002 Japan Open   Vita Marissa   Kim Dong-moon
  Ra Kyung-min
3–7, 2–7, 2–7   Runner-up
2002 Indonesia Open   Vita Marissa   Bambang Suprianto
  Minarti Timur
7–11, 3–11   Runner-up
2002 Denmark Open   Vita Marissa   Kim Dong-moon
  Hwang Yu-mi
6–11, 11–4, 7–11   Runner-up
2002 Chinese Taipei Open   Vita Marissa   Tri Kusharyanto
  Emma Ermawati
11–8, 11–13, 7–11   Runner-up
2001 Indonesia Open   Vita Marissa   Tri Kusharyanto
  Emma Ermawati
5–7, 1–7, 7–2, 1–7   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

IBF InternationalEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Jakarta International   Karel Mainaky   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Aras Razak
15–11, 11–15, 15–11   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1998 Jakarta International   Eny Widiowati   Endra Mulyana Mulyajaya
  Angeline de Pauw
4–15, 7–15   Runner-up

Performance timelineEdit

Indonesian teamEdit

  • Senior level
Team Events 2001 2005 2007 2009
Southeast Asian Games   Silver   Silver   Gold   Gold
Team Events 2002 2006
Asian Games   Silver   Bronze
Team Events 2008 2010
Thomas Cup   Bronze   Silver
Team Events 2005 2007 2009
Sudirman Cup   Silver   Silver   Bronze

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Senior level
Event 2001 2005 2007 2009
Southeast Asian Games   Gold   Gold   Bronze   Gold
Event 2003 2004 2006 2008
Badminton Asia Championships   Gold (XD)   Bronze (XD)   Gold (XD)   Silver (MD)
  Silver (XD)
Event 2002 2006
Asian Games   Bronze QF
Event 2005 2006
Badminton World Cup   Silver   Gold
Event 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010
BWF World Championships QF R2   Gold R3   Gold   Silver QF
Event 2004 2008
Olympics QF   Silver
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Best
BWF Super Series
  All England Open QF F QF F R1 A F (2008, 2010)
  Swiss Open A SF QF A GPG SF (2008)
  India Open N/A GPG QF A QF (2011)
  Malaysia Open SF QF W R1 R1 R1 W (2009)
  Singapore Open SF W SF F R1 A W (2004, 2006, 2008)
  China Masters SF F A SF R2 A F (2008)
  Indonesia Open F SF QF SF R1 A W (2005)
  Japan Open F F SF R2 R2 A W (2004)
  Korea Open R2 R1 R2 A R2 R1 W (2006)
  Denmark Open R1 A QF A R1 A F (2002)
  French Open QF SF W A QF A W (2009)
  China Open W A R1 A W (2007)
  Hong Kong Open W QF F A W (2007)
BWF Superseries Finals N/A F NQ F (2008)
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Best
BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold
  Chinese Taipei Open N/A F F W SF A R2 W (2006)
  Denmark Open SF F A SS F (2002)
  Hong Kong Open N/A N/A F SS F (2006)
  Indonesia Open F F QF W F SS W (2005)
  Japan Open F W F SS W (2004)
  Korea Open W SS W (2006)
  Philippines Open N/A W N/A A N/A W (2007)
  Singapore Open QF W W SS W (2004, 2006)
  Swiss Open F SS F (2005)
  Thailand Open N/A N/A F F (2011)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Handayani, Primastuti (20 August 2008). "Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir: Committed to excellence in badminton". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  2. ^ INDONESIA – Sudden split of world number #1 Widianto-Natsir

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