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Sony Dwi Kuncoro (born 7 July 1984) is a badminton singles player from Indonesia. He is the 2004 Olympic bronze medalists, two-time World Championships medalists (silver–2007, bronze–2009)[1] and three-time Asia Champion (2002, 2003, 2005). He was two-time participated at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. He had missed the Olympic Games in 2012 after injury set him back in the qualification process.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka — Sony Dwi Kuncoro 17 (cropped).jpg
Sony Dwi Kuncoro at the 2013 French Open Superseries
Personal information
Country Indonesia
Born (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Career title(s)15
Highest ranking3 (7 October 2003)
Current ranking139 (27 August 2019)
BWF profile

Personal lifeEdit

When he was young, he joined the Suryanaga Surabaya badminton club. Currently, he joins the Tjakrindo Masters badminton club in Surabaya. His parents are Moch. Sumadji (father) and Asmiati (mother). His hobbies are fixing automobiles and hanging-out or travelling. Generally people call him Sony, which can also be spelled as Soni. He married to Gading Safitri on 24 July 2009, who is also becoming his coach and manager.

CareerEdit

2004 Summer OlympicsEdit

Kuncoro played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles, defeating M. Roslin Hashim of Malaysia and Jim Ronny Andersen of Norway in the first two rounds. In the quarterfinals, Kuncoro defeated Park Tae-sang of Korea 15–13, 15–4. Kuncoro advanced to the semifinals, in which he lost to Shon Seung-mo of Korea 15–6, 9–15, 15–9. Playing in the bronze medal match, he defeated Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand by a score of 15–11, 17–16 for the bronze medal.

2007 BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

He became runner-up at the 2007 IBF World Championships after losing to Lin Dan in straight sets with score 11–21, 20–22 in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. But, in his road through the final, he defeated Lee Chong Wei in the third round 21–9, 21–11, Peter Gade in the quarter final, 22–20, 21–18. He also beat Chen Yu in the semifinal in 3 tough games.

2009 BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

He was bronze medalist at the 2009 BWF World Championships, again losing to Lin Dan, but this time with 3 sets, 16–21, 21–14, 15–21. En route to the semi, he beat Lee Chong Wei (world number one) in the quarter finals with 21–16, 14–21, 21–12.

Other achievementsEdit

He was also the runner up in World Junior Championships in 2000, defeated by Bao Chunlai. He also had good result in Asian Badminton Championships, with three titles. On September 23, 2007, Kuncoro won the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold after beating Taufik Hidayat in the final round by 18–21, 21–6, 21–13. He has also won the men's singles gold medal twice at the Southeast Asian Games (2003, 2005). At the SEA Games in 2007 and 2009, Sony helped the Indonesian team win gold at the men's team event. In June 2008, he won the Indonesia Open Superseries after beating Simon Santoso in the final round by scores of 19–21, 21–14, 21–9 in Istora Senayan, Jakarta. In September 2008, Kuncoro won the Japan Open Superseries after beating Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in straight sets 21–17, 21–11 in the final round. Also in September 2008 he captured the China Masters Superseries by beating China's Chen Jin 21–19, 21–18 in the final, thus becoming the first player to win men's singles at three consecutive "superseries" tournaments.

In 2009, his best performance in Superseries was being the semifinalist in Indonesia Open, beaten by Taufik Hidayat, 17–21, 14–21 and in Denmark Open by Marc Zwiebler of Germany with three tough games. In December, once again he helped Indonesia to be the best in Southeast Asian Games, beating Malaysia in the men teams final. He also finished second in the individual event, beaten by his teammate Simon Santoso.

In 2012, he won the men's singles title in Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold after defeat China's Chen Yuekun in straight games, 21–17, 21–14.[2] In the semi final, he beat the first seed from China, Lin Dan also in straight games, 21–17, 21–16.

In 2013, he started the year by becoming the semifinalist in 2013 Korea Open Superseries Premier, beaten by Du Pengyu, 12–21 17–21 and in 2013 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, giving walkover to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka. He became the finalist in 2013 Malaysia Open Superseries, beaten by Lee Chong Wei, 7–21 8–21[3] and in 2013 Hong Kong Open Superseries, again beaten by Lee Chong Wei, 13–21 9–21.[4]

In 2015, his best performance was being the champion at 2015 Chinese Taipei Masters Grand Prix after beating Wang Tzu-wei of Chinese Taipei with score 21–13, 21–15. He also won the 2015 Indonesia International Challenge after defeat the Korean young blood Jeon Hyeok-jin with straight games 22–20, 21–15.

In 2016, he advanced to the main round of the 2016 Singapore Open Superseries after winning the qualification rounds. He later won the event after beating China's Lin Dan in the semi-final with score 21–10, 17–21, 22–20,[5][6][7] then South Korea's Son Wan-ho in the final with 21–16, 13–21, 21–14.[8][9] This is his first Superseries title win in six years. He last tasted success at this level on the same stage at the 2010 Singapore Open.[10] The victory is proof that he has still got it. It’s a reward for his hard work as an independent shuttler after kicked out of the national training camp in mid-2014 because of injuries to his back, waist and wrist over the years.[11][12]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Kuncoro competed in badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's singles but he was eliminated in the quarterfinal.

2008 Summer Olympics – men's singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round   Boonsak Ponsana 21–16, 21–14 Win
Third round   Ville Lång 21–13, 21–18 Win
Quarterfinal   Lee Chong Wei [2] 9–21, 11–21 Lost

Kuncoro competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's singles and won the bronze medal.

2004 Summer Olympics – men's singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round   Roslin Hashim 15–6, 9–15, 15–8 Win
Second round   Jim Ronny Andersen 15–7, 15–6 Win
Quarterfinal   Park Tae-sang 15–13, 15–4 Win
Semifinal   Shon Seung-mo 6–15, 15–9, 9–15 Lost
Bronze-final   Boonsak Ponsana 15–11, 17–16   Bronze

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

2009 BWF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round   Michael Lahnsteiner 21–13, 21–9 Win
Second round   Przemysław Wacha 21–12, 21–13 Win
Third round   Chetan Anand [15] 21–16, 21–16 Win
Quarterfinal   Lee Chong Wei [1] 21–16, 14–21, 21–12 Win
Semifinal   Lin Dan [5] 14–21, 21–13, 15–21   Bronze
2007 BWF World Championships – Men's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round   Chetan Anand 11–21, 21–14, 21–18 Win
Second round   Yousuke Nakanishi 21–15, 21–16 Win
Third round   Lee Chong Wei [2] 21–11, 21–9 Win
Quarterfinal   Peter Gade [5] 22–20, 21–18 Win
Semifinal   Chen Yu [6] 18–21, 21–13, 21–15 Win
Final   Lin Dan [1] 11–21, 20–22   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Park Sung-hwan 21–14, 16–21, 19–21   Bronze
2005 Hyderabad, India   Kuan Beng Hong 15–10, 15–5   Gold (3)
2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Taufik Hidayat 12–15, 15–7, 6–15   Silver
2003 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Taufik Hidayat 15–5, 7–15, 15–8   Gold (2)
2002 Bangkok, Thailand   Taufik Hidayat 15–12, 15–5   Gold (1)

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos   Simon Santoso 16–21, 12–21   Silver
2005 PhilSports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines   Simon Santoso 17–16, 15–3   Gold
2003 Tan Binh Sport Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Wong Choong Hann 15–8, 15–5   Gold

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2002 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Bao Chunlai 1–7, 5–7, 7–1, 5–7   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2001 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Taiwan   Ardiansyah 12–15, 12–15   Silver
2000 Nishiyama Park Gymnasium, Kyoto, Japan   Lin Dan 12–15, 5–15   Silver

BWF Superseries (5 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[13] 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,[14] with successful players invited to the BWF Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Singapore Open (2)   Son Wan-ho 21–16, 13–21, 21–14[15]   Champion
2013 Hong Kong Open   Lee Chong Wei 13–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Open   Lee Chong Wei 7–21, 8–21   Runner-up
2010 Singapore Open (1)   Boonsak Ponsana 21–16, 21–16   Champion
2008 China Masters (1)   Chen Jin 21–19, 21–18   Champion
2008 Japan Open (1)   Lee Chong Wei 21–17, 21–11   Champion
2008 Indonesia Open (1)   Simon Santoso 19–21, 21–14, 21–9   Champion
     Superseries tournament
     Superseries Premier tournament
     Superseries Finals tournament

BWF Grand Prix (4 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. 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.

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Thailand Open   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2015 Chinese Taipei Masters (1)   Wang Tzu-wei 21–13, 21–15   Champion
2012 Indonesian Masters (1)   Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–11, 21–11   Champion
2012 Thailand Open (1)   Chen Yuekun 21–17, 21–14   Champion
2012 Malaysia Masters   Lee Chong Wei 21–17, 8–21, 10–21   Runner-up
2007 Chinese Taipei Open (1)   Taufik Hidayat 18–21, 21–6, 21–13   Champion
2003 Chinese Taipei Open   Wong Choong Hann 15–3, 7–15, 4–15   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2018 Indonesia International   Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 15–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2018 Indonesia International   Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 12–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2015 Indonesia International   Jeon Hyeok-jin 22–20, 21–15   Champion
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Participation at Indonesian teamEdit

  • 4 times at Sudirman Cup (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • 4 times at Thomas Cup (2002,2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  • 2 times at Olympic Games in individual event (2004, 2008)

Performance timelineEdit

Indonesian teamEdit

  • Junior level
Event 2000 2001
Asia Junior Championships   Silver   Bronze
  • Senior level
Team Events 2003 2005 2007 2009
Southeast Asian Games   Gold   Silver   Gold   Gold
Team Events 2006 2010
Asian Games   Bronze   Bronze
Team Events 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010
Thomas Cup   Gold   Bronze   Bronze   Bronze   Silver
Team Events 2003 2005 2007 2009
Sudirman Cup   Bronze   Silver   Silver   Bronze

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Junior level
Event 2000 2001
Asia Junior Championships   Silver   Silver
  • Senior level
Event 2003 2005 2007 2009
Southeast Asian Games   Gold   Gold R1   Silver
Event 2010
Asian Games R1
Event 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008
Badminton Asia Championships   Gold   Gold   Silver   Gold   Bronze
Event 2003 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 2013 2014 2015 2017
BWF World Championships QF R3 R3   Silver   Bronze w/o A R1 A R2
Event 2004 2008
Olympics   Bronze QF
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
  Thailand Masters A R1 R2 (2016)
  Indonesian Masters QF R1 W (2012)
  Singapore Open R1 A W (2010, 2016)
  New Zealand Open R1 A R1 (2018)
  Australian Open QF A QF (2018)
  Thailand Open SF R1 W (2012)
  Hyderabad Open A R2 R2 (2019)
  Vietnam Open A R1 SF (2012)
  Indonesia Masters Super 100 w/d R3 R3 (2019)
  Macau Open R1 QF (2010, 2014)
Year-end Ranking[16] 63
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Super Series
  All England Open QF QF R2 R2 R1 A R2 R1 A R2 QF (2007, 2008)
  Swiss Open QF R1 A GPG QF (2007)
  India Open N/A GPG R1 A w/o A R2 A R2 (2016)
  Malaysia Open R2 R1 QF w/o A F w/o A R1 F (2013)
  Singapore Open R2 A QF W R1 QF w/o A W R1 W (2010, 2016)
  Australian Open GPG A R2 A R2 (2012, 2016)
  Indonesia Open QF W SF SF A QF R2 R1 A R2 A W (2008)
  Japan Open R1 W QF w/o A R1 R1 A R1 A W (2008)
  Korea Open QF QF A SF A R1 A SF (2013)
  China Masters R2 W A GPG W (2008)
  Denmark Open QF R2 SF A QF QF A SF (2009)
  French Open R1 R2 R2 A R2 R2 A R2 (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
  China Open QF A QF A R2 QF A R1 A QF (2007, 2009, 2013)
  Hong Kong Open QF A R1 A R1 F R1 A QF A F (2013)
BWF Superseries Finals N/A SF NQ GS NQ SF (2008)
Year-end Ranking 7 30 67 13 8 131 70 26 95
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold
  Malaysia Masters N/A A QF F w/d A R1 R2 R1 F (2012)
  Syed Modi International N/A A R1 A N/A A R1 (2011)
  Thailand Masters N/A R2 w/d R2 (2016)
  German Open A R1 A R1 (2012)
  Swiss Open SS R1 R1 w/o A R1 A QF (2007)
  Australian Open A R2 A SS R2 (2012)
  China Masters N/A IC SS A R2 A W (2008)
  Chinese Taipei Open F W A QF SF R1 A R1 R1 A W (2007)
  Vietnam Open N/A A R3 SF A w/d A SF (2012)
  Thailand Open N/A W A N/A QF F R1 W (2012)
  Philippines Open N/A SF N/A A N/A SF (2007)
  Chinese Taipei Masters N/A W A N/A W (2015)
  Korea Masters N/A IC A R2 A R2 A R2 (2011, 2015)
  Macau Open N/A A QF R2 A QF A w/o A QF (2010, 2014)
  Indonesian Masters N/A R2 R1 W SF R3 R3 R2 N/A W (2012)

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Head to head (H2H) against BWF Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Badminton: China's Lin Dan sent packing by Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro". The Straits Times. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Thailand Title Shows Sony Is No Spent Force". The Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Lee trounces Kuncoro to lift crown". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Dominant Lee wins Hong Kong Open". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Lin Dan out of Singapore Open". Xinhua. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Sony pulls a surprise win over Lin Dan in Singapore Open". The Star. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Chinese superstar Lin Dan booted from Singapore". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Tuned in: Sony Dwi Kuncoro beats Son Wan-ho to win the Singapore Open". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Kuncoro and Ratchanok win Singapore Open". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Badminton: Sony Dwi Kuncoro tastes Superseries success again at S'pore Open". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Veteran Sony on Singapore win: 'Proof that I've still got it'". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Struggling Sony continues to misfire after training-camp life". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  13. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 2006-12-15.
  14. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  15. ^ "OUE Singapore Open 2016: MS draw". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  16. ^ "BWF World Rankings". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Sony Dwi Kuncoro's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 April 2016.

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