Sony Dwi Kuncoro

Sony Dwi Kuncoro (born 7 July 1984) is a badminton singles player from Indonesia. He was the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist,[1] two-time World Championships medalist (silver–2007, bronze–2009)[2] and three-time Asian Champion (2002, 2003, 2005).[3] He reached a career high as world number 3 in October 2003.[1]

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 36)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Men's singles
Highest ranking3 (7 October 2003)
Current ranking192 (4 February 2020)
BWF profile

Personal lifeEdit

He plays badminton after his father introduced him at 7 years old, and at 8 years old 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. On 24 July 2009, he married Gading Safitri, who became his coach and manager.


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 South 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. He defeated Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand by a score of 15–11, 17–16 in the bronze medal match.

2007 BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

He became runner-up at the 2007 IBF World Championships after losing to Lin Dan in straight sets with a score of 11–21, 20–22 in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia. During the tournament, he defeated Lee Chong Wei in the third round 21–9, 21–11 and 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 in 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 21–16, 14–21, 21–12.

Other achievementsEdit

He was runner-up in the World Junior Championships in 2000, defeated by Bao Chunlai in the final. He had good results in the Asian Badminton Championships, winning three titles. On 23 September 2007, Kuncoro won the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold after beating Taufik Hidayat in the final round 18–21, 21–6, 21–13. He won the men's singles gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 2003 and 2005. At the SEA Games in 2007 and 2009, Sony helped the Indonesian team win gold in the men's team event.

In 2008, Kuncoro competed in Beijing Olympic Games but he was eliminated in the quarterfinal to the second seeded Lee Chong Wei in straight games. In June, he won the Indonesia Open Superseries beating Simon Santoso in the final 19–21, 21–14, 21–9 in Istora Senayan, Jakarta. In September, Kuncoro won the Japan Open Superseries beating Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in straight sets 21–17, 21–11 in the final. Also in September, 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 the men's singles at three consecutive "superseries" tournaments.

In 2009, his best performance in Superseries was semifinalist in Indonesia Open, beaten by Taufik Hidayat, 17–21, 14–21 and in Denmark Open beaten by Marc Zwiebler of Germany in three tough games. In December, he again helped Indonesia win the 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 at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold defeating China's Chen Yuekun in straight games, 21–17, 21–14.[4] In the semi final, he beat the top 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[5] and in 2013 Hong Kong Open Superseries, again beaten by Lee Chong Wei, 13–21 9–21.[6]

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,[7][8][9] then South Korea's Son Wan-ho in the final with 21–16, 13–21, 21–14.[10][11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14]


Olympic GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2004 Goudi Olympic Hall, Athens, Greece   Boonsak Ponsana 15–11, 17–16   Bronze

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India   Lin Dan 14–21, 21–13, 15–21   Bronze
2007 Putra Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Lin Dan 11–21, 20–22   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Park Sung-hwan 21–14, 16–21, 19–21   Bronze
2005 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India   Kuan Beng Hong 15–10, 15–5   Gold (3)
2004 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Taufik Hidayat 12–15, 15–7, 6–15   Silver
2003 Tennis Indoor Gelora Bung Karno, 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

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2009 Gym Hall 1, 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,[15] 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,[16] with successful players invited to the BWF Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Singapore Open (2)   Son Wan-ho 21–16, 13–21, 21–14   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, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's singles

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/Series (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Indonesia International   Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay 13–21, 15–21   Runner-up
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 Asian Games (2004, 2008)
  • 4 times at Southeast Asian Games (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)

Performance timelineEdit

National teamEdit

  • Junior level
Team events 2000 2001
Asian Junior Championships   Silver   Bronze
World Junior Championships   Bronze N/A
  • Senior level
Team events 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Southeast Asian Games N/A   Gold N/A   Silver N/A   Gold N/A   Gold N/A
Asian Games A N/A   Bronze N/A   Bronze
Thomas Cup   Gold N/A   Bronze N/A   Bronze N/A   Bronze N/A   Silver
Sudirman Cup N/A   Bronze N/A   Silver N/A   Silver N/A   Bronze N/A

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Junior level
Events 2000 2001
Asian Junior Championships   Silver   Silver
World Junior Championships   Silver N/A
  • Senior level
Events 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Southeast Asian Games N/A   Gold N/A   Gold N/A R1 N/A   Silver N/A A N/A A N/A A N/A A
Asian Championships   Gold   Gold   Silver   Gold QF A   Bronze A
Asian Games A N/A A N/A R1 N/A A N/A
World Championships A QF N/A R3 R3   Silver N/A   Bronze w/d A N/A R1 A N/A R2
Olympic Games N/A   Bronze N/A QF N/A A N/A A N/A
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
  Malaysia Masters Q2 A F (2012)
  Thailand Masters A R1 R2 (2016)
  Indonesian Masters QF R1 W (2012)
  Singapore Open R1 Q1 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 A QF (2010, 2014)
Year-end Ranking[17] 63 146 3
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 SF (2003, 2004)
  India Open N/A GPG R1 A w/d A R2 A R2 (2016)
  Malaysia Open R2 R1 QF w/d A F w/d A Q1 R1 F (2013)
  Singapore Open R2 A QF W R1 QF w/d A W R1 W (2010, 2016)
  Australian Open IC/IS GPG A R2 A R2 (2012, 2016)
  Indonesia Open QF W SF SF Q1 QF R2 R1 Q2 R2 Q1 W (2008)
  Japan Open R1 W QF w/d Q1 R1 R1 A R1 A W (2008)
  Korea Open QF QF A SF A R1 Q2 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 Q2 QF (2007, 2009, 2013)
  Hong Kong Open QF A R1 A R1 F R1 A QF Q1 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 3
Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
Tournament 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/d A R1 A SF (2003, 2004)
  Australian Open IC/IS A R2 A SS R2 (2012)
  China Masters SS A R2 A W (2008)
  Chinese Taipei Open W A QF SF R1 A R1 R1 A W (2007)
  Vietnam Open A R3 SF A w/d A SF (2012)
  Thailand Open w/d A N/A A W A N/A QF F R1 W (2012)
  Philippines Open SF N/A A N/A SF (2007)
  Chinese Taipei Masters N/A W A N/A W (2015)
  Korea Masters IC A R2 A R2 A R2 (2011, 2015)
  Macau Open A QF R2 A QF A w/d A QF (2010, 2014)
  Indonesia Masters N/A R2 R1 W SF R3 R3 R2 N/A W (2012)
Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Best
IBF World Grand Prix
  All England Open A R1 R1 QF A R1 QF (2004)
  Swiss Open A R2 SF SF A SF (2003, 2004)
  Indonesia Open R2 R1 A QF QF R3 QF SF R1 SF (2005)
  Malaysia Open A QF R3 R3 A QF (2003)
  Thailand Open N/A A R2 N/A A R2 (2001)
  Singapore Open A N/A R1 R2 A R1 w/d R2 (2002)
  Chinese Taipei Open N/A A N/A A F A F (2003)
  Korea Open N/A A R3 w/d A R1 R3 (2003)
  Hong Kong Open A N/A SF N/A QF N/A R2 QF SF (2001)
  Japan Open A R2 R1 R3 A R2 R3 (2004)
  China Open N/A A N/A A R3 R3 A R3 (2004, 2005)
  Dutch Open A R3 A R3 (2002)
  Denmark Open A R3 R2 R3 A R3 (2002, 2004)

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Head to head (H2H) against BWF Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[18]


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  8. ^ "Sony pulls a surprise win over Lin Dan in Singapore Open". The Star. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Chinese superstar Lin Dan booted from Singapore". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Tuned in: Sony Dwi Kuncoro beats Son Wan-ho to win the Singapore Open". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Kuncoro and Ratchanok win Singapore Open". Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Badminton: Sony Dwi Kuncoro tastes Superseries success again at S'pore Open". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Veteran Sony on Singapore win: 'Proof that I've still got it'". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Struggling Sony continues to misfire after training-camp life". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  15. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 2006-12-15.
  16. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  17. ^ "BWF World Rankings". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Sony Dwi Kuncoro's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 April 2016.

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