Tony Gunawan

Tony Gunawan (Chinese: 吳俊明; pinyin: Wu Junming; born 9 April 1975) is an Indonesian-born American former badminton player who excelled internationally for Indonesia and later for the United States.

Tony Gunawan
Personal information
Country Indonesia (until 2001)
 United States (2001–present)
Born (1975-04-09) 9 April 1975 (age 45)
Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
CoachChristian Hadinata
Herry Iman Pierngadi
BWF profile

CareerEdit

Gunawan is a former Olympic gold medalist and world champion for Indonesia, and later a world champion for the United States. He is regarded by many, including his peers, as one of the greatest doubles players in badminton's history.[1] A superb all-court player with a particular facility in the forecourt, he won the 2000 Olympic gold medal, the 2001 IBF World Championships, and 2005 IBF World Championships with 3 different men's doubles partners.

He won the Men's Doubles gold medal in the 2005 World Championships from the 13th seeded position with his American partner Howard Bach. Gunawan partnered with Halim Haryanto to win the 2001 World Championships as well as the 2001 All-England Open, and with Candra Wijaya to win the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He was a member of the world champion 2000 Indonesia Thomas Cup team, winning his match in the final against China with yet another partner, Rexy Mainaky.

Gunawan and Bach won the 2005 IBF World Championships Men's Doubles gold over Gunawan's ex-partner Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto who were also finalists in the 2003 IBF World Championships in the same event. Tony played for Indonesia from 1992–2001 and is the winner of numerous international titles. He has coached and played for USA since 2001. Tony is currently studying in Orange County, California and coaches at San Gabriel Badminton Club 2 (Pomona).

Personal lifeEdit

He married with Women's doubles Indonesia, Etty Tantri in July 29, 2002 at the Monte Carlo Chapel in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Christopher and Leon.

AchievementsEdit

OlympicsEdit

2000 Summer Olympics – Men's doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
Round 1   Candra Wijaya [1] N/A bye Win
Round 2   Jim Laugesen
  Michael Søgaard
15–9, 15–7 Win
Quarterfinals   Simon Archer [8]
  Nathan Robertson
15–13, 15–11 Win
Semifinals   Ha Tae-kwon [4]
  Kim Dong-moon
15–13, 15-10 Win
Final   Lee Dong-soo [2]
  Yoo Yong-sung
15-10, 9-15, 15-7   Gold

IBF World ChampionshipsEdit

2005 IBF World Championships – Men's Doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st   Howard Bach [13]   Matthew Hughes
  Martyn Lewis
15-0, 15-3 Win
2nd   Jan Vondra
  Jan Fröhlich
15–5, 15–3 Win
3rd   Chew Choon Eng [8]
  Choong Tan Fook
15–10, 15–11 Win
QF   Jens Eriksen [1]
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
15–9, 15–10 Win
SF   Luluk Hadiyanto [4]
  Alvent Yulianto
15-9, 15–13 Win
Final   Candra Wijaya [2]
  Sigit Budiarto
15–11, 10-15, 15–11   Gold
2001 IBF World Championships – Men's Doubles
Round Partner Opponent Score Result
1st   Halim Haryanto [5]   Yuzo Kubota
  Shinya Ohtsuka
15-3, 15-4 Win
2nd   James Anderson
  Graham Hurrell
8-15, 15–7, 15–7 Win
3rd   Chen Qiqiu
  Liu Yong
15–13, 15–5 Win
QF   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
15–12, 15–9 Win
SF   Chew Choon Eng [6]
  Chan Chong Ming
12-15, 15-5, 15–3 Win
Final   Ha Tae-kwon
  Kim Dong-moon
15–0, 15–13   Gold

World CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China   Howard Bach   Sigit Budiarto
  Candra Wijaya
18–21, 9–21   Bronze

World Badminton Grand Prix FinalsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Brunei   Candra Wijaya   Halim Haryanto
  Sigit Budiarto
7–5, 8–6, 7–2   Gold
1999 Brunei   Candra Wijaya   Ha Tae-kwon
  Kim Dong-moon
15–7, 8–15, 15–11   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2000 Istora Senayan,
Jakarta, Indonesia
  Rexy Mainaky   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
15–8, 15–9   Gold

Pan American GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
  Howard Bach   Halim Haryanto
  Sattawat Pongnairat
21–10, 21–14   Gold

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2001 Malawati Stadium,
Selangor, Malaysia
  Bambang Suprianto   Candra Wijaya
  Sigit Budiarto
4–15, 6–15   Silver

BWF Super Series (1 title, 4 runners-up)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010   Singapore Open   Howard Bach   Fang Chieh-min
  Lee Sheng-mu
14–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2008   Indonesia Open   Candra Wijaya   Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
  Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari
21-19, 18-21, 14-21   Runner-up
2007   Hong Kong Open   Candra Wijaya   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
12-21, 21-18, 13-21   Runner-up
2007   Japan Open (3)   Candra Wijaya   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Alvent Yulianto Chandra
21-18, 21-17   Winner
2007   Malaysia Open   Candra Wijaya   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
15-21, 18-21   Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

IBF World Grand Prix (36 titles)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009   U.S. Open (6)   Howard Bach   Jürgen Koch
  Peter Zauner
21–12, 21–9   Winner
2006   Japan Open (2)   Candra Wijaya   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
21-15, 21-14   Winner
2006   Korea Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Lee Jae-jin
  Hwang Ji-man
21-18, 21-18   Winner
2006   U.S. Open (5)   Halim Haryanto   Alexander Nikolaenko
  Vitaly Durkin
21-10, 21-19   Winner
2006   Indonesia Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21-17, 21-16   Winner
2005   Copenhagen Masters (2)   Howard Bach   Fu Haifeng
  Cai Yun
15-12, 11-15, 15-4   Winner
2005   Chinese Taipei Open (2)   Halim Haryanto   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
15-13, 15-13   Winner
2005   U.S. Open (4)   Howard Bach   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
15-1, 15-2   Winner
2005   Bitburger German Open (1)   Halim Haryanto   Mike Beres
  William Milroy
15-3, 15-6   Winner
2005   USA SCBA International (1)   Howard Bach   Bob Malaythong
  Raju Rai
1-0 retired   Winner
2004   Dutch Open (1)   Howard Bach   Peter Steffensen
  Thomas Laybourn
15-8, 15-7   Winner
2004   U.S. Open (3)   Howard Bach   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
15-5, 15-7   Winner
2003   U.S. Open (2)   Bob Malaythong   Lee Sung-yuan
  Lin Wei-hsiang
6-15, 15-4, 15-5   Winner
2002   SCBA Classic (1)   Bob Malaythong   Kevin Han
Howard Bach
15-10, 15-9   Winner
2002   Puerto Rico Open (1)   Bob Malaythong   Sergio Llopis
  José Antonio Crespo
15-6, 15-3   Winner
2002   U.S. Open (1)   Bob Malaythong   Kevin Han
  Howard Bach
11-15, 15-7, 15-7   Winner
2001   All England Open (2)   Halim Haryanto   Candra Wijaya
  Sigit Budiarto
15-13, 7-15, 15-7   Winner
2000   Chinese Taipei Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Cheah Soon Kit
  Yap Kim Hock
15-7, 15-7   Winner
2000   Indonesia Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Flandy Limpele
  Eng Hian
14-17, 15-6, 15-8   Winner
2000   Japan Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
15-6, 15-7   Winner
1999   Ipoh Masters (1)   Candra Wijaya   Flandy Limpele
  Eng Hian
15-11, 15-9   Winner
1999   Malaysia Open (2)   Candra Wijaya   Flandy Limpele
  Eng Hian
15-6, 15-11   Winner
1999   All England Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Lee Dong-soo
  Yoo Yong-sung
15-7, 15-8   Winner
1998   Hong Kong Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Jens Eriksen
  Jesper Larsen
15-10, 15-9   Winner
1998   Brunei Open (1)   Halim Haryanto   Michael Sogaard
  Denny Kantono
15-2, 15-8   Winner
1998   Malaysia Open (1)   Halim Haryanto   Liu Yong
  Yu Jinhao
6-15, 15-5, 15-11   Winner
1998   Swedish Open (1)   Candra Wijaya   Yang Ming
  Zhang Jun
15-3, 15-6   Winner
1997   Copenhagen Masters (1)   Candra Wijaya   Simon Archer
  Chris Hunt
15-13, 15-8   Winner
1997   Polish Open (1)   Victor Wibowo   Rudy Wijaya
  Seng Kok Keong
15-11, 15-6   Winner
1997   French Open (1)   Victor Wibowo   Efraim Davis
  Halim Haryanto
15-10, 15-8   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012   U.S. Open (3)   Vita Marissa   Kenichi Hayakawa
  Misaki Matsutomo
21–13, 21–10 Winner
2005   Chinese Taipei Open (1)   Cheng Wen-hsing   Devin Lahardi
  Vita Marissa
17-15, 15-6   Winner
2003   U.S. Open (2)   Etty Tantri   Hwang Ji-man
  Lee Eun-woo
15-5, 15-9   Winner
2002   SCBA Classic (1)   Mesinee Mangkalakiri   Philippe Bourret
  Denyse Julien
11-3, 13-5   Winner
2002   Puerto Rico Open (1)   Mesinee Mangkalakiri   Tjitte Weistra
  Dorianna Rivera
15-6, 15-3   Winner
2002   U.S. Open (1)   Etty Tantri   Simon Archer
  Marina Andrievskaya
7-11, 11-4, 11-6   Winner

Other ResultsEdit

2008 China Cup 2008 S.Series Semi-Finalist
06/04/2008 India Grand Prix Gold 2008 GP Gold 4900.00 Semi-Finalist
16/03/2008 Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2008 S.Series 5040.00 Quarter-Finalist
09/03/2008 YONEX All England Super Series 2008 S.Series 3600.00 1\16
20/01/2008 Proton Malaysia Open Super Series 2008 S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
25/11/2007 CHINA OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 2220.00 1\32
19/08/2007 16th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007 BWF Events 6600.00 Quarter-Finalist
22/07/2007 BINGO BONANZA PHILIPPINE OPEN 2007 GP Gold 2720.00 1\16
13/05/2007 DJARUM INDONESIA SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
06/05/2007 AVIVA OPEN SINGAPORE SUPER SERIES 2007 S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
18/03/2007 WILSON SWISS OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
11/03/2007 YONEX ALL ENGLAND SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
28/01/2007 YONEX KOREA OPEN SUPER SERIES S.Series 6420.00 Semi-Finalist
02/09/2006 YONEX SUNRISE HONG KONG OPEN 2006 6* 4950.10 Quarter-Finalist

Performance timelineEdit

Indonesian teamEdit

  • Senior level
Team Events 1998
Asian Games   Gold
Team Events 2000
Thomas Cup   Gold

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Senior level
Event 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011
BWF World Championships R3 QF   Gold A   Gold A QF QF R1 R1
Event 2000 2004 2008 2012
Olympics   Gold A A GS

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Birdie Boys". AsianWeek. 2 September 2005. Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2006.
  • "Gunawan, Bach talk about their world title". U.S. Olympic Team. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  • Tony Gunawan at databaseOlympics.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 February 2007)
  • Tony Gunawan at cnnsi.com
  • Tony Gunawan at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)

External linksEdit