Verawaty Fadjrin

Verawaty Fadjrin (née Wiharjo; 1 October 1957 – 21 November 2021) was an Indonesian badminton player who won international titles spanning from the late 1970s to the end of the 1980s. Tall and powerful, at one time or another she played each of the three variations of the sport (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) at the highest world level.

Verawaty Fadjrin
Personal information
Birth nameVerawaty Wiharjo
CountryIndonesia
Born(1957-10-01)1 October 1957
Jakarta, Indonesia
Died21 November 2021(2021-11-21) (aged 64)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
HandednessRight
EventWomen's singles & doubles
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  Indonesia
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Jakarta Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Jakarta Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1989 Jakarta Mixed doubles
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1986 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1979 Tokyo Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Kyoto Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1982 Kuala Lumpur Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1979 Tokyo Women's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Jakarta Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Kuala Lumpur Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Bangkok Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Guangzhou Women's doubles
Sudirman Cup
Gold medal – first place 1989 Jakarta Mixed team
Uber Cup
Silver medal – second place 1978 Auckland Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1981 Tokyo Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1986 Jakarta Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Nagoya–Tokyo Women's team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1978 Bangkok Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1978 Bangkok Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Seoul Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Women's doubles
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Bandar Lampung Women's doubles
Southeast Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1977 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1979 Jakarta Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1979 Jakarta Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1981 Manila Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Manila Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1981 Manila Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1985 Bangkok Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1987 Jakarta Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1987 Jakarta Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1987 Jakarta Women's team
Gold medal – first place 1989 Kuala Lumpur Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 1989 Kuala Lumpur Women's team
Silver medal – second place 1977 Kuala Lumpur Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1979 Jakarta Women's singles
Silver medal – second place 1985 Bangkok Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1989 Kuala Lumpur Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1977 Kuala Lumpur Women's doubles
BWF profile
Political partyGerindra
Spouse(s)
Fadjrin Biduin Aham
(m. 1979)

CareerEdit

During a relatively brief period as a regular singles competitor, Fadjrin won the 1980 IBF World Championships in Jakarta over fellow countrywoman Ivana Lie.[1] She had been runner-up to Denmark's Lene Køppen at the All England Open Championships that year.[2] She won the Southeast Asian Games title in 1981 and the Indonesia Open in 1982. Most of her early titles in women's doubles were in partnership with Imelda Wiguno. Together, they won the Asian Games (1978), the Danish Open (1979), the Canadian Open (1979), the All England (1979), and the Southeast Asian Games (1981). They were runners-up at the World Championships in 1980,[3] and Fadjrin was runner-up at the 1982 All England with another fellow countrywoman Ruth Damayanti.[4]

Following a hiatus in her international badminton career from 1983 to 1985, Fadjrin enjoyed impressive success in her late twenties and early thirties. She shared the women's doubles title at the Indonesia Open in 1986 and 1988, and finished second with Ivana Lie at the World Grand Prix Finals in 1986. Her greatest success late in her career, however, came in mixed doubles, which she had rarely played earlier. She won the 1986 and 1988 Malaysia Opens with Bobby Ertanto and Eddy Hartono respectively. In 1989, Fadjrin and Hartono won the World Grand Prix Finals, and the Dutch and Indonesia Opens together. They also reached the final round of the 1989 IBF World Championships in Jakarta, but could not overcome South Korea's Chung Myung-hee and the formidable Park Joo-bong.

Fadjrin led Indonesian Uber Cup (women's international) teams that finished second to Japan in 1978 and 1981, and to China in 1986. Of the seven matches won and the fourteen matches lost by Indonesia, collectively, in the final rounds of these three competitions, she was involved in six of the wins and only three of the losses. She also helped Indonesia win the Sudirman Cup (combined men's and women's team championship) over South Korea in 1989, her final year of international play.

AchievementsEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1980 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Ivana Lie 11–1, 11–3   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1980 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Imelda Wiguno   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
12–15, 3–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Park Joo-bong
  Chung Myung-hee
9–15, 9–15   Silver

World CupEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan   Lene Køppen 11 –12, 11–3, 7–11   Bronze
1982 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Lene Køppen 2–11, 10–12   Silver

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan   Imelda Wiguno   Emiko Ueno
  Yoshiko Yonekura
3–15, 7–15   Silver
1980 Kyoto, Japan   Imelda Wiguno   Atsuko Tokuda
  Yoshiko Yonekura
12–15, 14–17   Silver
1986 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Ivanna Lie   Rosiana Tendean
  Imelda Wiguno
3–15, 14–15   Bronze
1987 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Rosiana Tendean   Han Aiping
  Li Lingwei
15–3, 10–15, 12–15   Bronze
1988 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand   Yanti Kusmiati   Chung So-young
  Kim Yun-ja
15–9, 8–15, 5–15   Bronze
1989 Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Yanti Kusmiati   Chung So-young
  Hwang Hye-young
11-15, 6-15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Clark
15–8, 17–15   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok, Thailand   Imelda Wiguno   Qiu Yufang
  Zheng Huiming
  Gold
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Lili Tampi   Guan Weizhen
  Nong Qunhua
8–15, 4–15   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1990 Beijing Gymnasium, Beijing, China   Eddy Hartono   Park Joo-bong
  Chung Myung-hee
7–15, 15–7, 3–15   Silver

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1988 Bandar Lampung, Indonesia   Yanti Kusmiati   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
18–16, 18–14   Gold

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1977 Selangor Badminton Association Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Sylvia Ng 11–4, 4–11, 6–11   Silver
1979 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Ivanna Lie 8–11, 11–8, 9–12   Silver
1981 Camp Crame Gymnasium, Manila, Philippines   Ivanna Lie 6–11, 11–4, 11–7   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1977 Selangor Badminton Association Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Imelda Wiguno   Porntip Buntanon
  Thongkam Kingmanee
  Bronze
1979 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   Imelda Wiguno   Ruth Damayanti
  Theresia Widiastuti
15–4, 15–2   Gold
1981 Camp Crame Gymnasium, Manila, Philippines   Ruth Damayanti   Theresia Widiastuti
  Imelda Wiguno
15–13, 15–4   Gold
1985 Chulalongkorn University Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Elizabeth Latief   Rosiana Tendean
  Imelda Wiguno
2–15, 4–15   Silver
1987 Kuningan Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia   Rosiana Tendean   Yanti Kusmiati
  Erma Sulistianingsih
17–14, 15–17, 15–10   Gold
1989 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Yanti Kusmiati   Erma Sulistianingsih
  Rosiana Tendean
6–15, 6–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1987 Kuningan Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Richard Mainaky
  Yanti Kusmiati
15–9, 17–14   Gold
1989 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Eddy Hartono   Aryono Miranat
  Minarti Timur
  Gold

International TournamentsEdit

The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation from 1983 to 2006.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1979 Canada Open   Fumiko Tookairin 11–5, 7–11, 9–12   Runner-up
1980 All England Open   Lene Køppen 2–11, 6–11   Runner-up
1982 Indonesia Open   Sumiko Kitada 11–8, 12–10   Winner

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1978 Denmark Open   Imelda Wiguno   Emiko Ueno
  Yoshiko Yonekura
15–8, 8–15, 15–4   Winner
1979 All England Open   Imelda Wiguno   Mikiko Takada
  Atsuko Tokuda
15–3, 10–15, 15–5   Winner
1979 Canada Open   Imelda Wiguno   Mikiko Takada
  Atsuko Tokuda
7–15, 15–12, 15–7   Winner
1982 Japan Open   Ruth Damayanti   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
15–3, 7–15, 12–15   Runner-up
1982 Chinese Taipei Open   Ruth Damayanti   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
8–15, 17–18   Runner-up
1982 All England Open   Ruth Damayanti   Lin Ying
  Wu Dixi
8–15, 5–15   Runner-up
1985 Malaysia Open   Dwi Elmiyati   Gillian Clark
  Gillian Gowers
10–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1986 Chinese Taipei Open   Ivanna Lie   Sumiko Kitada
  Harumi Kohara
15–11, 15–8   Winner
1986 China Open   Ivanna Lie   Kim Yun-ja
  Yoo Sang-hee
15–8, 15–10   Winner
1986 Malaysia Open   Ivanna Lie   Lin Ying
  Wu Jianqiu
4–15, 8–15   Runner-up
1986 Indonesia Open   Ivanna Lie   Rosiana Tendean
  Imelda Wiguno
17–15, 15–2   Winner
1986 World Grand Prix Finals   Ivanna Lie   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
10–15, 6–15   Runner-up
1987 Indonesia Open   Susi Susanti   Ivana Lie
  Rosiana Tendean
4–15, 16–17   Runner-up
1988 Indonesia Open   Yanti Kusmiati   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
15–6, 6–15, 15–8   Winner
1989 Indonesia Open   Yanti Kusmiati   Erma Sulistianingsih
  Rosiana Tendean
7–15, 9–15   Runner-up
1990 French Open   Ivana Lie   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
2–15, 1–15   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Canada Open   Ade Chandra   Christian Hadinata
  Imelda Wiguno
6–15, 1–15   Runner-up
1986 Malaysia Open   Bobby Ertanto   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Gilks
15–7, 18–15   Winner
1988 Malaysia Open   Eddy Hartono   Wang Pengren
  Shi Fangjing
15–9, 15–7   Winner
1988 Indonesia Open   Bobby Ertanto   Eddy Hartono
  Erma Sulistianingsih
9–15, 11–15   Runner-up
1989 Dutch Open   Eddy Hartono   Rudy Gunawan
  Rosiana Tendean
15–5, 15–5   Winner
1989 Indonesia Open   Eddy Hartono   Rudy Gunawan
  Rosiana Tendean
15–7, 15–2   Winner
1989 World Grand Prix Finals   Eddy Hartono   Thomas Lund
  Pernille Dupont
12–15, 15–7, 15–6   Winner
  IBF Grand Prix tournament
  IBF Grand Prix Finals tournament

Invitational TournamentEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1976 Asian Invitational Championships   Liang Qiuxia 11–8, 0–11, 5–11   Silver

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ron Willis, "The Eclipse of Lene," Badminton, August 1980, 22, 23.
  2. ^ Peter Jessup, "Again, it's Lene," Badminton, May 1980, 24, 33.
  3. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 110.
  4. ^ Pat Davis, "All Change at Wembley," World Badminton. June 1982, 12, 13.

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