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Verawaty Fadjrin (née Wiharjo; born 1 October 1957), is a former 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
Country Indonesia
Born (1957-10-01) October 1, 1957 (age 62)
Jakarta
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
HandednessRight
EventWomen's singles & doubles, Mixed doubles
Political partyGerindra
Spouse(s)
Fadjrin Biduin Aham (m. 1979)

CareerEdit

During a relatively brief period as a regular singles competitor, Verawaty won the 1980 IBF World Championships in Jakarta over fellow countrywoman Ivana Lie.[1] Verawaty had been runner-up to Denmark's Lene Koppen at the prestigious All-England 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 (Wigoeno). 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 Verawaty 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, Verawaty 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 Badminton Grand Prix 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 Verawaty and Hartono won the World Badminton Grand Prix, 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.

Verawaty 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, Verawaty 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

1980 IBF World Championships – Women's Singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round   Kong Chai Yee 11–1, 11–2 Win
Third round   Fumiko Tookairin 11–2, 11–0 Win
Quarterfinal   Joke van Beusekom 11–6, 11–1 Win
Semifinal   Taty Sumirah 11–4, 8–11, 11–3 Win
Final   Ivana Lie 11–1, 11–3   Gold

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1980 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Imelda Wiguna   Nora Perry
  Jane Webster
12–15, 3–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Istora Senayan, 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
1982 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Lene Koppen 2–11, 10–12   Silver

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1979 Tokyo, Japan   Imelda Wiguna   Emiko Ueno
  Yoshiko Yonekura
3–15, 7–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia   Eddy Hartono   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Gilks
15–8, 17–15   Gold

World Badminton Grand Prix FinalsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Ivanna Lie   Chung Myung-hee
  Hwang Hye-young
10–15, 6–15   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1989 Singapore   Eddy Hartono   Thomas Lund
  Pernille Dupont
12–15, 15–7, 15–6   Gold

Open TournamentsEdit

Women's singles

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

Women's doubles

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

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent in final Score Result
1989 Indonesia Open   Eddy Hartono   Rudy Gunawan
  Rosiana Tendean
15–7, 15–2 Winner
1989 Dutch Open   Eddy Hartono   Rudy Gunawan
  Rosiana Tendean
15–5, 15–5 Winner
1988 Indonesia Open   Bobby Ertanto   Eddy Hartono
  Erma Sulistianingsih
9–15, 11–15 Runner-up
1988 Malaysia Open   Eddy Hartono   Wang Pengren
  Shi Fangjing
15–9, 15–7 Winner
1986 Badminton World Cup   Eddy Hartono   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Gilks
15–8, 17–15 Winner
1986 Malaysia Open   Bobby Ertanto   Steen Fladberg
  Gillian Gilks
15–7, 18–15 Winner
1979 Canadian Open   Ade Chandra   Christian Hadinata
  Imelda Wiguno
6–15, 1–15 Runner-up

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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