Indonesian Olympic News Update
Susi Susanti: Competition in Women's Singles is fierce
 20 Apr 2022
Writer : NOC Team
Susi Susanti: Competition in Women's Singles is fierce - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Indonesian Badminton legend Susi Susanti believes that the competition in women's singles is fierce. Therefore Indonesia has its work cut out for them to win medals in SEA Games or Asian Games.

In an interview with NOC Indonesia, Susi said that Indonesia is competing with many countries in Asia.

"In women's singles, there are a lot of formidable players from Asia, so the competition is fierce. We need to work extra hard to earn a medal," said Susi regarding Indonesia's chance at the SEA Games and Asian Games.

The eight-time medalist in SEA Games said Indonesia needs to pay attention to at least nine countries.

"From the world ranking and tournaments, apart from China, Japan, and South Korea, there's also Chinese Taipei, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia," explains Susi.

Indonesia last took home the women's singles gold medal at the SEA Games in 2013. Bellaetrix Manuputty won gold after defeating Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan (9-21, 21-13, 21-13).

In Asian Games, Indonesia has only once won the gold medal. At the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, Minarni came out on top in an All-Indonesian Final, defeating Corry Kawilarang.

Susi said several factors make it difficult to compete with other countries.

"We don't have as many talents coming through compared to men's. That impacts regeneration, again compared to men's singles or doubles. That's why in the women's sector, we're yet where we want to be in terms of achievements," she added.

But Susi believes that PBSI (national federation of badminton) has prepared development programs to produce the next generation of athletes.

"I believe that PBSI has prepared a development program for all sectors, not just women's. We need to work hard to produce the next generation of players and create new achievements," adds Susi.

Susi name-checked two players that caught her eye. Both Gregoria Mariska and Putri Kusuma Wardani are the players to watch in women's singles.

"Gregoria Mariska is still our leading player in women's singles. But we also have Putri KW (Kusuma Wardani). She's starting to show her potential," Susi concluded.