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Indonesia wins All England men’s singles; First All-Indonesian final in 30 years

Jonatan Christie secured victory in the 2024 All England championship, defeating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the final, marking a significant moment for Indonesian badminton with the first all Indonesian final in 30 years.



anthony ginting and jonatan christie at All England Open Badminton Championship.
(from left; Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Jonatan Christie/PBSI)

Indonesian men’s singles badminton player Jonatan Christie secured victory in the 2024 All England championship by defeating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the final held at the Birmingham Utilita Arena on Sunday (17 Mar).

This marked a significant moment for Indonesian badminton, as it witnessed an all-Indonesian final for the first time in 30 years at the prestigious All England tournament.

The last time Indonesia dominated the men’s singles sector was in 1994 when Hariyanto Arbi emerged victorious after defeating Ardy Bernardus Wiranata.

The 2024 All England men’s singles final showcased an intense battle between Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie.

Both players, appearing in their first All-England final, delivered a thrilling match, with Christie ultimately clinching his maiden Super 1000 win.

The Super 1000 is the pinnacle of the BWF World Tour circuit, boasting the highest points and prize pool.

It comprises prestigious tournaments like the All England Open Badminton Championship, China Open, Indonesia Open, and Malaysia Open.

In a display of dominance, Christie secured victory in two straight sets, with scores of 21-15 and 21-14, respectively.

His win not only crowned him champion but also reinstated Indonesian men’s singles as a force in the All-England championship after three decades.

Reflecting on the historic moment, Christie expressed his joy, emphasizing the significance of the all-Indonesian final after such a long hiatus.

He attributed his success to hard work and divine intervention, acknowledging the challenges he faced earlier in the year.

“I am the champion here and it is very important for me. The start of 2024 has been up and down but God helped me a lot this tournament,” he said.

Ginting, despite his loss, displayed sportsmanship and gratitude towards his compatriot, highlighting their shared journey from young juniors to the grand stage of international badminton.

He acknowledged Christie’s pivotal role in his own career, stating, “If there is no Jonatan today, there is no me today.”

In addition to Christie’s victory, Indonesian men’s doubles pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto also retained their title with a convincing win over their Malaysian opponents.

“We are so happy and excited that the Indonesia team got two titles at the most prestigious tournament in the world, we hope the achievement will carry on,” Alfian said.

Alfian expressed elation at their back-to-back victory, emphasizing their commitment to consistency and excellence in every tournament.

The Indonesian team expressed gratitude to their supporters and vowed to carry their momentum forward, aiming for further success in the upcoming competitions.

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Congrats. It’s way past high time. The days of Rudy Hartono, Liem Swee King, Eddy Gunawan has been voided (blanked) for 3 decades – these people remake Indonesia proud.

Congrats once again.

This takes us not to forget the Misbun Sideks, the mohawk hairstyle supremo of Malaysian badminton. Hope our northern neighbour can recreate the Sideks again.

Denmark’s Morten Frost, England’s Gillian PRCs Tang Hsien Hu, mesmerising to watch those days.