Indonesian Badminton Team Ends 14-Year "Thirst" for Uber Cup Victory


Sun May 05 2024

Uber Cup
Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo
Gregoria Mariska Tunjung
South Korea
Chinese Taipei

The courageous performance of Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo has brought an end to Indonesia's 14-year wait for an Uber Cup triumph. Wardoyo's determined display in the quarter-final match against Thailand's Supanida Katethong showcased her exceptional talent and fighting spirit.

Facing physical challenges throughout the match, 19-year-old Wardoyo refused to give in despite her exhaustion. With the support of her teammates fueling her determination, Wardoyo overcame the higher-ranked Katethong in a thrilling encounter. The Indonesian world number 38 player displayed resilience and skill to claim victory with a remarkable scoreline of 19-21, 21-19, 21-19.

Reflecting on her exhausting win, Wardoyo shared, "I was leading in the third set but was too tired to move. I just tried to gather my thoughts and felt energized by the cheers from my friends, giving me the motivation to keep going." She expressed joy over Indonesia's semi-final berth, acknowledging the strength of her opponent and the lessons learned from past defeats.

The perfect start for Indonesia continued as Gregoria Mariska Tunjung secured a historic victory against former world number 1 Ratchanok Intanon. Tunjung, who had never defeated Intanon in their eight previous encounters, showcased a breakthrough performance with a score of 22-20, 21-18. Thailand failed to recover from this initial setback, as the challenge of Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Rawinda Prajongjai also fell short against Apriyani Rahayu / Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti, resulting in a 17-21, 14-21 defeat.

Meanwhile, in the other quarter-final match, South Korea dominated Chinese Taipei with a comprehensive 3-0 victory, not dropping a single game.

Indonesia's triumph in the Uber Cup after 14 years signifies a remarkable achievement for the badminton powerhouse. The resilience and determination displayed by Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo, along with the stellar performances of her teammates, have propelled Indonesia into the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.