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Jakarta Post

Special Issue: Eddy Kurniawan recalls the nation's lone cup glory

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 10 2009   /  12:47 pm

In the final of the Sudirman Cup in Jakarta 20 years ago, Indonesia was trailing South Korea after the men's and women's doubles matches were completed, but the host fought back to wrap up the victory. Before the vociferous support of the home crowd in the Senayan badminton hall, Indonesia was 2-0 down after men's doubles Eddy Hartono and Rudy Gunawan and women's doubles Verawati Fajrin and Yanti Kusmiati lost their matches. The then rising star Susy Susanti notched up the first score for the team in the third tie, the women's singles, and Eddy Kurniawan ensured the game was still on with his win in the men's singles to make it 2-2 and take the showdown to a decider. "I realized that if I failed to score, Susy's victory would be meaningless," Eddy told The Jakarta Post, while recalling the daunting moments leading to the 1989 triumph. After Susy salvaged Indonesia's h...