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Jakarta Post

Tontowi ready to make Indonesia proud at Sudirman Cup

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 12 2011   /  08:00 am

Mixed doubles player Tontowi Ahmad can’t stop smiling whenever he recalls the day his neighbors flocked to a large TV placed in the front yard of his parents’ home in Selandaka village to watch him and his teammate Liliyana Natsir win the recent India Open Super Series final.

It was his first Super Series title, which the 24-year-old has determined won’t be his last. Not long
after the stint in New Delhi, Tontowi and Liliyana snatched another title at the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.

“If it wasn’t because of my father, I wouldn’t continue to play badminton at this level, which I realize is not my highest yet. That’s why I will keep improving until I reach the highest level and make my parents even prouder of me,” said the native of Purwokerto, Central Java, whose crystal clear aims are to get a world champion title this year and an Olympic gold medal i...