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Jakarta Post

Liliyana/Tontowi win All England title

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 12 2012   /  09:00 am

Indonesian mixed-doubles pair Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad made history by snatching their first All England title after outclassing Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark 21-17, 21-19 in Sunday’s final.

Their victory ended Indonesia’s title drought at the prestigious event. Indonesia last won at the All England in 2003, when men’s doubles pair Sigit Budiarto and Candra Wijaya triumphed. As for mixed doubles, Indonesia last won in 1979 with Christian Hadinata and Imelda Wiguna.

“It is time for [Liliyana and Tontowi] to end my record with Imelda. I was confident that they could reach and win the final,” Christian, currently the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) national training director, said.

Christian said the victory was a favorable omen for their continued good performance during the upcoming Olympic Games in London, from Jul...