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"The 13th DAIHATSU astec open" Match report by Bellaetrix Special Interview with Liliyana

About DAIHATSU astec open

The DAIHATSU astec open is an annual badminton tournament in Indonesia that provides high-quality competition for young shuttlers in Asia. In line with the Daihatsu's objective of promoting badminton from a young age, this most prominent youth badminton tournament hosted its 13th event in 7 cities in Indonesia with the new record as 4,992 total number of participants ranging from age 11 until veteran players.

After previous series in 7 cities in Indonesia, starting from Pekanbaru (4-8 April), Bandar Lampung (24-28 April), Balikpapan (16-20 May), Makassar (12-16 July), Malang (25-29 July), Semarang (16-19 August) and last in Jakarta, finally DAIHATSU astec open ended with the Final Round on September 23rd at Tanjung Priok Youth Center, Sunter, North Jakarta.

Organizer’s Comment

‘’I had such high hopes for the tournament and the huge competitor pool was a testament to that. I knew how important it was to run a competition that primarily focuses on youth development and I feel proud that I’m helping the community grow. With Daihatsu’s sponsorship, I promise that the event will be bigger and better next year” says Mr. Alan.
Alexander Alan BUDIKUSUMA (born 29 March, 1968)
Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia Head Of Sponsorships. A gold medalist in Barcelona Olympic in 1992, was proud that the DAIHATSU astec open drew such a positive response from both young competitors and parents alike.
The Astec brand started on the foundation of providing affordable badminton equipment to the masses in Indonesia, and he was proud to see a high turnout during its tenth year.

Tournament Report

Amongst some heated games, U17 single female and U13 single male games became crowd favorite above all. Cheers from audience, their families and supporters, also the stick balloons overcrowd the venue. Players were showing their impressive skills as the game drew attention to the VVIP Guest like Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia Chairman, Mr. Wiranto.

“Since in early age, I’ve already played badminton, maybe since I was in kindergarten. My dream is someday I can reach the world stage and this is the beginning path for me,” said Alwi Farhan, the U13 single male winner.

The awarding session was also the special part as some principal guests coming; such as Youth and Sport Minister, Mr. Imam Nahrawi and Mr. Wiranto and also some national badminton legends; to grant the trophy for winners.

“We are extremely happy because in every Daihatsu Astec series we held, the game and also audience are always great and full of enthusiastic,” said Mr. Alan Budikusuma.

In an effort to promote inclusiveness to nurture the Indonesia’s budding shuttlers, badminton player Bellaetrix Manuputty made an appearance before her final game at the courtside to give support and advice to her fellow young players.

Said Bellaetrix “These types of tournaments allow for people of different diversities and skills to get together and play a sport that they love.”

Winner’s Coverage

Alwi Farhan from PB Exist (U13 Single Male Winner)
Alwi Farhan from PB Exist
(U13 Single Male Winner)
Alwi Farhan from PB Exist (U13 Single Male Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

Very happy. This is quite a tough winning.

What is your next goal?

Preparing for the next tournament. I hope someday I can reach the world stage.

Which Badminton player do you like?

LEE Chong Wei

Natiqotul Wardah Fil Karomah from Jaya Raya (U13 Single Female Winner)
Natiqotul Wardah Fil Karomah from Jaya Raya
(U13 Single Female Winner)
Natiqotul Wardah Fil Karomah from Jaya Raya (U13 Single Female Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

I am so happy.

What is your next goal?

I want to win the National Championship.

Which Badminton player do you like?

There’s a lot. Susi Susanti, Maria KristinYulianti and my coach (ex-national player), Adriyanti Firdasari

Iqbal Diaz Saputra from PB Exist (U15 Single Male Winner)
Iqbal Diaz Saputra from PB Exist
(U15 Single Male Winner)
Iqbal Diaz Saputra from PB Exist (U15 Single Male Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

Very happy.

What is your next goal?

To win the National Championship and be the best.

Which Badminton player do you like?

LIN Dan

Irgi Apprilla Hizkia Rifa Putri from PB Exist (U17 Single Female Winner)
Irgi Apprilla Hizkia Rifa Putri from PB Exist
(U17 Single Female Winner)
Irgi Apprilla Hizkia Rifa Putri from PB Exist (U17 Single Female Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

Happy. Because this is my 4th title in this year and I am satisfied.

What is your next goal?

To be the world champion. It’s my dream.

Which Badminton player do you like?

TAI Tzu Ying

Rahmat Hidayat / Shelandry Vyola from PB Djarum (U17 Mixed Double Winner)
Rahmat Hidayat / Shelandry Vyola from PB Djarum
(U17 Mixed Double Winner)
Rahmat Hidayat / Shelandry Vyola from PB Djarum (U17 Mixed Double Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

A little bit surprised. Because mostly the players are our seniors while we are too young. But our coach decide that we should try and unexpectedly, we can make it and win.

What is your next goal?

To win the National Championship.

Which Badminton player do you like?

Liliyana NATSIR and Kevin Sanjaya SUKAMULIO

Christian Adinata from Tangkas Intiland (U19 Single Male Winner)
Christian Adinata from Tangkas Intiland
(U19 Single Male Winner)
Christian Adinata from Tangkas Intiland (U19 Single Male Winner)

What are your honest thoughts on winning the tournament?

Very happy. This final game is a long game and finally I did it.

What is your next goal?

To win Asian Youth tournament.

Which Badminton player do you like?

Viktor AXELSEN

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Match Report by Bellaetrix MANUPUTTY

I was impressed by the amount of people that showed up to support their kids! This means a lot to the young players and they will grow up knowing that their family and friends are supporting their journey.

Also, it was good to see that there were a lot of competition in the different age groups. This shows that our young players are not afraid to sign up for local tournaments to help them develop into a better player.

I think there’s a lot of potential on display! It’s more important for the kids to have fun before they develop a good understanding of the game.

They were all so competitive but it’s enlightening to see the kids smiling and being all sportsmanlike with one another.

As for myself, since I was participating too, this game means a lot for me. This is also my opportunity to come back to the court. I am so happy to be part of this event.

Award ceremony was quite well done, and it’s nice seeing all the smiling faces from everyone. It’s important for these young competitors to celebrate their victories with their family and friends.

Special message from Bellaetrix

Keep training hard but always remember to take care of your body.
You have to sacrifice a lot if you want to be a top athlete so spending quality time with the ones closest to you will make everything feel ok. Just do your best as always. Never give up to reach your dream.
Bellaetrix MANUPUTTY (born 11 October, 1988)
She is an Indonesian women Badminton player.
She first gained fame as Runner Up at the 2010 Sunkist Surabaya International Challenge. And in the same year, she became Champion at the Djarum Sirkuit National Medan. Her first International senior achievement was the winner of 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzen.

How did tournaments such as the DAIHATSU astec open help young athletes
to become a world champion like yourself, Liliyana NATSIR?

International youth tournaments were crucial in my development when I was just starting out.

Tournaments such as the DAIHATSU astec open offer young players the opportunities who are looking to compete and graduate to the elite level. I felt it allowed me to obtain the required level of international exposure when I competed amongst the best players at that group age.

I think the future of badminton in Indonesia is in good hands. We saw a few promising players during the SEA Games 2017. Our team performed well to secure themselves two Gold and four Bronze medals.

Additionally, our Youth and Sports Minister announced that there would be more focus to develop and support our badminton athletes during the upcoming Asian Games.

Special message from Liliyana

Always remain hungry for success and never stop learning regardless if you win or lose.
Also, do try to participate in a lot of badminton tournaments because it helps you find your own badminton identity.
Liliyana NATSIR (born 9 September, 1985)
She is an Indonesian female badminton player who specializes in doubles. With one gold and silver from Olympic Games and four gold medals at BWF World Championships, she is regarded as one of the greatest mixed doubles players in the history.

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