Indonesia is where you find some of the best men’s doubles talent in the world. However, for years the country has struggled to reclaim its glory days as a men’s singles powerhouse. Luckily, one Indonesian player is drawing the badminton world’s attention with his fast-paced play, on-court composure, and creative shot-making — Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting is one of today’s up-and-coming men’s stars from Indonesia. He has captivated the world by being a finalist in multiple high-level tournaments, defeating the likes of Anders Antonsen, Kento Momota, and Chou Tien Chen. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was an Olympic bronze medalist, Asian Games medalist, and the winner of multiple awards. He has also won several titles on the World Tour, with his most title victory taking place at the 2022 HYLO Open.
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting is perhaps the Indonesian player to watch in the men’s singles division, apart from his contemporary Jonatan Christie. Let’s kick back and take a look at Anthony Sinisuka’s career and accomplishments in my latest installment of Player Profile!
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Early Life and Junior Badminton Career
Born on May 11, 1996, in Cimahi, Bandung, Indonesia, Anthony Sinisuka Gintng started badminton at the age of five. While his parents were instrumental in his athletic development, it was his coach, Hendri Saputra, who truly nurtured his potential.
Showing promise by the age of seven, Ginting drew the attention of scouts from local badminton clubs. It wasn’t long before he joined the ranks of Indonesia’s PB SGS PLN — the same club that trained the legendary Taufik Hidayat.
By age nine, he was a competitor in various local tournaments. He made his international junior debut when he turned 15.
Ginting’s first international-grade tournament was at the 2011 Junior Challenge Open Badminton Championships. At the tournament, he advanced as far as the round of 64 stages.
In 2013, he played at the Vietnam International Challenge, where he made it to the qualifying stages. Unfortunately, he made an early exit at the hands of Malaysia’s Teoh Khai Siang.
Months later, Ginting won his first junior title at the 2013 Junior International Challenge. The victory was special since he won on home soil.
In 2014, Ginting took home two bronze medals — one at the 2014 World Junior Championships and another at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Senior Debut: Finding His Bearings
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting made his senior debut in 2015. He kicked off his debut year with several performances in the International Series, Grand Prix, and Superseries.
2015 wasn’t a particularly successful year for the debuting Ginting. In most tournaments, he made early exits at the hands of more experienced opponents. However, he eventually found his form later in the year as he advanced to the semis of the 2015 Vietnam Open. In October, he found himself as one of the semifinalists at the prestigious and talent-stacked Chinese Taipei Grand Prix.
Ginting capped off his debut year with two more semifinal finishes. He finished as a runner-up at the 2015 Hong Kong Open and the 2015 Indonesian Masters.
Looking at his debut, you can see that Ginting didn’t have the best of starts. Over time, though, he did find his bearings.
As we all know, once a player gets their footing on the badminton ladder, there’s no other way to go but up.
2016 to 2018: Asia Team Championships, Korea Open, and First World Series Titles
In 2016, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting became one of the top picks for Indonesia’s Thomas Cup and Asia Team Championship delegations. At the 2016 Thomas Cup, he put on an impressive showing in the men’s singles events, winning three out of his four matches. His contributions were instrumental in the Indonesian team’s 2016 runner-up finish at the event.
Later in 2016, Ginting was part of Indonesia’s team at the Asian Team Championships. There, Ginting defeated China’s Chen Long in the semifinals, causing Indonesia to advance to the semis. Ginting’s contributions were essential to Indonesia securing the 3-2 win over Japan and the 2016 Asian Team Championship victory.
In 2017, Ginting bagged his first individual senior title. At the 2016 Korea Open, Ginting defeated fellow Indonesian Jonatan Christie in the finals in a thrilling three-game match.
Confident in his victory, Ginting started 2018 on a high note at the World Tour. There, Ginting won his second individual title at the 2018 Indonesia Masters. Months later, Ginting defeated Japanese superstar Kento Momota in the finals of the 2018 China Open. Ginting bested Momota in straight sets to win another World Tour title in 2018.
2019 to 2022: Years Spent on World Tour and Olympic Podiums!
In 2019, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting was a podium mainstay at the World Tour. For much of the year, he was a finalist in several tournaments, including the Swiss Open, Singapore Open, Australian Open, and China Open. Ginting also capped off 2019 by being a runner-up at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals.
In January 2020, Ginting won his first senior title on home soil as he chalked up a stellar title victory at the 2020 Indonesia Masters. However, the COVID-19 pandemic stifled the young player’s momentum as event cancellations took place after March.
Luckily, the up-and-coming Ginting was back in action in 2021. In January 2021, he took home bronze at the 2021 Thailand Open. However, perhaps his most impressive podium finish came seven months later in Tokyo.
At the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Ginting scored the upset of the century by defeating Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the quarterfinals. Despite exiting the semis, Ginting’s performance was enough for an Olympic bronze medal and the admiration of fans worldwide.
In 2022, he followed up his Olympic performance with more stellar outings on the World Tour. Fresh off his Olympic performance, he won the 2022 Singapore Open. Ginting then capped off his 2022 World Tour campaign with another title victory at the 2022 HYLO Open.
No Way But Up
If Anthony Sinisuka Ginting’s career shows us one thing, it’s that it doesn’t matter how you start. Ginting is living proof that in badminton and life, it’s all about the progress you make.
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting began a senior career with poor results and losses, but over time he began finding his way, bagging multiple titles and defeating the sport’s modern greats.
It just goes to show you that anything is possible when you stick to your game. What’s next for this up-and-comer? Who knows? All we can do is stay tuned to the matches and rankings!
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