Indonesia has a reputation for producing top badminton talent in every division. As the sport thrives in the country, younger players break into the BWF rankings, adding to the country’s impressive resume of badminton stars. Among these younger players are Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti — badminton’s hottest up-and-coming mixed doubles duo.
Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktaviani form one of Indonesia’s most promising young mixed doubles pairs. The young duo has bagged multiple titles in the World Tour. Their most significant World Tour title victory was in 2020 when they won the 2020 All England. Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktaviani also won the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. In that same year, the pair’s performances on the SEA Games and World Tour led to a nomination for the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Most Improved Player Award.
Indonesia Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti are amassing several accolades to be the pair to watch. Learn more about one of the fastest-rising Indonesian pairs in my latest edition of Player Profile!
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Praveen Jordan’s Early Life and Badminton Achievements
Praveen Jordan was born on April 26, 1994. A native of Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Jordan spent his childhood trying multiple sports. It wasn’t long until his parents introduced him to badminton.
After playing recreationally, Praveen Jordan was hooked. Soon, Jordan began playing competitively, taking part in local junior badminton meets.
By the time he turned 14, he already had enough playing experience for the national team. He officially became a junior national team member in 2008.
Three years later, Praveen Jordan won his first junior medal. Jordan bagged his first medal at the 2011 Badminton Asia Junior Championships after advancing to the semis.
Melati Daeva Oktavianti’s Early Life and Badminton Career
Melati Daeva Oktavianti was born on October 28, 1994, in Serang, Indonesia. As a child, Oktavianti took to badminton at an early age. By the time she was 14, she had caught the attention of numerous badminton clubs — including the World-renowned PB Djarum.
Specializing in doubles, the young Melati Daeva Oktavianti won numerous titles in her junior career. She won her first mixed doubles title at the 2012 Dutch Junior.
Less than a month after the Dutch Junior, she won back-to-back doubles titles at the 2012 German Junior and 2012 Banuinvest International. In October, she won the 2012 World Junior Championships in mixed doubles alongside Edi Subaktiar.
2018 Partnership and 2019 World Tour Success
Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti paired up at the start of 2018. The newly-formed duo kicked their partnership off at the World Tour, debuting at the 2018 Malaysia Masters. After the Malaysia Masters, the pair bagged an impressive runner-up finish at the 2018 India Open after advancing to the finals.
Perhaps the team’s most successful World Tour run was in 2019.
Between March and October, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti strung together a series of runner-up finishes. They bagged silver at the 2019 India Open, the 2019 New Zealand Open, the 2019 Australian Open, and the 2019 Japan Open.
Having built momentum from a series of podium-worthy finishes, Jordan and Oktavianti finally won their first World Tour title at the 2019 Denmark Open. The pair took home their first title after defeating China’s Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping in a nail-biting three-game match.
They followed up their impressive Denmark Open victory with another title haul at the 2019 French Open.
2019 SEA Games
Besides winning numerous World Tour titles, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti also won the Southeast Asian Games towards the end of 2019.
At the 2019 SEA Games, Jordan and Oktavianti breezed to the finals after defeating Malaysia’s Tan Kien Meng and Lai Peng Jing in the semis. Awaiting them in the finals was another Malaysian team — the pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.
The two teams went back and forth early on, with Jordan and Oktavianti winning the first game narrowly. However, the Malaysian team rallied from behind in the second game to win it 21-19.
With the third game in the balance, both teams played fiercely to win. Near the one-hour mark, both teams tied at 21 points, meaning one team had to establish a two-point lead to win.
In the end, endurance prevailed as Jordan and Melati scored the critical 23rd point to win the match.
The victory got them their first SEA Games title — not a bad way to end a successful 2019 run if you ask me.
2020 All England
Following their impressive SEA Games performance, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti set out to win their first All England title.
At the 2020 All England, Jordan and Oktavianti dominated the mixed doubles event to reach the finals. In the finals, they faced Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
Jordan and Oktavianti snagged the first game decisively. However, Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai came back from behind to win the second game.
The attempt at a comeback took a toll on the Thai team. As a result, Jordan and Oktavianti capitalized on the opposing team’s fatigue to win the third game.
By winning the third game, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti became the 2020 All England mixed doubles champions!
2022 Asian Championships and Praveen Jordan’s Injury
In 2022, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti participated in the Asian Championships. At the 2022 Badminton Asia Championships, Jordan and Oktavianti advanced to the semis. The semifinal match was between them and China’s Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong.
Jordan and Oktavianti were doing well early on when Jordan felt a sharp pain in his hip. The pain was so debilitating that he was unable to continue.
The injury left him and Oktavianti no alternative but to retire mid-match. As a result, the Chinese team advanced to the finals, leaving Jordan and Oktavianti to settle for bronze.
What Does the Future Hold for This Up-and-coming Duo?
Praveen Jordan has recovered from his injury and is back to full action with his partner. Since they’re at the early stages of their careers, Jordan and Oktavianti will be in action for a while.
Will they win an Olympic title? Where will they win their next World Tour title? Are they set for another All-England reign?
Anything can happen with these two. All we can do is sit back and keep our eyes on the World Rankings and match results!
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