Jonatan Christie
2017 Sea Games Badminton - Jonatan Christie .jpg
Christie in 2017
Personal information
Birth nameLeonardus Jonatan Christie[1]
CountryIndonesia
Born (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 24)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
HandednessRight
CoachHendry Saputra & Irwansyah
Men's singles
Career record244 wins, 119 losses
Highest ranking4 (6 August 2019)
Current ranking7 (2 August 2022)
BWF profile

Leonardus Jonatan Christie (born 15 September 1997) is an Indonesian badminton player specializing in the singles discipline affiliated with the Tangkas Specs club.[2] He won the men's singles title at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and at the 2018 Asian Games. Christie was part of Indonesia's winning team at the 2020 Thomas Cup.

Career

Christie has called to joining the Indonesia national team centre in 2012, when he reached the semi-finals of the 2012 National Championships in Solo, Central Java.[3]

In July 2013, Christie won his first international senior title at the age of 15 in the Indonesia International Challenge, after beating the experienced Alamsyah Yunus who is 11 years older than him in the final by 21–17, 21–10.[4]

Christie started the 2014 season ranked as a number 1 in the boys' singles of the BWF junior ranking. Although still competing in the junior tournament, Christie again has reached the finals of the senior event in the 2014 Indonesia International Challenge, but he has not managed to defend his title after being defeated by the Korean veteran Lee Hyun-il by 5 sets, 10–11, 11–9, 11–5, 8–11, 3–11.[5] In October, he the won the Swiss International.[6]

In 2017, Christie reaching the finals of the Thailand Open a Grand Prix event, and later at the Korea Open a Superseries event. He was defeated by B. Sai Praneeth in Thailand and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in Korea.[7][8] In August, he won the gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games in the men's singles and team event.[9]

In 2018, Christie and the Indonesian men's team managed to defend the Asia Team Championships title after beating China 3–1 in the final.[10] In May, he advanced to the finals of the New Zealand Open, but was beaten by the two time Olympic champion Lin Dan in straight games.[11] At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, he won 21–18, 20–22, 21–15 over Chou Tien-chen and took the badminton men's singles gold medal for Indonesia.[12] In the team event, he helped Indonesia team earn silver medal.[13]

Christie opened the 2019 season as number 11 in the BWF World ranking. He played at the Malaysia Masters, but had to defeat in the second round to reigning Olympic champion Chen Long, the head-to-head record between the players stood at 0–6.[14] He then lost in the semi-finals of the Indonesia Masters to Anders Antonsen in straight games.[15] In March Europe tour, he fell in the early stages of the All England and Swiss Opens.[16][17] In April, he advance to the semi-finals os the Malaysia Open beating World number 1 Kento Momota in the second round, and Viktor Axelsen in the quarter-finals, both in straight games.[18] His pace then was stopped by Chen Long in rubber games.[19] This result allowed him to beat four out of the world's top five men's singles players (Kento Momota, Shi Yuqi, Chou Tien-chen and Viktor Axelsen) in the BWF World rankings.[20] A week later in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open, Axelsen avenged his previous defeat in a close rubber games, with a score of 24–22, 18–21, and 22–24.[21]

In May 2019, Christie claimed two titles in the Oceania tour, by winning the New Zealand and Australian Opens.[22][23] Christie then reached the finals of the Super 750 event, the Japan and French Opens.[24][25] The other results of Christie in 2019 was the semi-finalists in the Hong Kong Open; the quarter-finalists in the Korea, Indonesia, Fuzhou China Opens and the World Championships. His unsatisfactory results came from the China Open and the Asian Championships, where he was defeated in the first round.[26] He then qualified to World Tour Finals, but failed in the group stage.[27] He reached a career high of number four in the BWF World ranking on 6 August 2019.[28]

Christie competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He topped the group G standings after beating Aram Mahmoud and Loh Kean Yew.[29] His pace was stopped in the round of 16 as he lost to Shi Yuqi of China in straight games.[30]

In September–October 2021, Christie alongside Indonesia team competed at the 2021 Sudirman Cup in Vantaa, Finland. He played a match in the group stage against Brian Yang of Canada, but was defeated in the rubber games.[31] Indonesia team advanced to the knocked-out stage, but stopped in the quarter-finals to Malaysia.[32] In the next tournament, he helped Indonesia team won the World Men's Team Championships, the 2020 Thomas Cup.[33]

In the first half of the 2022 season, Christie has won a title in the Swiss Open, runners-up in the Korea Open and Asian Championships. After being defeated in the second round of the German Open, Christie has tested positive COVID-19. Luckily, he tested negative after performing two tests, and was able to compete in the next tournament in Birmingham.[34] At the All England Open, he stopped in the quarter-finals to Chou Tien-chen. He then claimed his first World Tour title in two-and-a-half years going back to the 2019 Australian Open, winning the Swiss Open.[35] In April, he finished runner-up at the Korea Open to Weng Hongyang of China.[36] He then won a silver medal at the Manila Asian Championships, after in the final he was beaten by Lee Zii Jia in straight games.[37]

Filmography

In 2009, he made a supporting cast appearance in badminton-themed film King.[38] The film, directed by Ari Sihasale and dedicated to the legendary Liem Swie King, also featured cameos by many notable badminton players such as King himself, Hariyanto Arbi, Hastomo Arbi, Ellen Angelina, Ivana Lie, Rosiana Tendean, Maria Kristin Yulianti, Fransisca Ratnasari, and in their youth, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Rafiddias Akhdan Nugroho, Cisita Joity Jansen, Uswatun Khasanah, and Intan Dwi Jayanti.

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Result Ref.
Gatra Awards 2021 Sports Category with 2020 Thomas Cup squad Won [39]
Golden Award SIWO PWI 2019 Favorite Male Athlete Nominated [40]
Favorite Team with 2018 Asian Games men's badminton team Nominated [40]
Indonesian Sport Awards 2018 Favorite Male Athlete Nominated [41]

Achievements

Asian Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–18, 20–22, 21–15
Gold
Gold
[12]

Asian Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2022 Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines Malaysia Lee Zii Jia 17–21, 21–23
Gold
Silver
[37]

Southeast Asian Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result Ref
2017 Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thailand Khosit Phetpradab 21–19, 21–10
Gold
Gold
[9]

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[42] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[43]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result Ref
2018 New Zealand Open Super 300 China Lin Dan 14–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [11]
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 Hong Kong Ng Ka Long 21–12, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner [22]
2019 Australian Open Super 300 Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21–17, 13–21, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner [23]
2019 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Kento Momota 16–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [24]
2019 French Open Super 750 China Chen Long 19–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [25]
2022 Swiss Open Super 300 India Prannoy H. S. 21–12, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner [35]
2022 Korea Open Super 500 China Weng Hongyang 21–12, 19–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [36]

BWF Superseries (1 runner-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[44] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[45] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result Ref
2017 Korea Open Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 13–21, 21–19, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [8]
  BWF Super Series tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament

BWF Grand Prix (1 runner-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result Ref
2017 Thailand Open India B. Sai Praneeth 21–17, 18–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [7]
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result Ref
2013 Indonesia International Indonesia Alamsyah Yunus 21–17, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner [4]
2014 Indonesia International South Korea Lee Hyun-il 10–11, 11–9, 11–5, 8–11, 3–11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up [5]
2014 Swiss International Hong Kong Ng Ka Long 9–11, 9–11, 11–6, 11–9, 11–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner [6]
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

Team events 2013 2014
Asian Junior Championships A QF
World Junior Championships S S
Team events 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Southeast Asian Games NH G NH G NH G NH A NH
Asia Team Championships NH G NH G NH G NH A
Asian Games QF NH S NH
Thomas Cup A NH S NH B NH G NH S
Sudirman Cup NH B NH RR NH B NH QF NH

Individual competitions

Events 2013 2014
Asian Junior Championships A QF
World Junior Championships QF QF
Events 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Southeast Asian Games NH QF NH G NH A NH A NH
Asian Championships A 2R A 2R 1R NH S
Asian Games A NH G NH
World Championships DNQ NH DNQ 1R QF NH w/d QF
Olympic Games NH DNQ NH 2R NH
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Syed Modi International NH A 3R A NH A 3R ('16)
German Open A QF A NH 2R QF ('18)
All England Open A 1R A 2R 2R 1R 2R QF QF ('22)
Swiss Open A QF A 2R NH A W W ('22)
Korea Open A 2R A F SF QF NH F F ('17, '22)
Korea Masters A QF A NH A QF ('15)
Thailand Open A NH 3R A F A QF NH w/d F ('17)
1R
Indonesia Masters QF 1R QF 2R NH 1R SF QF 2R 1R SF ('19)
Indonesia Open A QF QF 2R 1R QF NH SF 2R SF ('21)
Malaysia Open A SF QF 2R SF NH SF SF ('16, '19, '22)
Malaysia Masters A 2R 2R QF QF 2R QF NH 1R QF ('17, '18, '20)
Singapore Open A 2R QF A QF NH 2R QF ('17, '19)
Chinese Taipei Open A 1R 1R A NH A 1R ('14, '15)
Japan Open A Q2 A 1R 1R F NH Q F ('19)
Vietnam Open 3R A 2R A NH 3R ('13)
Denmark Open A 2R 2R 2R A QF QF ('21)
French Open A QF 1R QF F NH w/d F ('19)
Bitburger Open A QF A QF ('16)
Macau Open A 3R A NH 3R ('15)
Hong Kong Open A Q2 A 1R QF SF NH SF ('19)
Australian Open A 1R 2R A W NH W ('19)
New Zealand Open A 3R 2R F W NH W ('19)
China Open A 2R 2R 1R NH 2R ('17, '18)
Fuzhou China Open A 2R QF NH QF ('19)
Superseries / World Tour Finals DNQ RR DNQ RR ('19)
Chinese Taipei Masters NH 3R A NH 3R ('15)
Dutch Open A QF A NH NA QF ('14)
Thailand Masters NH A 2R A NH 2R ('17)
Year-end ranking 147 94 38 22 14 11 6 7 8 4
Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Best

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi finalists, and Olympic quarter finalists. Accurate as of 27 August 2022.[46]

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