Jonatan Christie is now happy because he won the Thomas Cup after 19 years of failure. His success is also a form of respect for his older brother, Ivan Christie, who died earlier this year due to COVID-19.
Reported by the BWF page, Jonatan Christie, who at that time became the determinant of Indonesia’s victory over China in the final match Thomas Cup 2020 directly pointing upwards, Heaven, in honor of his brother.
The past year has been a bad year for Jonathan. After the 2018 Asian Games gold medal, he managed to impress the following year by winning several tournaments, namely the 2019 New Zealand Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
But entering the 2020 season, all tournaments have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also has to deal with the trauma of the death of his older brother Ivan earlier in the year.
After his brother left, Jonatan Christie underperformed in a number of tournaments. After being eliminated in the early rounds of the Asian Leg, at the Tokyo Olympics Jonathan was stopped in the knockout round by the Chinese representative, Shi Yu Qi, in two straight games 11-21, 9-21.
“After the Olympics I felt my confidence was not good,” Jonathan said.
“I talked to the coach and my family about how to get my form back. We also spoke to psychologists, they gave me some tips to improve my performance. I’m happy to see Anthony (Ginting) get a bronze, and at the same time I’m motivating myself.” said Jonathan.
Jonathan Christie who can’t talk much at the Tokyo Olympics (AP/Dita Alangkara)
But it turns out that in the Sudirman Cup he has not been able to overcome his slump. In the preliminary round of Group C, Jonathan had to admit the superiority of a young Canadian player, Brian Yang, in a game of three games. He lost 21-9, 20-22, 18-21 to Yang.
Until finally Jonathan was able to rise in Thomas Cup. He only suffered one defeat in the preliminary round of Group A against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. He lost two games 10-21, 14-21 in 47 minutes.
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