Jakarta Asiad is Liliyana's swansong

Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad in the mixed doubles quarter-final match at the Indonesia Open yesterday, when they beat China's Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui. The Indonesian pair have withdrawn from the World Championships in China to focus on next mont
Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad in the mixed doubles quarter-final match at the Indonesia Open yesterday, when they beat China's Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui. The Indonesian pair have withdrawn from the World Championships in China to focus on next month's Asian Games in their home country.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

S'pore Open-bound Indonesian doubles specialist wants gold before retirement

In her 16-year career as a national player, Indonesian shuttler Liliyana Natsir has won almost every major title in the mixed doubles event.

Her trophy cabinet boasts two Olympic medals - a gold in Rio 2016 and a silver from Beijing 2008 - together with four world championship titles, two Asian Championships crowns and three SEA Games golds in the event.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'Jakarta Asiad is Liliyana's swansong'. Print Edition | Subscribe