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A great ambassador of Indonesian badminton scene for a decade and a half, Taufik Hidayat bade adieu to emotional compatriots and supportive stadium-full fans during Djarum Indonesia Open 2013.

The 31-year-old has a special bond with this event, having won it six times, equaling Ardy Wiranata’s record en route. Since Hidayat’s first victory here in 1999, he went on to become one of the world’s most celebrated badminton personalities.

Albeit an anticlimactic end to a great campaign which included the 2004 Athens Olympic Men’s Singles gold medal and a glittering array of honours in the World Championships, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup and Asian Games, Hidayat will walk down the history lane as the Indonesian Legend.

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