RONALD Susilo has a famous brother in-law in Olympic doubles and All-England champion Candra Wijaya. He himself has never hogged the limelight. Until Wednesday when he sent former world champion Peter Rasmussen out of the World Championships.
The Singaporean came back from a game down in the second round to win 8-15, 15-12, 15-5 and dash the once-great Dane's dreams of reclaiming the world title.
It was Susilo's best ever career achievement in the world championships after having lost to Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat in the second round in Seville two years ago.
The 24-year-old however lost to former compatriot Sony Dwi Kuncoro 9-15, 13-15 yesterday, but the Indonesian-born Susilo has already made his point.
Not bad at all for a lad who came to Singapore to study.
“I never thought of playing for Singapore at first. However, I was given the support and proper coaching.
“That made me decide to render my services for Singapore four years ago,” said Susilo.
He finally received his citizenship and represented his country in the Manchester Commonwealth Games, where he lost to eventual winner Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the second round.
On his relations with Candra, Susilo said it started two years ago.
“He courted my sister. He is not just my brother-in-law but also my role model.”
On his match with Rasmussen, Susilo said they had never met before.
The 29 year-old Rasmussen, who became the first European in 22 years to win the world title when he beat China's Sun Jun in Glasgow '97, started strongly.
The Dane showed a splendid display of attacking badminton and pummelled Susilo with a series of overhead smashes.
Rasmussen wrapped up the first game in twenty minutes but Susilo got his second wind after that.
He cleverly moved Rasmussen around the court and tightened his defence. And the rest was history.
Susilo said he hopes is to pick up ranking points now to qualify for the Olympics in Athens next year.
“It is my dream to be able to made it to the Olympics,” he declared.