The retirement of Liliyana Natsir earlier this year left a void in mixed doubles – not just for Indonesia, but for fans worldwide. The 2016 Olympic and four-time world champion is now enjoying life outside the court . After a career spanning 17 years Liliyana Natsir, who chose the place and time. Of her retirement – she was treated to a celebratory send-off at the Indonesia. Masters in January – was at the Indonesia Open last month as. A spectator in a Prediksi Togel wide-ranging interview, she talks about her post-retirement life. Advice for her partner Tontowi Ahmad.
Liliyana Natsir : You retired this January. Are you missing the thrill of competition?
I don’t really miss competing but I miss the environment of competitions. It felt different when I came (to the Indonesia Open). When I was an athlete, one week or one month before, I would start to feel nervous. We had intense preparations as we were playing in front of the home crowd. The only activity was moving from the hotel to the hall and to the training venue. Now the difference is that I’m more relaxed. I come to the hall to watch the players competing and also their preparations. I’m the same as any spectator.
How has your lifestyle changed, from being an elite athlete to a retired sportsperson?
Surely there are changes. When I was an athlete, I needed to be disciplined and responsible about my time management, diet and sleep. Now I feel free Bolahp and relaxed. Previously as an athlete, our focus would be just on preparation, competing, returning home, conditioning… and the cycle would just continue.
Tontowi Ahmad is now with a new partner (Winny Oktavina Kandow). What advice would you have for them?
I have been following Tontowi’s recent matches and tournaments. I feel he is good and he is able to become the leader in the combination and enable Winny to play calmly throughout the game. Tontowi and I spoke and he asked me to come in and provide some advice for Winny. I mentioned that mental preparation before the tournament is important and it would be too much interference if I spoke to Winny as it may cause her to feel pressure, and I advised him to be more supportive of Winny. Male and female feelings are a little different as female (players) are a little sensitive. So he will need to support and believe in her which allows her to be herself and enjoy herself and maybe play her very best. If you limit her to play in a certain way, based on her inexperience and young age, I’m concerned that she will be confused in her game. For now, it is best to be supportive.
In term of technique and tactics, the coaches will know best. Winny will need to learn to be confident and amp up her spirit on court.
What are your thoughts on the other Indonesian mixed doubles pairs?
Back when I was playing with Tontowi, the spectators’ focus was always on us, we had to be the ones to perform and it felt okay for the rest of the (Indonesian) pairs if they lost. Now with my retirement, the remaining pairs should have prepared for the attention because automatically the focus has changed. The best ranked pairs are Hafiz (Faizal)/Gloria (Widjaja) and (Praveen) Jordan/Melati (Oktavianti). Recently I watched Jordan/Melati and the pressure on them was tremendous. If the pressure increases and they are able to perform it would be really good. But based on their performance, it’s totally the opposite. Maybe their mindset was not to lose (at the Indonesia Open). At the same time, it means that they have potential to grow. Maybe the expectation from spectators and PBSI on Jordan/Melati was to perform well and the players also don’t want to lose. Maybe mentally they are not ready.
I had the same experience when I was partnering Tontowi.
I wasn’t able to claim the hattrick at the Indonesia Open that I did at the All England. Then we evaluated our game and realised that mentally and tactically we were not well prepared. Maybe because while playing at home, we tended to be nervous and not in control. Maybe there was too much on our minds because a lot of families, relatives and friends were asking for tickets to watch the game. It’s true! When we were at overseas tournaments, our routine would be just hall and hotel. Players will need to learn how to interact and adapt with the environment.