Malaysia ZZ

Zulfadli ZULKIFFLI (89511)

Biography

Date of birth
2/11/1993
Place of birth
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height
180
Current Residence
Putrajaya Badminton Association
Language(s)
Malaysia Language and English
International Debut (Senior)
Asia Junior singles champion 2011, World Junior singles champion 2011 & Youth Commenwealth Games singles Gold medalist 2011, Maldives International Challenge Runner up 2012, Indonesia Open GP Gold 2014 Semi-finals, Russia Open GP 2015 Semi finals.
Play R or L
Right handed
When and where I began playing and why?
I started playing when i was 4 years old in Johor Bahru,Malaysia because my father was a player and a badminton coach in Malaysia. He had experience in coaching the US Olympic team players in USA too from 1990-1992.
When did you start competing or playing competitively?
I started competing when i was 8 years old. When i was 9 years old, i was the National Junior doubles champion for the under 12 catergory. 10 years old, National singles and doubles champion for under 12. Then starting from 10 years old onwards, National singles champion for under 12,14,16, and 18.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career so far?
My family ( father, mother, and 2 brothers are all badminton players ) They are the greatest influence on my career. My father has been my personal coach ever since i was 4 years old until now.
Equipment Sponsor
APACS since 1st July, 2015. APACS racquet latest model.
Memorable sporting achievement
In 2011, I emerged as a singles champion first ever Malaysian for the Asian Juniors, World Juniors and Youth commonwealth games singles champion in 2011.
Most memorable match
In 2007, i played againsrt Lee Chong Wei when i was 14 years old. In 2011, World Junior singles champion beating Viktor Axelson from Denmark, and in Asian Juniors and World Juniors in the semi finals, i beat Kento Momota of Japan.
Previous Olympic Games competed and result
Never competed in the Olympic Games yet.
Toughest opponent I’ve faced
Lee Chong Wei, Hans Kristian Vittingus, Kenichi Tago,
Sporting Awards/Honours
Promising Player Award 2012 by BWF in KL, Malaysia. Malaysia Books of Records award 2012 for being the first ever Malaysian to win the Asian and World Juniors singles Champion. SAM ( media in malaysia ) awards 2012.
Sporting Ambitions
One day to become World Champion, Olympics and All England Singles Champion.
Member of national team since
Independent professional player since 14 years old in Malaysia.
Idols
Taufik Hidayat and Lin Dan
Any Superstitions or Rituals?
Beliefs in God's will. Dislikes politics in sports.