Hoon Thien How
|Hoon Thien How|
24 December 1986 |
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Coach||Pang Cheh Chang|
|Highest ranking||7 (14 March 2013)|
|Current ranking||7 (22 May 2014)|
|Updated on 23:25, 27 May 2014 (UTC).|
|Hoon Thien How|
Hoon Thien How (born 24 December 1986 in Kuala Lumpur) is a professional badminton player from Malaysia who plays in the men's doubles category. Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong won the World Junior Championships in 2004. Their partnership ended in late 2006 as Tan was partnered with Koo Kien Keat. Since then, Hoon was briefly paired with Chan Chong Ming and then Ong Soon Hock. Then, He was paired with Tan Wee Kiong in late 2010. In 2013, they ranked at No. 7 worldwide. However, due to the resignation of Koo Kien Keat in early 2014, Hoon was once again partnered with Tan Boon Heong in September that year. In 2015, Hoon resigned from the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
Hoon Thien How and Tan Boon Heong were the World Junior Champions in 2004. Their partnership continued until early 2006 when they won the silver medal at the 2006 Badminton Asia Championships. Shortly after, Tan was partnered with Koo Kien Keat and Hoon was briefly partnered with Chan Chong Ming and then, Ong Soon Hock.
Hoon and Ong participated in Indonesia Open 2008 and did their best as they became the semi-finalist, beaten by Candra Wijaya and Tony Gunawan. Latest, they played in China Masters 2008 but once again was beaten.
In 2010, Hoon and Ong were chosen to play for Malaysia Thomas Cup squad.
From 2010 onwards, he was paired with Tan Wee Kiong. Hoon and Tan broke into the top 10 in the world rankings on 20 December 2012. Together, their highest ranking was at No. 7. Hoon and Tan did not win any Super Series tournaments during their partnership. However, they often made it to the quarterfinals, semifinals or finals of the tournaments which contributed to their world ranking.
In May 2014, Hoon represented Malaysia at 2014 Thomas Cup with former partner, Tan Boon Heong as a scratch pair. They played first doubles and defeated World No. 1 pair, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the semi finals but failed to defeat world No. 3 pair, Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the finals. Malaysia lost narrowly 2-3 to Japan.
After 8 years since they last played together as official partners, Hoon's partnership with Tan Boon Heong was permanently resumed in September 2014. This was due to the resignation of Boon Heong's partner, Koo Kien Keat earlier that year along with Tan Wee Kiong's new partnership with Goh V Shem.
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