Koo Kien Keat

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Koo Kien Keat
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong — Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schöttler 05.jpg
Koo Kien Keat
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 31)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)[2]
Handedness Right
Coach Rexy Mainaky (2005–2011) Pang Cheh Chang (2011–2014) Lee Wan Wah (2015–present)
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
BWF profile
Updated on 10:50, 26 October 2013 (UTC).
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Koo (古).
Koo Kien Keat
Traditional Chinese 古健傑
Simplified Chinese 古健杰

Koo Kien Keat (born 18 September 1985 in Ipoh, Perak) is a professional badminton player from Malaysia. Besides being a men's doubles player, he has also represented Malaysia in the mixed doubles event. He started his career at 17 years of age and is a former Asian Junior champion. He played in the 2004 Thomas Cup with Chew Choon Eng. They gave a strong performance during the second doubles match against Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian of Indonesia in the quarter final round. However, after the tournament, the Badminton Association of Malaysia decided to partner him with Chan Chong Ming who previously partnered with Chew Choon Eng. Later, they won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships. His most recent official doubles partner was Tan Boon Heong.Together,they won the gold medal at Doha Asian Games 2006 as unseeded pair.In their route to final,they have beaten several top pairs including Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.They are the youngest men double to win gold medal at Asian Games at the age of 21 and 19 respectively. 2007 was the best year of Koo and Tan.They won several Super Series and climb to the top of rankings. They also win their first All England Super Series after beating Chinese pair,Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games .Later,two won the bronze and silver medal at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. With Tan, Koo competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals, and the 2012 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals, and losing 2 - 0 in the bronze medal match.[3][4] The year 2010 was the last time Koo and Tan ranked No.1 worldwide but they managed to remain in the top 5 until 2013.

Due to early round exits in 2013 and a four-year title drought, Koo parted with the Badminton Association of Malaysia and became a coach for the Granular Club of Thailand in early 2014. In August that year, Koo returned to play his last tournament with Tan at the 2014 BWF World Championships. Their last match together was in the third round where they lost to a Chinese Taipei pair with a score of 19-21 in the deciding game.

In 2015 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong announced that they are coming out of retirement. Koo said that he still has love for badminton and both him and Tan both wanted to play together as a pair again and try to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics before they call it quits for good. They are currently sponsored by Seri Mutiara Development Sdn Bhd They have achieved some breakthroughs this year. Winning the Russian Open, Yonex Dutch Open and finishing runners up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 supersedes quarterfinals in Australia and Korea. The pair have been playing very well and the pair say that they are just enjoying their game playing with no pressure.

Education[edit]

He began his studies at St. Michael's Institution in Ipoh, Perak. Later, he received an offer to go to Bukit Jalil Sports School, where he completed his secondary school studies and sat for the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) examination.

Style of play[edit]

Koo Kien Keat moves very fast around the net areas and is adventurous with deceptive shots. He also reacts very well on fast flat exchanges. A favourite formation is when he is on the front court and his partner, the main smasher, attacks from the rear of the court with powerful, left-handed smashes.

Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are an explosive and dynamic pair in their game style.

In 2010, they won their first title of the year in their home, Malaysia, as the world number 1 pair. They came in seeded number 1 in the All England but lost in the first round to Denmark former world champions Lars Paaske and Jonas Ramussen.

In the 2010 BWF World Championships they beat the young Chinese pair of Chai Biao & Zhang Nan in the quarter-finals and later their arch rivals, the South Koreans Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae, in 3 sets to reach the semi-finals. After that, they beat another Chinese pair of Guo Zhen Dong & Xu Chen to reach their first ever finals in world championship. The only other Malaysian pair to reach that far before them were Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit.

Achievements[edit]

Men's doubles[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Round
2010
2010 Asian Games China China Runner Up
2010 BWF World Championships France France Runner Up
2009
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Macau Winner
2009 BWF World Championships India New Delhi Semi-finalist
Wilson Swiss Super Series Switzerland Basel Winner
Yonex All England Super Series England Birmingham Quarter-finalist
2008
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Macau Winner
Proton Malaysia Super Series Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Second Round
2007
Hong Kong Super Series Hong Kong Wan Chai Quarter-Finalist
China Open Super Series China Guangzhou Second Round
French Super Series France Paris Quarter-Finalists
Denmark Super Series Denmark Odense Winner
Macau Open Macau Macau Winner
Japan Super Series Japan Tokyo Third Round
2007 BWF World Championships Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Quarter-Finalists
Philippines Open Philippines Manila Winner
Malaysian National Badminton Championships Malaysia Kuala Terengganu Winner
Indonesia Super Series Indonesia Jakarta Semi-Finalist
2007 Asian Badminton Championships Malaysia Johor Bahru Runner-Up
Swiss Open Super Series Switzerland Basel Winner
Yonex All England Super Series England Birmingham Winner
Yonex Korea Open Super Series South Korea Seoul Semi-Finalist
Proton Malaysia Super Series Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Winner
2006
2006 Asian Games Qatar Doha Winner
Yonex Japan Open Japan Tokyo Runner-Up
Chinese Taipei Open Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Semi-Finalist
Proton Malaysia Open Malaysia Kuching Winner
Singapore Open Singapore Singapore Quarter-Finalist
2006 Commonwealth Games Australia Melbourne Winner
Swiss Open Switzerland Basel Winner
2005
Denmark Open Winner
Indonesia Open Quarter-Finalist
2005 IBF World Championships United States Anaheim Semi-Finalist
Proton Malaysia Open Malaysia Malaysia Quarter-Finalist
Siam Cement Thailand Open Thailand Thailand Quarter-Finalist
2005 Southeast Asian Games Philippines Manila Quarter-Finalist
Yonex German Open Semi-Finalist
2004
Chinese Taipei Open Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Winner
Singapore Open Singapore Singapore Semi-Finalist
China Open China Guangzhou Quarter-Finalist
French Open International Winner
2003
Malaysia Satellite Winner
2002
Asian Junior Championships Winner
World Junior Championships South Africa Johannesburg Semi-Finalist

Mixed doubles[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Round
2007
Malaysian National Badminton Championships Malaysia Kuala Terengganu Winner
Yonex Korea Open Super Series South Korea Seoul Quarter-Finalist
2006
2006 Asian Games Qatar Doha Quarter-Finalist
2006 IBF World Championships Spain Madrid Semi-Finalist
2006 Commonwealth Games Australia Melbourne Semi-Finalist
2005
Denmark Open Semi-Finalist
Djarum Indonesia Open Indonesia Jakarta Quarter-Finalist
Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Hong Kong Semi-Finalist
2005 Southeast Asian Games Philippines Manila Semi-Finalist
2004
Djarum Indonesia Open Indonesia Jakarta Semi-Finalist
Singapore Open Singapore Singapore Runner-Up
Chinese Taipei Open Taiwan Taipei Winner
China Open China Guangzhou Quarter-Finalist
2004 Asian Badminton Championships Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Quarter-Finalist
2002
Asian Junior Championships Runner-Up

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography (in Chinese)
  2. ^ Biography (in Chinese)
  3. ^ "Koo Kien Keat Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Olympic Games - London 2012 - Men's Doubles : Badminton - Results". 2012-08-06. Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 

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