Koo Kien Keat
|Koo Kien Keat|
Koo Kien Keat (front) pictured here with his former double's partner Tan Boon Heong.
18 September 1985 |
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)|
|Coach||Rexy Mainaky (2005–2011) Pang Cheh Chang (2011–2014)|
|Highest ranking||1 (11 October 2007)|
|Updated on 10:50, 26 October 2013 (UTC).|
|Koo Kien Keat|
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 second doubles match against Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian of Indonesia in 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. The two won the bronze and silver medal at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. 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.
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
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.
|Malaysian National Badminton Championships||Kuala Terengganu||Winner|
|Yonex Korea Open Super Series||Seoul||Quarter-Finalist|
|2006 Asian Games||Doha||Quarter-Finalist|
|2006 IBF World Championships||Madrid||Semi-Finalist|
|2006 Commonwealth Games||Melbourne||Semi-Finalist|
|Djarum Indonesia Open||Jakarta||Quarter-Finalist|
|Hong Kong Open||Hong Kong||Semi-Finalist|
|2005 Southeast Asian Games||Manila||Semi-Finalist|
|Djarum Indonesia Open||Jakarta||Semi-Finalist|
|Chinese Taipei Open||Taipei||Winner|
|2004 Asian Badminton Championships||Kuala Lumpur||Quarter-Finalist|
|Asian Junior Championships||Runner-Up|
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