Tan Boon Heong

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Tan Boon Heong
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Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 28)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Residence Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Handedness Left
Coach Current : Lee Wan Wah/Chew Choon Eng
Men's doubles
Career title(s) 12
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking 17 (3 December 2015)
BWF profile
Updated on 23:47, 27 May 2014 (UTC).
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tan (陳).
Tan Boon Heong
Traditional Chinese 陳文宏
Simplified Chinese 陈文宏

Tan Boon Heong (born 18 September 1987 in Alor Setar, Kedah) is a Malaysian male professional badminton player in the men's doubles event. He and his former partner, Hoon Thien How, were once World Junior Champions. Tan and his second partner Koo Kien Keat won the bronze and silver medals at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships respectively as well as the gold and silver medals at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games. The last time the two were ranked the world's No.1 men's doubles pair was in 2010.

As of March 2014 following the resignation of his partner, Koo Kien Keat, which was due to their deteriorating performance, Tan was scratch partnered with several men's doubles players including Goh V Shem, Ow Yao Han, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong. In August 2014, Tan played his last tournament with Koo at the 2014 BWF World Championships. Following the tournament, Tan has been officially repartnered with Hoon Thien How.

In early 2015, Tan announced his resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia.


He was previously paired with Hoon Thien How, with whom he won the World Junior Championships in 2004 and a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Badminton Championships.

Asian success[edit]

Nearing the Doha XV Asian Games in 2006, Rexy Mainaky (the Malaysian doubles coach) decided to split them up and partner Tan Boon Heong with Koo Kien Keat instead. This move, nevertheless, proved to be spot-on as this pair went on to become the Asian Games champion, winning the gold medal in their maiden outing by defeating the then Chinese world champions, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, in the quarterfinals, Indonesia's Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals, and finally Luluk Hadiyanto-Alvent Yulianto Chandra, also from Indonesia, in the finals.

They also became the first qualifiers to win the Malaysian Open title in 2007.[1]


At the 2009 Japan Super Series, Boon Heong set the world record for badminton smashes at 421 km/h. This was done under lab conditions and recorded by Yonex representatives, and not in an official match.[2]

At the 2010 BWF World Championships, Boon Heong and partner Koo Kien Keat launched themselves into the semifinals after beating Korean rivals Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung. In the semifinals they defeated China's Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18. Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat wrote their names in the record books, being the first Malaysian pair to enter a World Championships Final in 13 years. In the finals they played China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng and lost 21-18, 18-21, 14-21.

At the 2011 All England Super Series Premier, Boon Heong and Kien Keat defeated 2008 Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the quarterfinals. They then defeated World champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-11, 23-21. They lost to Danes and world no.1 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-15, 18-21, 18-21. In doing so, they failed to win their 2nd All England title.


Men's doubles[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Round
2009 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Winner
2009 BWF World Championship India Semi-finalist
2009 Wilson Swiss Super Series Switzerland Basel Winner
2009 Yonex All England Super Series England Birmingham Quarter-finalist
2008 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Macau Winner
Proton Malaysia Super Series Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Second Round
Denmark Super Series Denmark Odense Winner
Macau Open Macau Macau Winner
Japan Super Series Japan Tokyo Third Round
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
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 Asian Games Qatar Doha Winner
Yonex Japan Open Japan Tokyo Runner-Up
Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Hong Kong Quarter-Finalist
Thailand Open Thailand Bangkok Quarter-Finalist
Macau Open Macau Macau Quarter-Finalist
Singapore Open Singapore Singapore Quarter-Finalist
2006 Asian Badminton Championships Malaysia Johor Bahru Runner-up
China Masters China Quarter-Finalist
Malaysia Satellite Malaysia Malaysia Runner-up
Singapore Satellite Singapore Singapore Runner-up
World Junior Championships Canada Vancouver Winner

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Men's Doubles results with Koo Kien Keat against Super Series finalists, Worlds Semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[3]


  1. ^ "Kien Keat-Boon Heong on course for world domination". The Star. 22 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Phelan, Mark. "Badminton in Guinness Book of World Records". Badzine.net. 
  3. ^ "tournamentsoftware.com". tournamentsoftware.com. 

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