Tan Boon Heong
|Tan Boon Heong|
Nearing the Doha 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 and Fu Haifeng, in the quarterfinals, Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals, and finally Luluk Hadiyanto and Alvent Yulianto, also from Indonesia, in the finals. They are the youngest men's doubles to win gold medal at Asian Games at the age of 21 and 19 respectively.
2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Superseries at the Malaysian Open. They also became the World No.1 that year. They won their first All England Open after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.
They competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals.
At the Japan Open, Tan 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. Later, he and Koo Kien Keat won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.
At the 2010 BWF World Championships, Tan 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 were 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. The year 2010 was the last time Koo and Tan ranked World No. 1.
At the 2011 All England Open, Tan and Koo 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 second All England Open title.
Tan and Koo suffered a lot of early round exits in 2013 and a three-year major title drought but they managed to remain in the top 5 of the world ranking.
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. Following the tournament, Tan has been officially re-partnered with Hoon Thien How. 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 early 2015, Tan announced his resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia. Koo and Tan announced that they are coming out of retirement 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 Dutch Open and runners-up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 Superseries quarterfinals in Australia and Korea.
In 2016, Koo and Tan managed to enter the top 15 of the world rankings. However, due to the new Olympic qualification requirement set by the BWF whereby each country can send two representatives for each event only if they are both in the top 8 of the world rankings in their discipline and if they are not then only the highest ranked representative will contest, Koo and Tan narrowly failed to qualify for the Olympics.
Tan and Hendra Setiawan debut tournament at the 2017 Syed Modi International, they managed to advance until the quarter-finals. They reached the final round at the Australian Open but were beaten by third seed Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda from Japan.
BWF World Championships
|2009||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|21–16, 14–21, 20–22||Bronze|
|2010||Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France||Koo Kien Keat|| Cai Yun
|21–18, 18–21, 14–21||Silver|
|2010||Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India||Koo Kien Keat|| Anthony Clark
|2006||Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar||Koo Kien Keat|| Luluk Hadiyanto
|2010||Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China||Koo Kien Keat|| Markis Kido
|21–16, 24–26, 19–21||Silver|
|2006||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Hoon Thien How|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|21–17, 11–21, 12–21||Silver|
|2007||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Koo Kien Keat|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|14–21, 21–11, 12–21||Silver|
|2008||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|21–16, 16–21, 18–21||Bronze|
Southeast Asian Games
|2009||Gym Hall 1, National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos||Koo Kien Keat|| Markis Kido
World Junior Championships
|2004||Minoru Arena, Richmond, Canada||Hoon Thien How|| Lee Yong-dae
|15–6, 3–15, 15–12||Gold|
BWF Superseries (8 titles, 10 runners-up)
The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011. Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.
|2007||Malaysia Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Tony Gunawan
|2007||All England Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Cai Yun
|2007||Swiss Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Jens Eriksen
Martin Lundgaard Hansen
|17–21, 21–16, 21–12||Winner|
|2007||Denmark Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Jens Eriksen
Martin Lundgaard Hansen
|14–21, 21–14, 21–12||Winner|
|2008||World Superseries Masters Finals||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|2009||Swiss Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Mathias Boe
|2009||Denmark Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Mathias Boe
|20–22, 21–14, 21–17||Winner|
|2009||French Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Markis Kido
|21–15, 15–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2009||China Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|13–21, 21–19, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2010||Malaysia Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Guo Zhendong
|21–15, 17–21, 21–16||Winner|
|2010||Swiss Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Ko Sung-hyun
|2010||Japan Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Cai Yun
|21–18, 14–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2011||All England Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Mathias Boe
|21–15, 18–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Japan Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Kim Gi-jung
|2012||Denmark Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Shin Baek-choel
|21–19, 11–21, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Hong Kong Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Cai Yun
|2013||French Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
|2017||Australian Open||Hendra Setiawan|| Takeshi Kamura
BWF Grand Prix (8 titles, 5 runners-up)
The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix has been sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation from 1983 to 2006.
|2006||Japan Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Tony Gunawan
|2007||Philippines Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Guo Zhendong
|2007||Macau Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|21–18, 17–21, 23–21||Winner|
|2008||Macau Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Fang Chieh-min
|2009||Malaysia Grand Prix Gold||Koo Kien Keat|| Gan Teik Chai
Tan Bin Shen
|2009||Macau Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|21–14, 17–21, 21–12||Winner|
|2011||Malaysia Grand Prix Gold||Koo Kien Keat|| Hendra Aprida Gunawan
|2012||Malaysia Grand Prix Gold||Koo Kien Keat|| Chooi Kah Ming
Ow Yao Han
|2013||Malaysia Grand Prix Gold||Koo Kien Keat|| Goh V Shem
Lim Khim Wah
|2015||Thailand Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Wahyu Nayaka
|22–20, 21–23, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Dutch Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Manu Attri
B. Sumeeth Reddy
|2016||Malaysia Masters||Koo Kien Keat|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
|21–18, 13–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Vietnam Open||Koo Kien Keat|| Lee Jhe-huei
|21–18, 14–21, 7–21||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 2 runners-up)
|2015||Sri Lanka International||Koo Kien Keat|| Chooi Kah Ming
Ow Yao Han
|2015||White Nights||Koo Kien Keat|| Marcus Ellis
|2015||Swiss International||Koo Kien Keat|| Peter Briggs
|18–21, 21–16, 21–16||Winner|
|2019||Perth International||Shia Chun Kang|| Lee Chia-hao
|2019||South Australia International||Shia Chun Kang|| Kim Duk-young
|14–21, 21–17, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Dubai International||Shia Chun Kang|| Keiichiro Matsui
- BWF International Challenge tournament
- BWF International Series tournament
- BWF Future Series tournament
Record against selected opponents
- Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng 5–11
- Chai Biao & Guo Zhendong 1–0
- Sun Junjie & Xu Chen 0–1
- Cai Yun & Xu Chen 0–1
- Liu Xiaolong & Qiu Zihan 6–1
- Guo Zhendong & Xie Zhongbo 1–0
- Chai Biao & Hong Wei 0–1
- Guo Zhendong & Xu Chen 3–0
- Fang Chieh-min & Lee Sheng-mu 1–1
- Lee Sheng-mu & Tsai Chia-hsin 2–3
- Lars Påske & Jonas Rasmussen 3–2
- Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen 10–5
- Jonas Rasmussen & Mads Conrad-Petersen 1–1
- Jens Eriksen & Martin Lundgård Hansen 4–0
- / Anthony Clark & Robert Blair 1–1
- Anthony Clark & Nathan Robertson 2–1
- Muhammad Ahsan & Bona Septano 2–3
- Luluk Hadiyanto & Alvent Yulianto Chandra 1–1
- Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan 7–4
- Angga Pratama & Ryan Agung Saputra 1–1
- Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo & Marcus Fernaldi Gideon 0-3
- Muhammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan 2–1
- Markis Kido & Gideon Markus Fernaldi 0–1
- Shuichi Sakamoto & Shintaro Ikeda 3–2
- Naoki Kawamae & Shoji Sato 5–0
- Hirokatsu Hashimoto & Noriyasu Hirata 2–2
- Hiroyuki Endo & Kenichi Hayakawa 3–0
- Cho Gun-woo & Shin Baek-cheol 1–0
- Jung Jae-sung & Lee Yong-dae 3–13
- Ko Sung-hyun & Yoo Yeon-seong 1–6
- Lee Jae-jin & Hwang Ji-man 1–1
- Ko Sung-hyun & Lee Yong-dae 1–2
- Lee Yong-dae & Yoo Yeon-seong 0–1
- Kim Gi-jung & Kim Sa-rang 1–6
- Choong Tan Fook & Lee Wan Wah 3–1
- Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif & Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari 6–4
- Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong 0-2
- Bodin Issara & Maneepong Jongjit 2–0
- Howard Bach & Tony Gunawan 3–0
- / Tony Gunawan & Candra Wijaya 2–2
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