Tan Boon Heong

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Tan Boon Heong
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong vs Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis 07.jpg
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 29)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Residence Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)
Years active 2004 - present
Handedness Left
Coach Lee Wan Wah
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking 30 (22 June 2017)
BWF profile
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 former World No.1 Malaysian male professional badminton player in the men's doubles event.

Badminton career[edit]

2004-2006[edit]

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.

2006[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 are the youngest men double to win gold medal at Asian Games at the age of 21 and 19 respectively.

2007[edit]

2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Super Series at the Malaysian Open.[1] They also became the World No.1 that year. They win their first All England Super Series after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.

2008[edit]

They competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals.

2009[edit]

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] Later, two won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships

2010[edit]

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. The year 2010 was the last time Koo and Tan ranked World No.1.

2011[edit]

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.

2012[edit]

They competed at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals, and losing 2 - 0 in the bronze medal match.[3][4]

2013[edit]

They 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.

2014[edit]

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 Keong. Following the tournament, Tan has been officially repartnered 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.

2015[edit]

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 Russian Open, Yonex Dutch Open and finishing runners up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 Super Series quarterfinals in Australia and Korea.

2016[edit]

Tan and Koo had a string of good runs to finish in 11th place in the 2016 race to rio olympic standings. However they did not manage to qualify because they were ranked behind fellow Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

Achievements[edit]

BWF World Championships[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
21–18, 18–21, 14–21 Silver Silver
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–16, 14–21, 20–22 Bronze Bronze

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Anthony Clark
England Nathan Robertson
21–19, 21–14 Gold Gold

Asian Games[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–16, 24–26, 19–21 Silver Silver
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
21–13, 21–14 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–16, 16–21, 18–21 Bronze Bronze
2007 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
14–21, 21–11, 12–21 Silver Silver
2006 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Malaysia Hoon Thien How Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
21–17, 11–21, 12–21 Silver Silver

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
17–21, 17–21 Silver Silver

World Junior Championships[edit]

Boys' Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Minoru Arena, Richmond, Canada Malaysia Hoon Thien How South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Jung Jung-young
15–6, 3–15, 15–12 Gold Gold

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Australian Open Indonesia Hendra Setiawan Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 French Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Markis Kido
16–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
16–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Denmark Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Shin Baek-choel
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
21–19, 11–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Japan Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
16–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 All England Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
21–15, 18–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Japan Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
21–18, 14–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Swiss Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
18–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Malaysia Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Guo Zhendong
China Xu Chen
21–15, 17–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 China Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
13–21, 21–19, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 French Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 15–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Denmark Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
20–22, 21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Swiss Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Super Series Masters Finals Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–18, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Denmark Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
14–21, 21–14, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Swiss Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
17–21, 21–16, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 All England Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
21–15, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Malaysia Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat United States Tony Gunawan
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
21–15, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     Superseries Finals Tournament
     Superseries Premier Tournament
     Superseries Tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vietnam Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Chinese Taipei Lee Jhe-huei
Chinese Taipei Lee Yang
21–18, 14–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 13–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Dutch Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat India Manu Attri
India B. Sumeeth Reddy
21–15, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Thailand Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Wahyu Nayaka
Indonesia Ade Yusuf
22–20, 21–23, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Goh V Shem
Malaysia Lim Khim Wah
20–22, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Chooi Kah Ming
Malaysia Ow Yao Han
21–15, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Alvent Yulianto Chandra
Indonesia Hendra Aprida Gunawan
21–16, 21–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Macau Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
21–14, 17–21, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Gan Teik Chai
Malaysia Tan Bin Shen
21–11, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Macau Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Chinese Taipei Fang Chieh-min
Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
21–16, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Macau Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
21–18, 17–21, 23–21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Philippines Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Guo Zhendong
China Xie Zhongbo
21–8, 26–24 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Japan Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat United States Tony Gunawan
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
15–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     Grand Prix Gold Tournament
     Grand Prix Tournament
     IBF World Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Swiss International Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Peter Briggs
England Tom Wolfenden
18–21, 21–16, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 White Nights Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Marcus Ellis
England Chris Langridge
21–10, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Chooi Kah Ming
Malaysia Ow Yao Han
21–19, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

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]

References[edit]

  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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