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
CountryMalaysia
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 33)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
ResidenceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)[1]
Years active2004 – present
HandednessLeft[1]
CoachRexy Mainaky
Lee Wan Wah
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking61 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile
Tan Boon Heong
Traditional Chinese陳文宏
Simplified Chinese陈文宏

Tan Boon Heong (born 18 September 1987) is a former World No.1 Malaysian professional badminton player in the men's doubles event.[2]

Career[edit]

2004-2006[edit]

Tan 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 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.[2] 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[edit]

2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Superseries at the Malaysian Open.[3] 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.

2008[edit]

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

2009[edit]

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.[4] Later, he and Koo Kien Keat won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.

2010[edit]

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.

2011[edit]

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.

2012[edit]

Tan competed at the 2012 Olympics with Koo Kien Keat, reaching the semi-finals, and losing 0–2 in the bronze medal match to the Koreans.[1]

2013[edit]

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.

2014[edit]

As of March 2014, following the resignation of his partner, Koo Kien Keat,[5] 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.

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 Dutch Open and runners-up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 Superseries quarterfinals in Australia and Korea.

2016[edit]

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.

2017[edit]

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.

2018[edit]

Tan was partner with Yoo Yeon Seong from South Korea. Subsequently, he was partner with Kim Sa Rang and they play together in men's doubles in 18/19 Purple League.

2019[edit]

Tan was also currently training with Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon after their resignation from Badminton Association of Malaysia.

Achievements[edit]

BWF World Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
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
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

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

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
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
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
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

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Gym Hall 1, 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 (8 titles, 10 runners-up)[edit]

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[6] 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.[7] Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Malaysia Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat United States Tony Gunawan
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
21–15, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 All England Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
21–15, 21–18 1st place, 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 place, 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 place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 World Superseries Masters Finals Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–18, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Swiss Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
21–14, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Denmark Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
20–22, 21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 French Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 15–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 China Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
13–21, 21–19, 18–21 2nd place, 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 place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Swiss Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
18–21, 16–21 2nd place, 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 place, 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 place, 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 place, 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 place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat China Cai Yun
China Fu Haifeng
16–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 French Open Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Markis Kido
16–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Australian Open Indonesia Hendra Setiawan Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (8 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

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.

Men's doubles

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

BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Sri Lanka International Malaysia Koo Kien Keat Malaysia Chooi Kah Ming
Malaysia Ow Yao Han
21–19, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 White Nights Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Marcus Ellis
England Chris Langridge
21–10, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Swiss International Malaysia Koo Kien Keat England Peter Briggs
England Tom Wolfenden
18–21, 21–16, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Perth International Malaysia Shia Chun Kang Chinese Taipei Lee Chia-hao
Chinese Taipei Liu Wei-chi
21–17, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 South Australia International Malaysia Shia Chun Kang South Korea Kim Duk-young
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
14–21, 21–17, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Dubai International Malaysia Shia Chun Kang Japan Keiichiro Matsui
Japan Yoshinori Takeuchi
14–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Men's doubles results with Koo Kien Keat against Superseries finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[8]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Sukumar, Dev (1 July 2020). "Genius in Action: Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 7 July 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Kien Keat-Boon Heong on course for world domination". The Star. 22 January 2007. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011.
  4. ^ Phelan, Mark. "Badminton in Guinness Book of World Records". Badzine.net.
  5. ^ Liew, Vincent (28 August 2014). "Koo Kien Keat says farewell in rubber game loss". www.badmintonplanet.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  6. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007.
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