Tan Wee Kiong
|Tan Wee Kiong|
Tan Wee Kiong at the 2013 French Super Series.
21 May 1989 |
Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia
|Highest ranking||7 (14 March 2013)|
|Current ranking||19 (21 May 2015)|
|Updated on 23:48, 27 May 2014 (UTC).|
Tan Wee Kiong (born 21 May 1989 in Tangkak, Johor) is a Malaysian Chinese professional badminton player in the mens doubles event. He was born in Johor but moved to Sabah in 2001. His former partner was Hoon Thien How and together, they reached a career high world ranking of No. 7. Prior to that, Tan briefly partnered another World Junior Champion Mak Hee Chun.
As of September 2014, his official partner is Goh V Shem. They currently have a world ranking of No. 19 and together, they won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games.
Tan started his junior career as a mixed doubles player. However, he later transitioned into men's doubles. In 2007, he won the Asian Junior Championships mixed doubles gold medal with Woon Khe Wei. They were seeded second and first at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships but were defeated in the fourth round on both occasions.
Partnership with Hoon Thien How
In 2010, he briefly partnered Mak Hee Chun. They played together at the 2010 Asian Games but were beaten in the round of 32. Later, he partnered Hoon Thien How. They reached a career high of no. 7 worldwide. Their campaign at the 2013 BWF World Championships ended in the third round after a loss to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China. Later that year, the pair reached their first ever Superseries semifinal at the French Open. Shortly after, the two won their first career title at the 2013 Macau Open. They were runners-up at the 2013 China Open and in that same year, they qualified for the Superseries Finals after the withdrawal of compatriots, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. However, they failed to advance past the group stage.
Tan played his last tournament with Hoon at the 2014 BWF World Championships in August 2014. Their campaign ended in the quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual champions, Shin Baek-cheol and Ko Sung-hyun of South Korea.
Partnership with Goh V Shem
In May 2014, Tan was scratch partnered with Goh V Shem to play second doubles at the 2014 Thomas Cup. They won all four matches that they contested and defeated several highly ranked players along the way despite this being the first time ever that the two has played together internationally. Their debut partnership at the Thomas Cup was widely praised. Malaysia made it to the finals for the first time in 12 years but was narrowly defeated by Japan with a score of 2-3.
In July, Tan and Goh were scratch partnered to play their first Superseries tournament together at the 2014 Australian Open. They defeated seeded pair, Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Markis Kido of Indonesia in the round of 16 but lost to eventual champions Lee Yong-dae/Yoo Yeon-seong in the quarterfinals.
In August, Tan represented Malaysia at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with Goh V Shem. They went on to take the gold medal and were the only medalists in the tournament who were not seeded. En route to the gold medal, they defeated top seeds, Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis of England in the semifinals as well as 3rd seeds, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in the finals. They also won all five matches they contested in the mixed team event, helping Malaysia secure her third consecutive mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Following the World Championships in September, Tan and Goh have been permanently partnered. They represented Malaysia at the 2014 Asian Games where they made it to semifinals but were once again defeated by top seeds, Lee/Yoo of South Korea. The defeat automatically earned them the bronze medal as there is no bronze medal playoffs in badminton at the Asian Games. En route to the semifinals, they defeated 5th seeds, Lee Sheng-mu/Tsai Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei in the round of 32 and 3rd seeds, Kenichi Hayakawa/Hiroyuki Endo of Japan in the quarterfinals with a score of 21-16, 21-16.
In October, they participated in the 2014 French Open Superseries. They made it through the qualifying stage to set up a first round clash with reigning Denmark Open champions and 7th seeds, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan of China. Goh and Tan prevailed with a score of 21-19, 9-21, 21-19 but were eventually defeated in the quarterfinals by Lee/Tsai of Chinese Taipei in three games.
They were semifinalists at the 2015 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in January that year. In March, they became runners-up to Cai Yun/Lu Kai of China at the 2015 Swiss Open with a score of 19-21,21-14,17-21. They were quarterfinalists at the 2015 New Zealand Grand Prix Gold in April. At the 2015 Sudirman Cup in May, Goh and Tan managed to upset the World No.1 pairing of Lee/Yoo in the first group tie against South Korea. They also defeated the pairing of Manu Attri/Summeeth Reddy in the second group tie against India. Malaysia topped Group D and were drawn against South Korea once again in the quarterfinals but failed to advance. Goh and Tan lost their second encounter with the formidable South Korean pair in the tournament.
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