Tan Wee Kiong

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Tan Wee Kiong
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong vs Lee Yong-dae - Yoo Yeon-seong 07.jpg
Tan Wee Kiong at the 2013 French Super Series.
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 27)
Johor, Malaysia[1]
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Handedness Right
Coach Jeremy Gan
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (7 November 2016)
Current ranking 1 (7 November 2016[2])
BWF profile
Updated on 23:48, 27 May 2014 (UTC).

Tan Wee Kiong (simplified Chinese: 陈炜强; traditional Chinese: 陳煒強; pinyin: chén wěi qiáng, later changed to simplified Chinese: 陈蔚强; traditional Chinese: 陳蔚強; pinyin: chén wèi qiáng; born 21 May 1989 in Bukit Gambir, Tangkak, Johor)[1] is a Malaysian professional badminton player in the doubles event. As of September 2014, he was partnered with Goh V Shem, who produces powerful smash with wonderful placement after their outstanding performance in the 2014 Thomas Cup champaign. Together, Tan and Goh won the gold medal for men's doubles and all their matches in the mixed team competition, helping Malaysian team to retain gold medal for the third consecutive time in the mixed team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Tan and Goh also won bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, thus making them the second Malaysian men's doubles pair to win the silver medal at the Olympics Games 20 years after the achievement by Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock in Atlanta in 1996.

Career[edit]

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.

2010–2014[edit]

Partnership with Hoon Thien How[edit]

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.

2014–Present[edit]

Partnership with Goh V Shem[edit]

In May 2014, Tan was scratch partnered with Goh V Shem to play second men's 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 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 officially 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.

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. 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. At the 2015 BWF World Championships in August, Tan and Goh defeated defending champions Shin Baek-Cheol and Ko Sung-Hyun in the second round but were defeated in the third round.

In 2016, Goh and Tan won their first title together at the 2016 US Open. They then went on to win their second title at the Indian Grand Prix Gold. They then became beaten semifinalists at the All England Open and the Indian Superseries. At the 2016 Thomas Cup, Tan won three out of his five matches played. Malaysia made it to the semifinals but lost to eventual winners Denmark. Tan and Goh qualified for their first Olympics at Rio 2016. They won all their matches in the group stage to top group B. They defeated 4th seeds Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan in the group stage, top seeds Lee Yong-Dae/Yoo Yeon-seong in the quarterfinals and 5th seeds Chai Biao/Hong Wei in the semifinals to once again face Fu/Zhang in the finals but this time falling short with a score of 21-16, 11-21, 21-23, taking home silver.

In October 2016, Tan won his first Superseries tournament title with Goh at the 2016 Denmark Open. In December, Tan and Goh won the 2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals, securing their status as world No. 1 in the men's doubles event, their highest world ranking since November 2016. Thus, they have now succeeded the achievements by their seniors, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, who were also among the best men's doubles pair in the long history of Malaysian badminton.

Personal Life[edit]

He married Chia Shi Leng after the Rio Olympics, prior to the 2016 Denmark Open Super Series Premier.

Achievements[edit]

Finals: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score
1 2016 2016 BWF Super Series Masters Finals Goh V Shem Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–14, 21-19
1 2016 2016 Denmark Superseries Premier Goh V Shem Thailand Bodin Issara
Thailand Nipitphon Puangpuapech
14-21, 22-20,21-19
2 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Goh V Shem China Zhang Nan
China Fu Haifeng
21-16, 11-21, 21-23
1 2016 Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Goh V Shem India Pranaav Jerry Chopra
India Akshay Dewalkar
14-21, 24-22, 21-8
1 2013 Macau Open Hoon Thien How Chinese Taipei Lee Sheng-mu
Chinese Taipei Tsai Chia-hsin
21-16, 21-19
2 2013 2013 China Open Super Series Premier Hoon Thien How South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
13-21, 12-21
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix tournament
     International Challenge tournament

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