Wong Choong Hann

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Wong Choong Hann
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1977-02-17) 17 February 1977 (age 40)
Kuala Lumpur
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Years active 1996 - 2012
Handedness Left
Men's singles
Highest ranking 1 (15 August 2002)
BWF profile
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.

Wong Choong Hann (simplified Chinese: 黄综翰; traditional Chinese: 黃綜翰; pinyin: Huáng Zònghàn; born 17 February 1977 in Kuala Lumpur) is a former World No.1 professional badminton player from Malaysia.[1] He is the first Malaysian to win a medal in the men's singles event at the BWF World Championships.

Career[edit]

Wong Choong Hann's career began with the 1996 Malaysia Open. The first tournament he won was the 1997 Dutch Open. He represented Malaysia in 2002, where Malaysia emerged runners-up to Indonesia in the Thomas Cup championships.

In 2003, Wong Choong Hann reached the World Championships finals. In a thrilling three-game match between the veterans (both he and his opponent were above 24 years old then), he eventually lost out to the champion from China, Xia Xuanze.

Wong Choong Hann played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's singles, defeating Przemysław Wacha of Poland in the first round. In the round of 16, Choong Hann was defeated by Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

The low point of his career occurred during the 2006 Thomas Cup where he injured himself by snapping an Achilles tendon while playing in a quarter final match against South Korea, he was required to rest for almost 6 months. He made a comeback to the sport in the Asian Games later in 2006 but was clearly far from his best form.

In the 2008 summer Olympics he defeated reigning Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat but once again failed to advance past the round of 16, losing to Hsieh Yu-Hsing of Taiwan.

He has set up a company "Pioneer Sdn Bhd" with former shuttlers Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming, and Chew Choon Eng to conduct badminton programs and hopefully produce world-class shuttlers for Malaysia.

In May 2010, Wong Choong Hann was called back to play for the Malaysian Thomas Cup squad.

In 2011 he played his last world championship, where he lost to Boonsak Ponsana in the second round.

Personal life[edit]

Wong Choong Hann married Leaw Pik Sim on 11 June 2005. They have a daughter, named Kyra Wong Xinyue, and a son, named Kayden Wong Zixuan. He currently resides in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. In September 2012, he co-founded LavieFlo International—the first preserved flower retailer in Malaysia.[2][3]

Achievements[edit]

Titles (5)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1997 Dutch Open Germany Oliver Pongratz 15-10, 15-11
2002 Dutch Open Malaysia Lee Tsuen Seng 15-6, 15-6
2002 China Open China Chen Hong 12-15, 15-5, 15-9
2003 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Sony Dwi Kuncoro 3-15, 15-7, 15-4
2003 Copenhagen Masters Denmark Kenneth Jonassen 15-7, 15-10

Runners-up (12)[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1999 Malaysia Open China Luo Yigang 16-17, 15-17
1999 Denmark Open Denmark Poul Erik Hoyer 15-17, 4-15
2000 Chinese Taipei Open Denmark Peter Gade 9-15, 5-15
2001 Singapore Open Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 5-7, 7-0, 1-7, 7-1, 4-7
2001 China Open China Xia Xuanze 3-7, 7-3, 2-7, 7-5, 4-7
2003 China Open China Lin Dan 16-17, 12-15
2007 New Zealand Open Indonesia Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21-13, 18-21, 14-21
2007 China Masters China Lin Dan 19-21, 9-21
2009 Macau Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 19-21
2009 Chinese Taipei Open Vietnam Nguyen Tien Minh 11-21, 14-21
2010 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 8-21, 21-14, 15-21
2011 Australia Open Japan Sho Sasaki 11-21, 21-12, 19-21

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