Wong Mew Choo

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Wong Mew Choo
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 (age 34)
Perak, Malaysia
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb; 8.0 st)
Years active 2003-2011
Handedness Right
Coach Misbun Sidek
Women's singles
Highest ranking 7 (30 October 2008)
BWF profile
Wong Mew Choo
Traditional Chinese 黃妙珠
Simplified Chinese 黄妙珠

Datin Wong Mew Choo (born 1 May 1983) is a former badminton singles player who played for Malaysia.

She was known for her exceptional stamina and endurance. Without any significant attacking weapons, she initially built her game on her ability to endure long rallies, sending the shuttle continually back against more powerful players. These tactics served her well, but put a lot of pressure on her knees and ankles. She suffered from various long term injuries during her playing career.

Career[edit]

She first came to prominence in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games Badminton Women's Singles, when she won the gold medal, along the way beating Singapore's Li Li, then the reigning Commonwealth Games Champion.

2005[edit]

Denmark Open

Indonesia Open

2006[edit]

In the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she helped Malaysia clinch the gold medal in the mixed team event, taking the crucial point against England's Tracy Hallam that gave Malaysia the lead 2-1. Eventually the team won 3-1 over England for the first time in Games history. However, Hallam exacted revenge in the individual events women's singles final.

In the 2006 World Badminton Championships, she reached the third round before losing to Zhang Ning.

Her best achievement of the year was in the Korea Open semifinals, losing to eventual winner Zhu Lin. She also reached the China Open quarterfinals.

2007[edit]

Proton Malaysia Super Series

BWF World Badminton Championships

French Super Series

China Open Super Series

  • Mew Choo, who is unseeded and has not won any major championship since the 2003 Southeast Asian Games, delivered a brilliant performance in Guangzhou, China by beating all the top three female shuttlers from China in succession, starting with world champion Zhu Lin, two-time Olympic Champion Zhang Ning, and finally world number one Xie Xingfang in three sets in the final. She became the one of only a few non-Chinese (overseas Chinese) winners of the China Open. She also became the first Malaysian woman to lift an international title outside the country.

2008[edit]

Proton Malaysia Super Series

  • Mew Choo started the year by reaching the semifinal of Proton Malaysia Super Series before losing to Zhu Lin once again.
  • She played in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, becoming the quarter-finalist after her defeat from Lu Lan of China.

2009[edit]

Getting injured at the beginning of this season, Wong returned in Swiss Open Super Series and India Open. But her achievements were not yet satisfactory.

She was also chosen as the Malaysia's top women's singles player to play in Sudirman Cup. In the semi-finals, her team lost 0-3 to China.

In the China Open Super Series in November, Wong humbled China's Wang Yihan, the world number one, in two sets, 21-18 and 21-17. However, she was beaten by Wang's compatriot Wang Shixian in the quarter-finals.

In December, Wong clinched her first title of the year in BWF Super Series Masters Finals - downing Juliane Schenk, 21-15, 21-7. Many top players did not play in women's singles of Super Series Finals, allowing Mew Choo, who was ranked 20th in Super Series rankings at that time, to participate.

Wong led Malaysia women's team in 2009 SEA Games in Laos. She and her teammates won the gold medal by beating Indonesia 3-1. However, Wong failed to reach individual final as she was defeated by Thailand's Salakjit Ponsana 18-21, 14-21. As a result, Wong only claimed bronze.

In 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi, Mew Choo won silver in a closely contested final with Saina Nehwal of India, ranked No 3 in the world.

2011[edit]

In April, Mew Choo has retired from competition, citing injuries that have taken a toll on her body.[1] Due to her experience and service to the national team, BJSS offered her a coaching contract to become one of the women coaches.[2]

Achievement[edit]

Year Tournament Achievement
2011 All England Super Series First round
German Grand Prix Gold Semi-Finalist
Victor Korea Super Series Premier Second round
Proton Malaysia Super Series First round
2010 2010 Commonwealth Games Runner-Up
2010 Commonwealth Games – Mixed team Winner
2009 BWF Super Series Masters Finals Winner
Malaysia Grand Prix Gold Semi-Finalist
Djarum Indonesia Super Series First round
Aviva Singapore Super Series First round
2008
Aviva Singapore Super Series Semi-Finalist
Swiss Open Super Series Second round
All England Super Series Quarter-Finalist
Korea Super Series First round
Proton Malaysia Super Series Semi-Finalist
2007
Hong Kong Super Series First round
China Open Super Series Winner
French Super Series Semi-Finalist
Denmark Super Series First round
Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold Quarter-Finalist
Japan Super Series Second round
BWF World Championships Quarter-Finalist
China Masters Super Series First round
Djarum Indonesia Super Series First round
Singapore Super Series Second round
2007 Asian Badminton Championships Semi-Finalist
Swiss Super Series First round
Yonex All England Super Series Quarter-Finalist
Proton Malaysia Super Series Runner-Up
2006
China Open Quarter-Finalist
Japan Open First round
IBF World Championships Second round
Hong Kong Open Second round
Korea Open Second round
Thailand Open Second round
Djarum Indonesia Open First round
2006 Asian Badminton Championships First round
XVIII Commonwealth Games Runner-Up
Yonex All England Open Second round
Swiss Open Second round
2005
Denmark Open Quarter-Finalist
Indonesia Open Semi-Finalist
2005 Asian Badminton Championships Quarter-Finalist
XXIII Southeast Asian Games Runner-Up
2004
2004 Asian Badminton Championships Quarter-Finalist
Japan Open First round
Korea Open Second round
Yonex All England Open Second round
Swiss Open First round
Syed Modi Memorials Runner-Up
Thailand Open Second round
2003 XXII Southeast Asian Games Winner

Personal life[edit]

She has an elder sister, Miew Kheng who was a former Malaysian national badminton player. She also dated the Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei. The duo were planning to settle down after 11 years of courtship, after the London Olympics.[3]

In year 2009, Lee and Wong announced they are no longer together during the 2009 World Championships in Hyderabad, India. However, Lee Chong Wei announced his reconciliation with Mew Choo after winning a silver medal in London Olympics 2012.[4] They got married on 9 November 2012. The couple had their first child, Kingston in 12 April 2013 and their second child, Terrance in 9 July 2015.[5]

Children[edit]

  • Kingston Lee (born on (2013-04-12)12 April 2013) (age 4 years, 2 months and 11 days)
  • Terrance Lee (born on (2015-07-09)9 July 2015) (age 1 year, 11 months and 14 days)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul, Rajes (24 January 2011). "Misbun back, Mew Choo quits". New Straits Times. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Paul, Rajes (13 May 2011). "Teik Chai-Bin Shen out of world meet despite making the cut". The Star. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Paul, Rajes (30 August 2011). "Wedding bells for Chong Wei". The Star. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shuttler courts question marks over marriage date". The Star. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Badminton/2015/07/09/Chong-Wei-at-ease-after-birth-of-second-son/