Fu Haifeng (born January 2, 1984 in Huilai, Guangdong) is a former professional badminton player representing China. He is considered to be one of the greatest men's doubles players in badminton history.
January 2, 1984 |
Jieyang, Guangdong, China
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)|
|Highest ranking||1 (June 23, 2011 With Cai Yun)|
|Updated on 09:38, 26 October 2013 (UTC).|
Combining Fu Haifeng's impressive power with his regular partner Cai Yun's impressive speed, Cai and Fu have been one of the world's leading men's doubles teams since 2004. They have won numerous top tier events on the world circuit including the venerable All England Open Championships in 2005 and 2009 and the BWF World Championships in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Cai and Fu have helped China win five consecutive Thomas Cup (Men’s Team World Badminton Championships) (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012) and four consecutive Sudirman Cup (World Team Championships) (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011). Cai and Fu also competed together in the Olympic games 3 times, including the 2004, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2004 in Athens, and in 2008 in Beijing were silver medalists, losing a close final to Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.
At the 2010 BWF World Championshipsin Paris, they—being the fifth seed—beat the third seed Danish pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21–11, 21–18 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated the second seed Indonesian Olympic Champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 21–16, 21–13. In the finals, they overcame the first seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–18, 21–14 to win the world title for the 3rd time. They are the first Men's Doubles pair to achieve this feat.
Cai and Fu went on to win the Li-Ning China Masters Super Series. Being the fifth seed, they first defeated their second seed compatriots Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong 21–11, 21–16 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they made a great comeback against the third seed South Korean rival Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung 20–22, 21–13, 21–17. Cai and Fu then clinched their second China Masters title by defeating the fourth seed South Korean pair Yoo Yeon-seong and Ko Sung-hyun in 2 sets 21–14, 21–19. Cai and Fu won their third title in a row by winning the Yonex Japan Open Super Series. They, being the fifth seed, beat the young Korean Pair Cho Gun-woo and Kwon Yi-goo 21–14, 16–21, 21–12 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated their promising compatriots Zhang Nan and Chai Biao 21–17, 21–16. In the finals, they made a great comeback again against the first seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–14, 21–12 to win their first Japan Open title.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, they defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the final to win the gold medal.
Having had 1 Olympic gold medal and 4 World Championship titles, as well as many other titles, Cai and Fu are one of the most successful men's doubles pair in badminton history. They have expressed the will to continue their career together as long as they can after the 2012 Summer Olympics.
An ancillary badminton achievement of Fu is that while competing in the 2005 Sudirman Cup, one of his smashes was clocked at 332 km/h (206 mph), the fastest propulsion of a shuttle on record. Fu also fired a 303 km/h smash during game 3 of the 2010 BWF World Championships men's doubles final, which was confirmed by the commentator Gillian Clark as the fastest of the tournament. The fastest smash by Fu during the 2011 Sudirman Cup final was clocked at 291 km/h.
In 2014, Fu played with mixed doubles champion Zhang Nan in the All England Super Series. They lost to the Indonesian pair Muhammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the quarter finals 21-23 20-22. Later on it, they took a revenge at Denmark Open Super Series, and became the champion after beating top seed Korean pair Lee Yongdae and Yoo Yeonseong in 2 straight sets in the final.
In 2015, his performance with Zhang Nan was so stable after reaching several Super Series Finals such as Singapore Open, Indonesia Open, Japan Open, All England as runners-up.
In 2016, they won the Singapore Open Super Series after beating the top seed from Korea Lee/Yoo in 2 straight sets at semi final. Their performance later in several Super Series was not so climatic. As they were seeded 4th in the Olympic Games in Rio, they managed to play all the best they could and finally got out as winners as Fu claimed his second gold medal in men's doubles category after beating Malaysian's pair Tan/Goh in 3 sets. His achievement in Rio was so amazing as he was 32 years old and was still able to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games. He reached 3 consecutive finals in the Olympic Games with two different partners and won two gold medals.
|1||Doubles||2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|1||Doubles||2012||London, United Kingdom|
|2||Team||2014||Incheon, South Korea|
|1||Doubles||2011||London, United Kingdom|
|3||Doubles||2003||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|1||Team||2013||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|1||Team||2010||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|1||Team||2006||Sendai and Tokyo, Japan|
|3||Team||2014||New Delhi, India|
|PRC National Games|
|1||Doubles||2012||Hong Kong Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2012||Korea Open Super Series Premier|
|1||Doubles||2011||Hong Kong Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2011||Yonex Japan Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2011||Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier|
|1||Doubles||2011||Li-Ning Singapore Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2011||Badminton Asia Championships|
|1||Doubles||2010||Yonex Japan Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2010||Li-Ning China Masters Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2009||Yonex All England Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2008||Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold|
|1||Doubles||2008||Yonex Korea Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2007||French Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2007||China Masters Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2007||Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2007||Aviva Singapore Open Super Series|
|1||Doubles||2006||Chinese Taipei Open|
|1||Doubles||2005||Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open|
|1||Doubles||2005||Yonex All England Open|
|1||Doubles||2005||Yonex German Open|
|2||Doubles||2011||Li-Ning China Masters Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2010||Victor Korea Open Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2009||Li-Ning China Masters Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2009||Djarum Indonesia Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2008||Denmark Open Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2007||Yonex All England Open Super Series|
|2||Doubles||2005||Proton Malaysia Open|
|2||Doubles||2004||Djarum Indonesia Open|
|2||Doubles||2004||Yonex Japan Open|
|2||Doubles||2003||Yonex German Open|
|2||Doubles||2003||Proton Eon Malaysia Open|
|3||Doubles||2011||Yonex All England Open Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2011||Victor-BWF Super Series Finals|
|3||Doubles||2009||Wilson Swiss Open Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2008||Li-Ning China Masters Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2008||Proton Malaysia Open Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2007||Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2007||Denmark Open Super Series|
|3||Doubles||2007||Macau Open Grand Prix Gold|
|3||Doubles||2006||Yonex Japan Open|
|3||Doubles||2006||Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open|
|3||Doubles||2006||Proton Malaysia Open|
|3||Doubles||2005||Yonex Japan Open|
|3||Doubles||2004||Yonex All England Open|
|3||Doubles||2003||Siam Cement Thailand Open|
Fu's grandfather was from Liancheng, Fujian. Once his grandfather migrated to Indonesia, because of the anti-Chinese riots in 1960s there, his family moved back to China and settled in Jieyang, Guangdong.