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Koo Kien Keat (born 18 September 1985 in Ipoh, Perak) is a former Malaysian professional badminton player. He succeeded in both men's and mixed doubles but is best known for his partnership with Tan Boon Heong with whom, he reached a career high ranking of world number 1.

Koo Kien Keat
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Koo Kien Keat
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 32)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)
Years active 2003 - present
Handedness Right
Coach Lee Wan Wah
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking 13 (3 November 2016)
BWF profile
Koo Kien Keat
Traditional Chinese 古健傑
Simplified Chinese 古健杰

In 2013, after a series of early round exits, Koo announced his retirement to become a coach for the Granular Club of Thailand. He later came out of retirement in 2015 and reunited with Tan on a bid to qualify for their third Olympic outing. Although their comeback was considerably successful, Koo and Tan narrowly failed to qualify for Rio 2016. Koo later reannounced his retirement citing the 2016 Hong Kong Open as his last match.

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Badminton careerEdit

In 2004, he played in the Thomas Cup with Chew Choon Eng. They gave a strong performance during the second doubles match against Flandy Limpele and Eng Hian of Indonesia in the quarter finals. However, after the tournament, the Badminton Association of Malaysia decided to partner him with Chan Chong Ming who previously partnered Choon Eng. Later, they won the bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships.

In 2006, he started to play with Tan Boon Heong. Together, they won the gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games as an unseeded pair. En route to the finals, they defeated several top pairs including Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia. They are the youngest ever men's doubles pair to win an Asian Games gold medal at the age of 22 and 19 respectively. 2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They won several Super Series tournaments and climbed to the top of world rankings. They also won their first All England Super Series title after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.

In 2008, he and Tan competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals and in 2009, the two won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships. At the 2010 BWF World Championships, the pair entered the semifinals after beating Korean rivals Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung. In the semifinals they defeated China's Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen 21-14, 21-18. Tan and Koo became the first Malaysian pair to enter a World Championship final in 13 years. In the finals, they played China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng but lost 21-18, 18-21, 14-21. This year was the last year Koo and Tan ranked world number 1 but managed to remain in the top 5 until 2013. At the 2011 All England Super Series Premier, Boon Heong and Kien Keat defeated 2008 Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the quarterfinals. They then defeated World champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-11, 23-21. They lost to the Danes and then world number 1 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-15, 18-21, 18-21. In doing so, they failed to win their 2nd All England title.

In 2012, they competed at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals losing to the eventual gold medalists, and then losing in the bronze medal match to the Koreans.[3][4] In 2013, they suffered a series of early round exits in 2013 and a three-year major title drought but managed to remain in the top 10 of the world rankings. In 2014,Koo parted with the Badminton Association of Malaysia and became a coach for the Granular Club of Thailand in early 2014. In August that year, Koo returned to play his last tournament with Tan at the 2014 BWF World Championships. Their supposedly last match together was in the third round where they lost to a Chinese Taipei pair with a score of 19-21 in the deciding game.

In 2015, Koo announced that he is coming out of retirement to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics with Tan before they call it quits for good. They were sponsored by Seri Mutiara Development Sdn Bhd and playing for an independent club. They achieved several breakthroughs this year, winning the Russian Open, Dutch Open and finishing as runner ups at the Thailand Open. They also made it to two Super Series quarterfinals in Australia and Korea. In 2016, Koo and Tan managed to enter the top 15 of the world rankings. However, due to the new Olympic qualification requirement set by the BWF whereby each country can only send two representatives for each event only if they are both in the top 10 world rankings of their discipline and if they are not then only the highest ranked representative will contest, Koo and Tan narrowly failed to qualify for the Olympics. By the time the qualification period had ended, the two were ranked world number 14 just one rank behind compatriots Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong who were selected instead and went on to win the silver medal. In November, Koo reannounced his retirement from professional badminton, citing the Hong Kong open as his last tournament.

Personal lifeEdit

He began his studies at St. Michael's Institution in Ipoh, Perak. Later, he received an offer to go to Bukit Jalil Sports School, where he completed his secondary school studies and sat for the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) examination. He married Audrey Tan Su Ven in 2013, and has a son, Dayson, who was born in 2014.

Playing styleEdit

Koo Kien Keat moves very fast around the net areas and is adventurous with deceptive shots. He also reacts very well on fast flat exchanges. A favourite formation is when he is on the front court and his partner, the main smasher, attacks from the rear of the court with powerful, left-handed smashes.

Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are an explosive and dynamic pair in their game style.

In 2010, they won their first title of the year in their home, Malaysia, as the world number 1 pair. They came in seeded number 1 in the All England but lost in the first round to Denmark former world champions Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen.

In the 2010 BWF World Championships they beat the young Chinese pair of Chai Biao & Zhang Nan in the quarter-finals and later their arch rivals, the South Koreans Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae, in 3 sets to reach the semi-finals. After that, they beat another Chinese pair of Guo Zhendong & Xu Chen to reach their first ever finals in world championship. The only other Malaysian pair to reach that far before them were Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit.

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France   Tan Boon Heong   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–18, 18–21, 14–21   Silver
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India   Tan Boon Heong   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
21–16, 14–21, 20–22   Bronze
2005 Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, United States   Chan Chong Ming   Candra Wijaya
  Sigit Budiarto
9–15, 11–15   Bronze

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain   Wong Pei Tty   Anthony Clark
  Donna Kellogg
14–21, 12–21   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India   Tan Boon Heong   Anthony Clark
  Nathan Robertson
21–19, 21–14   Gold
2006 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia   Chan Chong Ming   Choong Tan Fook
  Wong Choong Hann
21–13, 21–14   Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India   Chin Eei Hui   Nathan Robertson
  Jenny Wallwork
22–20, 21–12   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Tan Boon Heong   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21–16, 24–26, 19–21   Silver
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar   Tan Boon Heong   Luluk Hadiyanto
  Alvent Yulianto
21–13, 21–14   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Tan Boon Heong   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
21–16, 16–21, 18–21   Bronze
2007 Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia   Tan Boon Heong   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
14–21, 21–11, 12–21   Silver

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos   Tan Boon Heong   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
17–21, 17–21   Silver
2005 PhilSports Arena, Metro Manila, Philippines   Chan Chong Ming   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
13–15, 13–15   Bronze

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos   Wong Pei Tty   Nova Widianto
  Lilyana Natsir
15–21, 15–21   Bronze
2005 PhilSports Arena, Metro Manila, Philippines   Wong Pei Tty   Anggun Nugroho
  Yunita Tetty
9–15, 5–15   Bronze

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Pretoria, South Africa   Ong Soon Hock   Han Sang-hoon
  Park Sung-hwan
15–7, 8–15, 4–15   Bronze

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Ong Soon Hock   Han Sang-hoon
  Kim Dae-sung
15–13, 15–13   Gold

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 French Open   Tan Boon Heong   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Markis Kido
16–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open   Tan Boon Heong   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
16–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Denmark Open   Tan Boon Heong   Shin Baek-choel
  Yoo Yeon-seong
21–19, 11–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2012 Japan Open   Tan Boon Heong   Kim Gi-jung
  Kim Sa-rang
16–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2011 All England Open   Tan Boon Heong   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–15, 18–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2010 Japan Open   Tan Boon Heong   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–18, 14–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2010 Swiss Open   Tan Boon Heong   Ko Sung-hyun
  Yoo Yeon-seong
18–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2010 Malaysia Open   Tan Boon Heong   Guo Zhendong
  Xu Chen
21–15, 17–21, 21–16   Winner
2009 China Open   Tan Boon Heong   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
13–21, 21–19, 18–21   Runner-up
2009 French Open   Tan Boon Heong   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 15–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2009 Denmark Open   Tan Boon Heong   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
20–22, 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2009 Swiss Open   Tan Boon Heong   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–14, 21–18   Winner
2008 Super Series Masters Finals   Tan Boon Heong   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
21–18, 21–14   Winner
2007 Denmark Open   Tan Boon Heong   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
14–21, 21–14, 21–12   Winner
2007 Swiss Open   Tan Boon Heong   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
17–21, 21–16, 21–12   Winner
2007 All England Open   Tan Boon Heong   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–15, 21–18   Winner
2007 Malaysia Open   Tan Boon Heong   Tony Gunawan
  Candra Wijaya
21–15, 21–18   Winner
     Superseries Finals Tournament
     Superseries Premier Tournament
     Superseries Tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vietnam Open   Tan Boon Heong   Lee Jhe-huei
  Lee Yang
21–18, 14–21, 7–21   Runner-up
2016 Malaysia Masters   Tan Boon Heong   Markus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 13–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2015 Dutch Open   Tan Boon Heong   Manu Attri
  B. Sumeeth Reddy
21–15, 21–10   Winner
2015 Thailand Open   Tan Boon Heong   Wahyu Nayaka
  Ade Yusuf
22–20, 21–23, 16–21   Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Masters   Tan Boon Heong   Goh V Shem
  Lim Khim Wah
20–22, 15–21   Runner-up
2012 Malaysia Masters   Tan Boon Heong   Chooi Kah Ming
  Ow Yao Han
21–15, 21–19   Winner
2011 Malaysia Masters   Tan Boon Heong   Alvent Yulianto Chandra
  Hendra Aprida Gunawan
21–16, 21–7   Winner
2009 Macau Open   Tan Boon Heong   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
21–14, 17–21, 21–12   Winner
2009 Malaysia Masters   Tan Boon Heong   Gan Teik Chai
  Tan Bin Shen
21–11, 21–13   Winner
2008 Macau Open   Tan Boon Heong   Fang Chieh-min
  Lee Sheng-mu
21–16, 21–18   Winner
2007 Macau Open   Tan Boon Heong   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
21–18, 17–21, 23–21   Winner
2007 Philippines Open   Tan Boon Heong   Guo Zhendong
  Xie Zhongbo
21–8, 26–24   Winner
2006 Japan Open   Tan Boon Heong   Tony Gunawan
  Candra Wijaya
15–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2006 Malaysia Open   Chan Chong Ming   Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari
  Lin Woon Fui
14–21, 21–11, 21–17   Winner
2006 Swiss Open   Chan Chong Ming   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
17–14, 8–15, 17–14   Winner
2005 Denmark Open   Chan Chong Ming   Lars Paaske
  Jonas Rasmussen
15–6, 15–7   Winner
2004 Chinese Taipei Open   Chan Chong Ming   Hendra Aprida Gunawan
  Joko Riyadi
6–15, 15–13, 15–6   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Chinese Taipei Open   Wong Pei Tty   Muhammad Rizal
  Endang Nursugianti
15–3, 15–5   Winner
2004 Singapore Open   Wong Pei Tty   Nova Widianto
  Liliyana Natsir
1–15, 4–15   Runner-up
     Grand Prix Gold Tournament
     Grand Prix Tournament
     IBF World Grand Prix Tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Swiss International   Tan Boon Heong   Peter Briggs
  Tom Wolfenden
18–21, 21–16, 21–16   Winner
2015 White Nights   Tan Boon Heong   Marcus Ellis
  Chris Langridge
21–10, 21–12   Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International   Tan Boon Heong   Chooi Kah Ming
  Ow Yao Han
21–19, 21–17   Winner
2004 French International   Gan Teik Chai   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Jesper Larsen
15–6, 17–15   Winner
2003 Malaysia Satellite   Gan Teik Chai   Hong Chieng Hun
  Lin Woon Fui
15–7, 17–16   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Biography (in Chinese)

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