Robert Lin Woon Fui

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Robert Lin Woon Fui (born March 31, 1983) is a former Malaysian national badminton player.[2] He came fifth at the 2006 IBF World Championships – Men's Doubles with his partner Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari.[3] Lin works as a player-coach at the AirAsia Badminton Academy.[4]

Robert Lin Woon Fui
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Robert Lin Woon Fui
Native name凌文辉
Country (sports) Malaysia
BornMarch 31, 1983 (1983-03-31) (age 37)
Kepong, Malaysia
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
CoachMoe Chin Kiat, Rexy Mainaky, Park Joo-bong, Cheah Soon Kit
Official websitefacebook.com/fui.lin.98
Doubles
Highest ranking4[1]

Early lifeEdit

Lin was born in Kepong, Malaysia. He was the second child of Lin Yuet Ming and Chin Nyok Chin. Lin's love for the sport developed while accompanying his father to badminton sessions at age six. Though he loved playing the drums, he opted for badminton and became school champion when he was nine.

Four years later, Lin joined the Badminton Association of Malaysia academy following the guidance of Selangor state coach Moe Chin Kiat. When he turned 17, the coaches at the BAM academy, including Malaysian shuttler Cheah Soon Kit saw his potential in doubles and directed him accordingly.

CareerEdit

2002 - 2006Edit

In 2002, Lin was promoted to the Malaysian national back-up squad where he began his partnership with Fairuzizuan. Two years later, the pair broke through at the 2004 Badminton Asia Championships where they landed their first title.[5] They won the Malaysian National Circuit Grand Prix Finals a year later, upsetting favourites Chan Chong Ming-Koo Kien Keat in the finals on December 15.[6]

Their numerous victories over legendary Chinese badminton duo Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng rank among their favourite moments. On January 19, 2006, they thrashed the defending champions 15-3, 15-6 in the All-England Open.[3] The pair reached the semi-finals.[7]

That same year, they reached the Malaysian Open finals.[8] Lin and Fairuzizan again defeated Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng at the 2006 Badminton Asia Championships where they won 21-15, 13-21, 21-17.[9]

The Malaysians were dubbed the “Chinese men's doubles killer” as they defeated Guo Zhendong and Xie Zhongbo in the 2006 Badminton World Federation World Championships in Madrid. They won 15-21, 21-16, 21-14.[10]

Following numerous victories, Lin and Fairuzizuan's career stagnated and they split up in March 2007.[11] Before their split, they helped Malaysia win the team bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games, winning two of their three matches.[12]

2007Edit

Lin then partnered with Gan Teik Chai. Though the partnership took time to bear fruit, they won two bronze medals at the 2007 SEA Games in the men's doubles and team events.[13]

They faced their former partners Fairuzizuan and Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif at the Singapore Super Series [14] final in June 2008.

2008Edit

Lin partnered briefly with youngster Goh V Shem with whom he won the 2008 Malaysia International Challenge, defeating Ong Jian Guo-Gan Teik Chai 21-19, 21-18.[15]

2009 - 2010Edit

In 2009, Lin became the head coach of the AirAsia Badminton Academy.[4] He occasionally competed in tournaments.

While with AirAsia he continued to mentor V Shem, partnering with him from October 2009 to January 2010 while also pairing with Thien How Hoon.[16][17]

Under Lin's tutelage, Shem formed a formidable partnership with Tan Wee Kiong, winning a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games [18] and 2016 Olympic Games.[19]

2011 -Edit

Lin took a few years off to concentrate on his coaching career before returning to competitive action. Partnered with his best friend Lee Yan Sheng, he reached the man draw for the Osaka International Challenge in 2013[20] and the Smiling Fish Thailand International Series.[21]

Lin played in the inaugural Purple League for the Johor-based Nusajaya Badminton Club,[22] and coached several Hong Kong celebrities and prominent Malaysians in his spare time.

AchievementsEdit

World CupEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China   Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
18–21, 15–21   Silver

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Wongchawalitkul University,
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  Gan Teik Chai   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
15–21, 17–21   Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix/BWF Super SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2006 Malaysia Open   Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari   Chan Chong Ming
  Koo Kien Keat
21–14, 11–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2008 Singapore Open   Gan Teik Chai   Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari
  Mohd Zakry Latif
18–21, 17–21   Runner-up
  BWF Superseries tournament
  IBF World Grand Prix tournament

ReferencesEdit

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