Tan Boon Heong
|Tan Boon Heong|
|Born||18 September 1987|
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
|Residence||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)|
|Years active||2004 - present|
|Coach||Rexy Mainaky |
Lee Wan Wah
|Highest ranking||1 (11 October 2007)|
|Current ranking||90 (22 October 2019)|
|Tan Boon Heong|
Nearing the Doha XV Asian Games in 2006, Rexy Mainaky (the Malaysian doubles coach) decided to split them up and partner Tan Boon Heong with Koo Kien Keat instead. This move, nevertheless, proved to be spot-on as this pair went on to become the Asian Games champion, winning the gold medal in their maiden outing by defeating the then Chinese world champions, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, in the quarterfinals, Indonesia's Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals, and finally Luluk Hadiyanto-Alvent Yulianto Chandra, also from Indonesia, in the finals. They are the youngest men double to win gold medal at Asian Games at the age of 21 and 19 respectively.
2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Super Series at the Malaysian Open. They also became the World No.1 that year. They won their first All England Super Series after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.
They competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals.
At the 2009 Japan Super Series, Boon Heong set the world record for badminton smashes at 421 km/h. This was done under lab conditions and recorded by Yonex representatives, and not in an official match. Later, two won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships
At the 2010 BWF World Championships, Boon Heong and partner Koo Kien Keat launched themselves into 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 Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat wrote their names in the record books, being the first Malaysian pair to enter a World Championships Final in 13 years. In the finals they played China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng and lost 21-18, 18-21, 14-21. The year 2010 was the last time Koo and Tan ranked World No.1.
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 Danes and world no.1 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-15, 18-21, 18-21. In doing so, they failed to win their 2nd All England title.
They suffered a lot of early round exits in 2013 and a three-year major title drought but they managed to remain in the top 5 of the world ranking.
As of March 2014 following the resignation of his partner, Koo Kien Keat, which was due to their deteriorating performance, Tan was scratch partnered with several men's doubles players including Goh V Shem, Ow Yao Han, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Keong. Following the tournament, Tan has been officially repartnered with Hoon Thien How. In August that year, Koo returned to play his last tournament with Tan at the 2014 BWF World Championships. Their 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 early 2015, Tan announced his resignation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia. Koo and Tan announced that they are coming out of retirement and try to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics before they call it quits for good. They are currently sponsored by Seri Mutiara Development Sdn Bhd They have achieved some breakthroughs this year. Winning the Russian Open, Yonex Dutch Open and finishing runners up in the Thailand Open. They have also made it to 2 Super Series quarterfinals in Australia and Korea.
Tan and Koo had a string of good runs to finish in 11th place in the 2016 race to Rio Olympics standings. However they did not manage to qualify because they were ranked behind fellow Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.
Tan and Hendra Setiawan debut tournament at Syed Modi International 2017 tournament, they managed to advance until the quarter-finals. They reached the final round at the Australian Open but were beaten by 3rd seed Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda from Japan
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2010||Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France||Koo Kien Keat|| Cai Yun
|21–18, 18–21, 14–21||Silver|
|2009||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|21–16, 14–21, 20–22||Bronze|
|2010||Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India||Koo Kien Keat|| Anthony Clark
|2010||Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China||Koo Kien Keat|| Markis Kido
|21–16, 24–26, 19–21||Silver|
|2006||Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar||Koo Kien Keat|| Luluk Hadiyanto
|2008||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Koo Kien Keat|| Jung Jae-sung
|21–16, 16–21, 18–21||Bronze|
|2007||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Koo Kien Keat|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|14–21, 21–11, 12–21||Silver|
|2006||Bandaraya Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia||Hoon Thien How|| Choong Tan Fook
Lee Wan Wah
|21–17, 11–21, 12–21||Silver|
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|2009||National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos||Koo Kien Keat|| Markis Kido
World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2004||Minoru Arena, Richmond, Canada||Hoon Thien How|| Lee Yong-dae
|15–6, 3–15, 15–12||Gold|
BWF Superseries (8 titles, 10 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: 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.
BWF Grand Prix (8 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit
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.
BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|2019||Dubai International||Shia Chun Kang|| Keiichiro Matsui
|2019||South Australia International||Shia Chun Kang|| Kim Duk-young
|14–21, 21–17, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Perth International||Shia Chun Kang|| Lee Chia-hao
|2015||Swiss International||Koo Kien Keat|| Peter Briggs
|18–21, 21–16, 21–16||Winner|
|2015||White Nights||Koo Kien Keat|| Marcus Ellis
|2015||Sri Lanka International||Koo Kien Keat|| Chooi Kah Ming
Ow Yao Han
Record against selected opponentsEdit
- Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng 5–11
- Chai Biao & Guo Zhendong 1–0
- Sun Junjie & Xu Chen 0–1
- Cai Yun & Xu Chen 0–1
- Liu Xiaolong & Qiu Zihan 6–1
- Guo Zhendong & Xie Zhongbo 1–0
- Chai Biao & Hong Wei 0–1
- Guo Zhendong & Xu Chen 3–0
- Fang Chieh-min & Lee Sheng-mu 1–1
- Lee Sheng-mu & Tsai Chia-hsin 2–3
- Lars Påske & Jonas Rasmussen 3–2
- Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen 10–5
- Jonas Rasmussen & Mads Conrad-Petersen 1–1
- Jens Eriksen & Martin Lundgård Hansen 4–0
- / Anthony Clark & Robert Blair 1–1
- Anthony Clark & Nathan Robertson 2–1
- Muhammad Ahsan & Bona Septano 2–3
- Luluk Hadiyanto & Alvent Yulianto Chandra 1–1
- Markis Kido & Hendra Setiawan 7–4
- Angga Pratama & Ryan Agung Saputra 1–1
- Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo & Marcus Fernaldi Gideon 0-3
- Muhammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan 2–1
- Markis Kido & Gideon Markus Fernaldi 0–1
- Shuichi Sakamoto & Shintaro Ikeda 3–2
- Naoki Kawamae & Shoji Sato 5–0
- Hirokatsu Hashimoto & Noriyasu Hirata 2–2
- Hiroyuki Endo & Kenichi Hayakawa 3–0
- Cho Gun-woo & Shin Baek-cheol 1–0
- Jung Jae-sung & Lee Yong-dae 3–13
- Ko Sung-hyun & Yoo Yeon-seong 1–6
- Lee Jae-jin & Hwang Ji-man 1–1
- Ko Sung-hyun & Lee Yong-dae 1–2
- Lee Yong-dae & Yoo Yeon-seong 0–1
- Kim Gi-jung & Kim Sa-rang 1–6
- Choong Tan Fook & Lee Wan Wah 3–1
- Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif & Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari 6–4
- Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong 0-2
- Bodin Issara & Maneepong Jongjit 2–0
- Howard Bach & Tony Gunawan 3–0
- / Tony Gunawan & Candra Wijaya 2–2
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