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Tan Boon Heong (born 18 September 1987 in Alor Setar, Kedah) is a former World No.1 Malaysian male professional badminton player in the men's doubles event.

Tan Boon Heong
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong vs Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis 07.jpg
Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 29)
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
Handedness Left
Coach Lee Wan Wah
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (11 October 2007)
Current ranking 30 (22 June 2017)
BWF profile
Tan Boon Heong
Traditional Chinese 陳文宏
Simplified Chinese 陈文宏

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Badminton careerEdit

2004-2006Edit

He was previously paired with Hoon Thien How, with whom he won the World Junior Championships in 2004 and a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Badminton Championships.

2006Edit

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.

2007Edit

2007 was the best year for Koo and Tan. They became the first qualifiers to win the Super Series at the Malaysian Open.[1] They also became the World No.1 that year. They win their first All England Super Series after beating Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in straight games.

2008Edit

They competed at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals.

2009Edit

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.[2] Later, two won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships

2010Edit

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.

2011Edit

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.

2012Edit

They competed at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the semi-finals, and losing 2 - 0 in the bronze medal match.[3][4]

2013Edit

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.

2014Edit

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.

2015Edit

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.

2016Edit

Tan and Koo had a string of good runs to finish in 11th place in the 2016 race to rio olympic standings. However they did not manage to qualify because they were ranked behind fellow Malaysians Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France   Koo Kien Keat   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–18, 18–21, 14–21   Silver
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India   Koo Kien Keat   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
21–16, 14–21, 20–22   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India   Koo Kien Keat   Anthony Clark
  Nathan Robertson
21–19, 21–14   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China   Koo Kien Keat   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21–16, 24–26, 19–21   Silver
2006 Aspire Hall 3, Doha, Qatar   Koo Kien Keat   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   Koo Kien Keat   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
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

Men's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 National Sports Complex, Vientiane, Laos   Koo Kien Keat   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
17–21, 17–21   Silver

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2004 Minoru Arena, Richmond, Canada   Hoon Thien How   Lee Yong-dae
  Jung Jung-young
15–6, 3–15, 15–12   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
2017 Australian Open   Hendra Setiawan   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2013 French Open   Koo Kien Keat   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Markis Kido
16–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open   Koo Kien Keat   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
16–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Denmark Open   Koo Kien Keat   Shin Baek-choel
  Yoo Yeon-seong
21–19, 11–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2012 Japan Open   Koo Kien Keat   Kim Gi-jung
  Kim Sa-rang
16–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2011 All England Open   Koo Kien Keat   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–15, 18–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2010 Japan Open   Koo Kien Keat   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–18, 14–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2010 Swiss Open   Koo Kien Keat   Ko Sung-hyun
  Yoo Yeon-seong
18–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2010 Malaysia Open   Koo Kien Keat   Guo Zhendong
  Xu Chen
21–15, 17–21, 21–16   Winner
2009 China Open   Koo Kien Keat   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
13–21, 21–19, 18–21   Runner-up
2009 French Open   Koo Kien Keat   Markis Kido
  Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 15–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2009 Denmark Open   Koo Kien Keat   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
20–22, 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2009 Swiss Open   Koo Kien Keat   Mathias Boe
  Carsten Mogensen
21–14, 21–18   Winner
2008 Super Series Masters Finals   Koo Kien Keat   Jung Jae-sung
  Lee Yong-dae
21–18, 21–14   Winner
2007 Denmark Open   Koo Kien Keat   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
14–21, 21–14, 21–12   Winner
2007 Swiss Open   Koo Kien Keat   Jens Eriksen
  Martin Lundgaard Hansen
17–21, 21–16, 21–12   Winner
2007 All England Open   Koo Kien Keat   Cai Yun
  Fu Haifeng
21–15, 21–18   Winner
2007 Malaysia Open   Koo Kien Keat   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   Koo Kien Keat   Lee Jhe-huei
  Lee Yang
21–18, 14–21, 7–21   Runner-up
2016 Malaysia Masters   Koo Kien Keat   Markus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 13–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2015 Dutch Open   Koo Kien Keat   Manu Attri
  B. Sumeeth Reddy
21–15, 21–10   Winner
2015 Thailand Open   Koo Kien Keat   Wahyu Nayaka
  Ade Yusuf
22–20, 21–23, 16–21   Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Masters   Koo Kien Keat   Goh V Shem
  Lim Khim Wah
20–22, 15–21   Runner-up
2012 Malaysia Masters   Koo Kien Keat   Chooi Kah Ming
  Ow Yao Han
21–15, 21–19   Winner
2011 Malaysia Masters   Koo Kien Keat   Alvent Yulianto Chandra
  Hendra Aprida Gunawan
21–16, 21–7   Winner
2009 Macau Open   Koo Kien Keat   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
21–14, 17–21, 21–12   Winner
2009 Malaysia Masters   Koo Kien Keat   Gan Teik Chai
  Tan Bin Shen
21–11, 21–13   Winner
2008 Macau Open   Koo Kien Keat   Fang Chieh-min
  Lee Sheng-mu
21–16, 21–18   Winner
2007 Macau Open   Koo Kien Keat   Choong Tan Fook
  Lee Wan Wah
21–18, 17–21, 23–21   Winner
2007 Philippines Open   Koo Kien Keat   Guo Zhendong
  Xie Zhongbo
21–8, 26–24   Winner
2006 Japan Open   Koo Kien Keat   Tony Gunawan
  Candra Wijaya
15–21, 14–21   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   Koo Kien Keat   Peter Briggs
  Tom Wolfenden
18–21, 21–16, 21–16   Winner
2015 White Nights   Koo Kien Keat   Marcus Ellis
  Chris Langridge
21–10, 21–12   Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International   Koo Kien Keat   Chooi Kah Ming
  Ow Yao Han
21–19, 21–17   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Men's Doubles results with Koo Kien Keat against Super Series finalists, Worlds Semi-finalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, plus all Olympic opponents.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kien Keat-Boon Heong on course for world domination". The Star. 22 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Phelan, Mark. "Badminton in Guinness Book of World Records". Badzine.net. 
  3. ^ "tournamentsoftware.com". tournamentsoftware.com. 

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