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Tan Wee Kiong (born 21 May 1989) is a Malaysian professional badminton player in the doubles event. He began partnership with his current partner, Goh V Shem at the 2014 Thomas Cup. Together, Tan and Goh won the gold medal in the men's doubles and the mixed team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They also won bronze at the 2014 Asian Games. In their Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics, they won the silver medal, becoming the first Malaysian pair to do so since 1996. In November 2016, they achieved a career-high ranking of world number 1.

Tan Wee Kiong
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Hoon Thien How - Tan Wee Kiong vs Lee Yong-dae - Yoo Yeon-seong 07.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 28)
Tangkak, Johor, Malaysia
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Handedness Right
Coach Jeremy Gan
Men's doubles
Highest ranking 1 (7 November 2016)
Current ranking 5 (24 August 2017)
BWF profile
Tan Wee Kiong
Traditional Chinese 陳煒強
Simplified Chinese 陈炜强

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Tan was born on 21 May 1989 in Tangkak, Johor to Tan Cham Swe and Tan Yok Hua. His brothers, Tan Wee Tat and Tan Wee Gieen is also a professional badminton players. He has a younger sister, Tan Yun Ying.[1] Tan started playing badminton when he was 6 and joined Bukit Jalil Sport School when he was 13.[2] In October 2016, he married his girlfriend, Chia Shi Leng after the Rio Olympics.[3]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Tan started his junior career as a mixed doubles player. However, he later transitioned into men's doubles. In 2007, he won the Asian Junior Championships mixed doubles gold medal with Woon Khe Wei. They were seeded second and first at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships but were defeated in the fourth round on both occasions.

2010–2014: Partnership with Hoon Thien HowEdit

In 2010, he briefly partnered Mak Hee Chun. They played together at the 2010 Asian Games but were beaten in the round of 32. Later, he partnered Hoon Thien How. They reached a career high of no. 7 worldwide. Their campaign at the 2013 World Championships ended in the third round after a loss to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng. Later that year, the pair reached their first ever Super Series semifinal at the French Open. Shortly after, the two won their first career title at the 2013 Macau Open. They were runners-up at the 2013 China Open and in that same year, they qualified for the Super Series Finals after the withdrawal of compatriots, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. However, they failed to advance past the group stage.

Tan played his last tournament with Hoon at the 2014 World Championships in August 2014. Their campaign ended in the quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual champions, Shin Baek-cheol and Ko Sung-hyun.

2014–2017: Partnership with Goh V ShemEdit

In May 2014, Tan was scratch partnered with Goh V Shem to play second men's doubles at the 2014 Thomas Cup. They won all four matches that they contested and defeated several highly ranked players along the way despite this being the first time ever that the two has played together internationally. Their debut partnership at the Thomas Cup was widely praised. Malaysia made it to the finals for the first time in 12 years but was narrowly defeated by Japan with a score of 2-3.

In August, Tan represented Malaysia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Goh V Shem. They went on to take the gold medal and were the only medalists in the tournament who were not seeded. En route to the gold medal, they defeated top seeds, Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis of England in the semifinals as well as 3rd seeds, Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart of Singapore in the finals. They also won all five matches they contested in the mixed team event, helping Malaysia secure their third consecutive mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Following the World Championships in September, Tan and Goh have been officially partnered. They represented Malaysia at the 2014 Asian Games where they made it to semifinals but were defeated by top seeds, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea. The defeat automatically earned them the bronze medal as there is no bronze medal playoffs in badminton at the Asian Games. En route to the semifinals, they defeated 5th seeds, Lee Sheng-mu / Tsai Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei in the round of 32 and 3rd seeds, Kenichi Hayakawa / Hiroyuki Endo of Japan in the quarterfinals with a score of 21-16, 21-16.

They were semifinalists at the 2015 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold in January that year. In March, they became runners-up to Cai Yun and Lu Kai at the 2015 Swiss Open.[4] At the 2015 Sudirman Cup in May, Goh and Tan managed to upset the World No. 1, Lee Yong-dae / Yoo Yeon-seong in the first group tie against South Korea. Malaysia topped Group D and were drawn against South Korea once again in the quarterfinals but failed to advance. At the 2015 World Championships in August, Tan and Goh defeated defending champions Shin Baek-cheol and Ko Sung-hyun in the second round but were defeated in the third round. Tan and Goh won their first title together at the 2015 U.S. Open.[5] They then went on to win their second title at the 2016 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold.[6] They then became beaten semifinalists at the All England Open and the Indian Super Series. At the 2016 Thomas Cup, Tan won three out of his five matches played. Malaysia made it to the semifinals but lost to eventual winners Denmark.

Tan and Goh made their Olympics debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. They won all their matches in the group stage to top group B and qualify for the quarter-finals.[7] In the quarter-finals, they stun world No. 1, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong to reach the semi-finals.[8] Tan and Goh later beat Chai Biao and Hong Wei in the semifinals to once again face Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the finals but this time falling short with a score of 21-16, 11-21, 21-23, taking home silver.[9]

In October 2016, Tan won his first Super Series tournament title with Goh at the 2016 Denmark Open.[10] In November, they became the new world number 1 in men's doubles.[11] In December, Tan and Goh won the 2016 Super Series Masters Finals.[12]

AchievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Family proud of Wee Kiong's success in Rio". The Borneo Post. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Meaningful silver medal for Wee Kiong's father". The Star. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Being married will add more spice to Wee Kiong's game on court". The Star. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Close but no cigar for V Shem-Wee Kiong in Basel". The Star. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Malaysians win big in California". The Star. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Goh-Tan celebrate with Indian Open victory (updated)". The Star. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Goh-Tan make it to quarters but it gets tougher now". The Star. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Wee Kiong-V Shem stun Koreans to reach Olympic semis". The Star. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "(Olympics) V Shem-Wee Kiong put up spirited fight, earn silver in men's doubles finals". New Straits Times. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "V Shem-Wee Kiong bag Denmark Open men's doubles title". The Malay Mail Online. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "(Badminton) V Shem-Wee Kiong are officially World No 1!". New Straits Times. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "V Shem-Wee Kiong crowned Dubai World Superseries Finals champions [VIDEO]". New Straits Times. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 

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