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Tan Wee Kiong AMN (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 achieve such a feat since 1996. In November 2016, they reached a career-high ranking of world number 1, making them the third ever Malaysian men's doubles pair to do so.

Tan Wee Kiong
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Personal information
Born (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 30)
Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachCheah Soon Kit
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1 (7 November 2016)
Current ranking15 (30 April 2019)
BWF profile
Tan Wee Kiong
Traditional Chinese陳煒強
Simplified Chinese陈炜强
Commonwealth Games 2014 badminton double final

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Tan was born on 21 May 1989 in Johor to Tan Cham Swe and Tan Yok Hua. His brothers, Tan Wee Tat and Tan Wee Gieen, are also professional badminton players. Tan started playing badminton when he was 6 and joined Bukit Jalil Sport School when he was 13.[1] Tan and beautician Chia Shi Leng wed in 2016.[2] Due to Tan's tight schedule, their wedding reception was held in December 2017 at The St. Regis Hotel Kuala Lumpur, with 700 guests in attendance.[3] The couple welcomed their first son in March 2019.[4]

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.

2010–2014Edit

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–presentEdit

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. 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 Syed Modi International 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. In the quarter-finals, they stun Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong to reach the semi-finals.[7]

Tan and Goh later beat Chai Biao and Hong Wei in the semifinals. They 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.[8]

In October 2016, Tan won his first Super Series tournament title with Goh at the 2016 Denmark Open.[9] In November, they became the new world number 1 in men's doubles.[10] In December, Tan and Goh won the 2016 Super Series Masters Finals.[11]

He briefly partnered with Ong Yew Sin before resuming his partnership with Goh in early 2018.

His partnership was resumed with Goh V Shem in order to help Malaysia in 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup. In the group stage, they defeated Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov from Russia. They were defeated by Denmark and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon by three sets:19-21 22-20 13-21.

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Goh V Shem   Zhang Nan
  Fu Haifeng
21–16, 11–21, 21–23   Silver

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
  Goh V Shem   Sachin Dias
  Buwaneka Goonethilleka
21–8, 21–13   Bronze
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
  Goh V Shem   Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
  Chayut Triyachart
21–12, 12–21, 21–15   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium,
Incheon, South Korea
  Goh V Shem   Lee Yong-dae
  Yoo Yeon-seong
6–21, 15–21   Bronze

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Mohd Lutfi Zaim   Li Tian
  Chai Biao
12–21, 8–21   Silver
2006 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Mohd Lutfi Zaim   Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif
  Vountus Indra Mawan
  Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 Stadium Juara,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Woon Khe Wei   Shin Baek-cheol
  Yoo Hyun-young
21–18, 16–21, 21–12   Gold
2006 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  Woon Khe Wei   Lee Yong-dae
  Yoo Hyun-young
15–21, 9–21   Silver

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[12] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[13]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Thailand Masters Super 300   Goh V Shem   Lu Ching-yao
  Yang Po-han
21–13, 21–17   Winner
2018 Malaysia Masters Super 500   Goh V Shem   Fajar Alfian
  Muhammad Rian Ardianto
21–14, 22–24, 13–21   Runner-up

BWF SuperseriesEdit

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.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 BWF Super Series Finals   Goh V Shem   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2016 Denmark Open   Goh V Shem   Bodin Isara
  Nipitphon Puangpuapech
14–21, 22–20, 21–19   Winner
2013 China Open   Hoon Thien How   Lee Yong-dae
  Yoo Yeon-seong
13–21, 12–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Syed Modi International   Goh V Shem   Pranaav Jerry Chopra
  Akshay Dewalkar
14–21, 24–22, 21–8   Winner
2015 U.S. Grand Prix   Goh V Shem   Vladimir Ivanov
  Ivan Sozonov
21–14, 21–17   Winner
2015 Russian Open   Goh V Shem   Vladimir Ivanov
  Ivan Sozonov
20–22, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Swiss Open   Goh V Shem   Cai Yun
  Lu Kai
19–21, 21–14, 17–21   Runner-up
2013 Macau Open   Hoon Thien How   Lee Sheng-mu
  Tsai Chia-hsin
21–16, 21–19   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Indonesia International   Ow Yao Han   Rendra Wijaya
  Rian Sukmawan
13–21, 21–19, 16–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Malaysia International   Woon Khe Wei   Mak Hee Chun
  Ng Hui Lin
21–6, 13–21, 21–17   Winner
2007 Malaysia International   Woon Khe Wei   Lim Khim Wah
  Ng Hui Lin
15–21, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

HonoursEdit

Honours of MalaysiaEdit

ReferencesEdit

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