Fu Haifeng
傅海峰
Fu Haifeng, Mens Doubles Badminton Final (8172656810).jpg
Personal information
CountryChina
Born (1983-08-23) 23 August 1983 (age 38)
Jieyang, Guangdong, China
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
HandednessLeft
Men's doubles
Highest ranking1 (7 September 2006[1] with Cai Yun)
BWF profile
Fu Haifeng
Traditional Chinese傅海峰
Simplified Chinese傅海峰

Fu Haifeng (born 23 August 1983) is a Chinese former badminton player. He is regarded as one of the greatest men's doubles players of all time.

Sport career

Combining Fu Haifeng's impressive power with his regular partner Cai Yun's impressive speed, Cai and Fu have been one of the world's leading men's doubles teams since 2004. They have won numerous top tier events on the world circuit including the venerable All England Open Championships in 2005 and 2009 and the BWF World Championships in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Cai and Fu have helped China win five consecutive Thomas Cup (Men's Team World Badminton Championships) (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012) and four consecutive Sudirman Cup (World Team Championships) (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011). Cai and Fu also competed together in the Olympic games 3 times, including the 2004, the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2004 in Athens, and in 2008 in Beijing were silver medalists, losing a close final to Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

At the 2010 BWF World Championships in Paris, they—being the fifth seed—beat the third seed Danish pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21–11, 21–18 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated the second seed Indonesian Olympic Champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 21–16, 21–13. In the finals, they overcame the first seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–18, 21–14 to win the world title for the 3rd time. They are the first Men's Doubles pair to achieve this feat.

Cai and Fu went on to win the China Masters Super Series. Being the fifth seed, they first defeated their second seed compatriots Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong 21–11, 21–16 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they made a great comeback against the third seed South Korean rival Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung 20–22, 21–13, 21–17. Cai and Fu then clinched their second China Masters title by defeating the fourth seed South Korean pair Yoo Yeon-seong and Ko Sung-hyun in 2 sets 21–14, 21–19. Cai and Fu won their third title in a row by winning the Yonex Japan Open Super Series. They, being the fifth seed, beat the young Korean Pair Cho Gun-woo and Kwon Yi-goo 21–14, 16–21, 21–12 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they defeated their promising compatriots Zhang Nan and Chai Biao 21–17, 21–16. In the finals, they made a great comeback again against the first seed and Malaysian world no. 1 Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 18–21, 21–14, 21–12 to win their first Japan Open title.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, they defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the final to win the gold medal.

Having had 1 Olympic gold medal and 4 World Championship titles, as well as many other titles, Cai and Fu are one of the most successful men's doubles pair in badminton history.

An ancillary badminton achievement of Fu is that while competing in the 2005 Sudirman Cup, one of his smashes was clocked at 332 km/h (206 mph), the fastest propulsion of a shuttle on record.[2] Fu also fired a 303 km/h smash during game 3 of the 2010 BWF World Championships men's doubles final, which was confirmed by the commentator Gillian Clark as the fastest of the tournament. The fastest smash by Fu during the 2011 Sudirman Cup final was clocked at 291 km/h.

In 2014, Fu played with mixed doubles champion Zhang Nan in the All England Super Series. They lost to the Indonesian pair Muhammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the quarter finals 21-23 20–22. Later on it, they took revenge at Denmark Open Super Series, and became the champion after beating top seed Korean pair Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong in 2 straight sets in the final.

In 2015, his partnership with Zhang Nan was stable after reaching several Super Series Finals such as Singapore Open, Indonesia Open, Japan Open, All England as runners-up.

In 2016, they won the Singapore Open Super Series after beating the top seed from Korea Lee/Yoo in 2 straight sets at semi final. Their performance later in several Super Series was not so climatic. They were seeded 4th in the Olympic Games in Rio, as Fu claimed his second gold medal in men's doubles category after beating Malaysian's pair Tan/Goh in 3 sets. He ends his career having reached 3 consecutive finals in the Olympic Games with two different partners, winning gold twice.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2008 Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium, Beijing, China China Cai Yun Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–12, 11–21, 16–21
Silver medal.svg
Silver
2012 Wembley Arena, London, Great Britain China Cai Yun Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
21–16, 21–15
Gold medal.svg
Gold
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Zhang Nan Malaysia Goh V Shem
Malaysia Tan Wee Kiong
16–21, 21–11, 23–21
Gold medal.svg
Gold

BWF World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2003 National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom China Cai Yun Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
15–6, 10–15, 9–15
Bronze
Bronze
2006 Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain China Cai Yun England Robert Blair
England Anthony Clark
21–9, 21–13
Gold
Gold
2009 Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad, India China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–18, 16–21, 28–26
Gold
Gold
2010 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France China Cai Yun Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
18–21, 21–18, 21–14
Gold
Gold
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England China Cai Yun South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
24–22, 21–16
Gold
Gold
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China China Cai Yun Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
19–21, 17–21
Bronze
Bronze

World Cup

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2005 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Cai Yun Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
21–11, 21–18
Gold
Gold
2006 Olympic Park, Yiyang, China China Cai Yun Malaysia Lin Woon Fui
Malaysia Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari
15–21, 21–13, 17–21
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China China Cai Yun Japan Hirokatsu Hashimoto
Japan Noriyasu Hirata
21–12, 21–15
Gold
Gold
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Zhang Nan China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
21–23, 19–21
Bronze
Bronze

BWF Superseries (16 titles, 13 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[3] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[4] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2007 All England Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
15–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2007 Singapore Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
16–21, 24–22, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Indonesia Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
Malaysia Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari
21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 China Masters China Cai Yun Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–15, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 French Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Choong Tan Fook
Malaysia Lee Wan Wah
21–14, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Korea Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
21–7, 20–22, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Denmark Open China Shen Ye Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
15–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 All England Open China Cai Yun South Korea Han Sang-hoon
South Korea Hwang Ji-man
21–17, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Indonesia Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
15–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 China Masters China Cai Yun China Guo Zhendong
China Xu Chen
Walkover 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Korea Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
11–21, 21–14, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 China Masters China Cai Yun South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
21–14, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Japan Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
18–21, 21–14, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Singapore Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Hendra Aprida Gunawan
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
21–17, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Indonesia Open China Cai Yun China Chai Biao
China Guo Zhendong
21–13, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 China Masters China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
17–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Japan Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Bona Septano
21–13, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Denmark Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
16–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 French Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–14, 15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Hong Kong Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
14–21, 24–22, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Korea Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
18–21, 21–17, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 All England Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
23–21, 9–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Hong Kong Open China Cai Yun Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
21–16, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Denmark Open China Zhang Nan South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
21–13, 25–23 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 All England Open China Zhang Nan Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
17–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Indonesia Open China Zhang Nan South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Shin Baek-cheol
16–21, 21–16, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Angga Pratama
Indonesia Ricky Karanda Suwardi
15–21, 21–11, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Japan Open China Zhang Nan South Korea Lee Yong-dae
South Korea Yoo Yeon-seong
19–21, 27–29 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Singapore Open China Zhang Nan Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–11, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (8 titles, 8 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix was sanctioned by the International Badminton Federation from 1983 to 2006.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2003 Malaysia Open China Cai Yun South Korea Kim Dong-moon
South Korea Lee Dong-soo
15–17, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2003 German Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Eng Hian
Indonesia Flandy Limpele
15–9, 8–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Swiss Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
15–9, 17–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Japan Open China Cai Yun South Korea Ha Tae-kwon
South Korea Kim Dong-moon
7–15, 15–6, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2004 Indonesia Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto
Indonesia Alvent Yulianto
8–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 German Open China Cai Yun Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
6–15, 15–3, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 All England Open China Cai Yun Denmark Lars Paaske
Denmark Jonas Rasmussen
15–10, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2005 Malaysia Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Sigit Budiarto
Indonesia Candra Wijaya
11–15, 14–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2005 Hong Kong Open China Cai Yun Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
15–13, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 China Masters China Cai Yun Denmark Jens Eriksen
Denmark Martin Lundgaard Hansen
17–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2006 Chinese Taipei Open China Cai Yun South Korea Jung Jae-sung
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
21–14, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 Macau Open China Cai Yun China Guo Zhendong
China Zheng Bo
21–12, 9–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2006 China Open China Cai Yun Indonesia Markis Kido
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
16–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2008 Thailand Open China Cai Yun China Guo Zhendong
China Xie Zhongbo
21–17, retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Swiss Open China Zhang Nan China Chai Biao
China Hong Wei
20–22, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Chinese Taipei Open China Zhang Nan Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–13, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

Family

Fu's grandfather was from Liancheng, Fujian. Once his grandfather migrated to Indonesia, because of the anti-Chinese riots in 1960s there, his family moved back to China and settled in Jieyang, Guangdong.

References

  1. ^ "Historical 1994-2008 top-25 world ranking data".
  2. ^ Chinese Fu clocks fastest smash at Sudirman Cup
  3. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". IBadmintonstore. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.