Tian Houwei is an ex-professional Chinese Badminton player. He was born on 11 January, 1992 at Fuzhou, Fuijan, China. Like many other Chinese players, Tian took retirement from International Badminton at a young age in 2017 though he still plays for North Eastern Warriors in the Premier Badminton League.
Tian Houwei comes from China, a country which produces phenomenal shuttlers year after year. Born in the era of players like Lin Dan and Chen Long Tian worked hard to gain the recognition he has. Tian began playing in the year 2000, not particularly with a career-prone mindset but slowly grew into a professional player.
Rise to glory
and There weren't many achievements in the initial years of Houwei's career and his breakthrough moment was his win over Lee Chong Wei at 2013 Australian Open Grand Prix. This win was a huge boost for the 21 year old.
2009, the year of the (junior) debut of Tian Houwei saw him with 4 medals. Tian achieved 2 golds, one for boys' singles and other for mixed team categories at the World Junior Championships. He also clinched one gold and one silver at the Asian Junior Championships for boys' singles and mixed team categories respectively.
Houwei's best moment arguably came in 2016 when he reached the final of Yonex All England Championships 2016 where he had to settle for a silver after facing his own countryman Lin Dan in the final. This was also when he reached his career best working rank 6. His win in the 2013 Australian Open Grand Prix Grand Prix was also a remarkable moment. That gold medal was accompanied by another gold from the the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 where he emerged victorious in the final against Danish shuttler Hans-Kristian Vittinghus by 22-20 and 21-16.
Tian's career has been an up and down hill. While being impressive in the Grand Prix, he failed to win a medal at the Olympics which he once said was his ambition. He did grab a silver at the 2014 Asiad and a silver and a bronze medal at the 2015 and 2016 Asian Championships respectively. China Masters Grand Prix Gold 2017 was another tournament where Houwei showed his best and became the men's singles' category champion and claimed compliments from many.
Tian played for Delhi Dashers in PBL 2017 and now plays for North Eastern Warriors in the current season. Praised for his hard work, the Chinese will be remembered for the steady play he had by his fans.