LIU YING’S SACRIFICE PAYS OFF

Goh Liu Ying, one of Malaysia’s most talented mixed doubles player went through one of the most difficult time in her badminton career when she was forced to sacrifice the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games after doctor’s advice that she has to go for a knee surgery in order to get back on court. It was an old injury for the 26 year-old Liu Ying who had been suffering since 2008. Although it was a very tough decision to make as Peng Soon and her were ranked No.8 in the world rankings back then, she knew that her ultimate goal was to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, hence she agreed to go under the knife in May last year.

After a good ten months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, Liu Ying was back on court but unfortunately, at that point of time, her world ranking with partner, Chan Peng Soon had dropped to 283. It was an uphill task for her but the determined Liu Ying worked really hard with Peng Soon and it resulted in them winning two international titles, the 41st Yonex Polish Open International Challenge and the Russian Open Grand Prix. They were also the runner-up at the Orleans International Challenge and SEA Games.

Their impressive performance had a tremendous improvement in their world rankings and currently, the pair are ranked No. 17 in the world. In addition with the title they clinched in Mexico, the rankings are set to go higher.

Currently, the national team are having their break camp from 21st-27th December and they resume training on the 28thDecember. Liu Ying will only be reaching Malaysia from Mexico on 23rd December, hence only having a few days to spend with her family. When asked on her vacation plans. Liu Ying mentioned that she will be spending her vacation in Bangkok.

“Although I may not be able to enjoy a full one week of my vacation, I am still glad that the next few days will be spent with my family in Bangkok. Furthermore, the win in Mexico was worth the trip and I am definitely motivated to begin the year 2016 with more confidence and better results,” said the former world No.3.

Liu Ying and her mixed doubles partner, Chan Peng Soon will next focus on the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold 2016 which will be held in Penang from the 19th -24th January next month.

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