Badminton

Published: Saturday August 16, 2014 MYT 7:07:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2014 MYT 9:10:18 PM

Disappointed Liu Ying hopes to be back in January

Mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying (right) is still recovering from knee surgery and she hopes to resume training in November. - Filepic

Mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying (right) is still recovering from knee surgery and she hopes to resume training in November. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Mixed doubles specialist Goh Liu Ying’s heart is aching thinking about missing her fifth consecutive World Championships.

But she knows it is the price she has to pay in a bid to regain her form.

Liu Ying qualified for the world meet with Chan Peng Soon but they had to withdraw because of the former’s knee problems. She is still recovering after going under the knife in May.

The 24-year-old Liu Ying needs six months to recover and is hoping to train full swing in November.

“All my team-mates are preparing for it and I’m sad I could not join them. I have played in every world meet since my debut in 2009 (in Hyderabad),” said Liu Ying.

Liu Ying partnered Peng Soon in Paris (2010), London (2011) and Guangzhou (2013), said that she was progressing well after the surgery.

“It was tough in the beginning. I could not even balance myself on one feet. Now I am getting better under the rehabilitation programme,” she said.

“If all goes well, I hope to be back in November and push myself in training in December. I aim to compete in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold in January.”

Asked whether she would partner Peng Soon upon her return, she said: “It all depends on the coach. For now, I am not worried about who I will partner but how fast I can get better. That is my priority.”

In Liu Ying-Peng Soon’s absence, Malaysia’s only mixed doubles representative in Copenhagen is Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing.

Tags / Keywords: Goh Liu Ying, Chan Peng Soon, badminton, World Championships, Copenhagen

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