Big boost for Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Goh Liu Ying (left) and Chan Peng Soon (second from right) after signing a sponsorship deal with Daikin. Also present are BAM’s general manager Lawrence Chew and Daikin general manager Lawrence Song (second from left). – CHAN TAK KONG/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Every time mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying takes to the court, she does so with trepidation.
That’s because her right knee would swell and hurt after every match.
The 26-year-old shuttler had undergone surgeries on both her knees in 2014. She manages the pain by taking medicine and seeking the help of a physiotherapist.
Despite the pain, Liu Ying and her partner Chan Peng Soon bagged their first title of the season when they won the New Zealand Open in Auckland last Sunday.
Liu Ying admitted that the swelling and pain affected her focus during the New Zealand Open.
“I must thank Peng Soon for doing a good job of covering for me in the matches,” said Liu Ying, who has been partnering Peng Soon for the last five years.
The pair will feature in the Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Tuesday.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the swelling and pain on my right knee will not affect our performance in the Malaysian Open,” said Liu Ying after she and Peng Soon signed a one-year sponsorship deal with air-condition manufacturer Daikin on Thursday.
“Besides, we’ve got a tough draw in the Malaysian Open.”
The Malaysian pair, who will open their campaign against Indonesians Riky Widianto-Puspita Richi Dili in the first round. They face a tough hurdle in the second round as they will be up against fifth seed Xu Chen-Ma Jin of China.
“It’ll be tough against the Chinese pair, but we’ll take it one match at a time,” said Liu Ying.
Liu Ying-Peng Soon reached the mixed doubles final of the Malaysian Open in 2013.
Peng Soon said that there was no pressure on them to do well in the Malaysia Open.
“We want to enjoy every game. We hope to win the fans’ support by giving our best,” said Peng Soon.
Liu Ying-Peng Soon, who are expected to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Lawrence Chew and Daikin general manager Lawrence Song signed the sponsorship documents at a simple ceremony here yesterday.
Lawrence Chew said that Liu Ying-Peng Soon would have the Daikin logo printed on their T-shirts for the Malaysian Open.
“We’re delighted with Daikin’s support towards the players,” he said