Walking wounded Liu Ying’s future in doubt

Mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying (left) will have to go for surgery to fix her troublesome right knee. - Filepic

PUTRAJAYA: Shuttler Goh Liu Ying’s future is in doubt and it could see an end to her successful mixed doubles partnership with Chan Peng Soon.

Liu Ying went for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan yesterday and the prognosis on her right knee was not good at all.

“The condition is quite bad. The meniscus tear is bigger than before. I have also developed a small tear on my left knee.

“This is an old injury. I have had it since 2008 but I have handled it for the last five years by going for treatment. But now, it has become quite unbearable. I find it painful even when I walk,” she said with tears welling in her eyes.

Liu Ying said that she had two options.

She could either go for a minor surgery that will rule her out of the game for four months or go for a major one, which will see her out of action from six to eight months.

“I will seek advice from the NSI (National Sports Institute) and see how best to deal with this issue.”

When asked about her future with Peng Soon, she was not non-committal.

The world No. 5 pair have been entered for next month’s Korean Open and Malaysian Open. And they have also been lined up for a few major tournaments – the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games.

“I am not sure about it (her partnership with Peng Soon) right now. All I want to do now is to focus on my recovery,” she said.

“If I decide to go for surgery, then I will encourage Peng Soon to play with another partner. It is not fair for me to keep him waiting,” added Liu Ying.

National coach Jeremy Gan said he would resolve the matter as soon as possible.

“Liu Ying told me of her condition based on the MRI report. She has sacrificed so much for the sport but her condition is not getting any better,” said Jeremy.

“We will discuss this with Liu Ying and Peng Soon, the NSI team, the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) and will come out with the best solution. For now, I do not want to make any decision on their future,” added Jeremy.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying are the country’s top mixed doubles pair. They have won four titles – 2010 Asian Badminton Championships, 2011 German Open, 2012 Japan Open Super Series and 2012 Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold – over the last five years.

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