PETALING JAYA: It’s never easy for an athlete to get going again after an injury.
The treatment, rehabilitation and training can be overwhelming.
But not so for mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying.
She doesn’t mind the hard work that awaits her when she reports for training today after enjoying a five-day Chinese New Year break.
Liu Ying had skipped the Malaysian Masters in Sibu two weeks ago with partner Chan Peng Soon after aggravating her knee injury.
She had to take three stem-cell injections as part of the recovery process.
“I took the last jab before the Chinese New Year. I’ll start with light training this week before picking up the pace,” said Liu Ying.
“It’ll be tougher but I’m used to it. It’ll take a few days to see progress. Honestly, I just can’t wait to play in my first international tournament this year.”
Olympic silver medallists Liu Ying-Peng Soon are hoping to make a creditable comeback at the German Open from Feb 28-March 5 and the All-England in Birmingham from March 7-12.
They’ve been struggling to regain the kind of form that saw them win a silver in the Rio Olympics last August. It also did not help that Peng Soon picked up an ankle injury en route to losing in the second round of the Denmark Open last October.
They have also dropped from world No. 3 to No. 7 in three months.
“We must start playing to stop dropping down the world ranking. Hopefully, Peng Soon and I can put up decent performances ... especially at the All-England,” said Liu Ying.
The pair’s best achievement at the All-England was in 2012, when they reached the semi-finals.
As for the Chinese New Year break, Liu Ying was just grateful to be able to catch up with family, friends and fans.
She was pleased that her legion of fans had sent her good wishes on the social media platforms.
“It was good to catch up with family and friends. It’s also nice to have good support from fans. I’ll surely return with greater motivation,” said Liu Ying.
While she continues to focus on her recovery in the next few weeks, Peng Soon has been paired with Chow Mei Kuan for the RM270,000 National Badminton Championships in Ulu Kinta, Perak, from Feb 19-25.