KUALA LUMPUR: This year has been a roller-coaster ride for shuttler Goh Jin Wei. But she’s cool about it.
The 17-year-old will take a break from badminton competitions until the end of the year and she believes it will give her time to come back recharged for next season.
The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champion failed to make an impact at the World Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, last week.
She lost to reigning Asian junior champion Han Yue of China in the mixed team final. She then went down tamely to the same player in the semi-final of the individual competition.
Han Yue went on to lose to Indo-nesian Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the final.
“Overall, I’m fine with my performance.
“I reached my semi-final target, so that was good,” said the 2015 world junior champion.
Jin Wei, who made her international debut in 2014, said that she has learned over the years that “it’s pointless to be hard on yourself”.
“There will surely be ups and downs. I’m quite satisfied with what I’ve accomplished this year. It’s more important to enjoy the game,” she said.
“I was injured at the start of the year but managed to come out of it. My best was delivering a gold for the country at the KL Games.”
She also did well to reach the Taiwan Open Grand Prix Gold final in June and finished second at the Singapore International Series in September.
“That’s it. I’m done for this year. I’ve given my best. There’ll be many more tournaments next year and I’ll be better prepared,” said Jin Wei, who has dropped from world No. 26 to No. 43.
Jin Wei said that she needed the break to focus on her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations next month.
“I missed school for the most part of this year and had to do my own revision. I want to complete the SPM examinations so that I can come back and focus 100% on badminton,” she said.
Jin Wei is the country’s second ranked women’s singles shuttler after Soniia Cheah (world No. 26).