Jin Wei ready to go the extra mile to improve fitness


  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018

PETALING JAYA: Goh Jin Wei knows that she has to work on her endurance as it has let her down before.

The 17-year-old struggled in physically demanding matches and the Malaysian Masters last week was a good example.

Then the world No. 43 gave Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand a fight, even taking the first game in the quarter-final.

But when the world No. 5 stepped up the pace, Jin Wei ran out of steam and went down 23-21, 6-21, 10-21.

Although disappointed with the defeat, the former world junior champion is ready to go the extra mile in her third straight competition – the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.

“Losing to Ratchanok was definitely disappointing. I thought I had a chance to beat her,” admitted Jin Wei, who also competed in the Thailand Masters two weeks earlier.

“But I think I played with the wrong strategy. I spent too much energy in the first game and I couldn’t keep up after that.

“It was a good experience and lesson for me. I know I’m going to keep improving.

“I will have to work on my stamina and physical endurance.

“I do want to see how I perform by competing in three tournaments in a row,” added Jin Wei.

The Penangite certainly started well as she thrashed India’s Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-7, 21-9 in the qualifiers yesterday.

The win earned her a meeting with junior rival Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia in the tournament proper.

Besides Jin Wei, mixed pair Chen Tang Jie-Peck Yen Wei also enjoyed a winning start to reach the main draw.

Tang Jie-Yen Wei, who were semi-finalists at the Thailand Masters, defeated homesters Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky-Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-15, 21-19.

They meet Taiwan’s Wang Chi-lin-Lee Chia-hsin in the tournament proper.

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