Goh Soon Huat glad to finally receive nod to play in Jakarta

All systems go: The Indonesian Open will be Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie’s first tournament after the Sudirman Cup in Nanning, China in May.

PETALING JAYA: A relieved Goh Soon Huat has vowed to make up for lost time at the Indonesian Open.

The mixed doubles shuttler was cleared to compete in Jakarta from Tuesday after he was given a clean bill of health for a left hamstring injury which he picked up during training last month.

The 28-year-old has been hit by a series of thigh injuries since the Asian Championships in April and it was later found out that his left leg is weaker than the other leg.

“Now I know why my movement is kind of restricted on the court,” said Soon Huat.

“For instance, when I rush to my right to retrieve the shuttle, it will be quite challenging to move to the left for my backhand. Because of that, my left leg is prone to injuries.

“During treatment, I’ve been focusing on strengthening the left leg. Fortunately, everything went well and I no longer feel any pain,” he added.

Soon Huat is also glad that he has returned just in time with the Olympic qualification going into full swing starting with the Indonesian Open.

It will be Soon Huat and partner Shevon Lai Jemie’s first competition since the Sudirman Cup in Nanning, China in May.

The world No. 13 made it to the quarter-finals of the New Zealand Open in early May but were forced to skip the Australian Open last month.

“I’m so glad that I got the clearance. Despite being pain-free and training normally in the past few weeks, coach (Chin) Ee Hui has been assessing my conditions closely before giving me the green light,” said Soon Huat.

“There’s no time to waste and it’s crucial for me to play in the coming events which offer a lot of ranking points. We’re both determined to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

“(Chan) Peng Soon-(Goh) Liu Ying and (Tan) Kian Meng-(Lai) Pei Jing are also in the running for the Olympic tickets and we hope to be one of the two pairs who will make the cut.”

Soon Huat-Shevon face Japan’s Kohei Gondo-Ayane Kurihara in the opening hurdle and a win should see them clash with sixth seeds Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia in the second round.

They have also been entered for the Japan Open and Thailand Open in the following two weeks with the Indonesians standing in their way again in the first round of both tournaments.


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