Jin Wei hopes to recover in time for home tourney in January

  • Badminton
  • Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei (pic) has not ruled out a return at the Perodua Malaysian Masters from Jan 7-12 next year.

The 19-year-old, who has been out of action since June, has returned to light training last week after undergoing surgery for a stomach ailment last month.

She is now fighting to regain full fitness for the tournament, which will be the opening event for the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar in 2020.

“I feel much better now. It will be a few more weeks before I can return to full training but for now I think I’m at 50% from where I should be,” said Jin Wei.

“My name is on the list but I’m still unsure if I can make it on time.

If I’m going to play in the tournament, I want to make sure I’m fully recovered.

“I cannot expect to get back the form and performance that I was in like the last time.

“In the mean time, I will just do what is best for my health.”

Jin Wei has already ruled herself out of the Tokyo Olympics as she has missed nearly the whole qualification period since June.

Since she was sidelined, Jin Wei has seen her world rankings drop from 26th place in June to her current placing of 41st.

“To be honest I haven’t checked my rankings because I know I have dropped quite far. I just want to slowly fight back to my best form,” said Jin Wei, who was present at the announcement of the Perodua Malaysian Masters at the Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Also present were Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, secretary Datuk Kenny Goh together with Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd general manager Ichiro Otaki and Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

Norza is optimistic that the event will be another chance for Malaysians to stamp their mark, especially after the strong outing from the home team at the same event earlier in January.

Malaysia had 10 representatives in the semi-finals in Jin Wei (women’s singles), Liew Daren (men’s singles), Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and eventual runners-up Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (men’s doubles).

“If we look at the results, it was very encouraging,” he said.

“We are hoping it will be a chance for our players to rise to the occasion and prove they are ready for Tokyo 2020.

“I definitely hope our players will play well in front of the home fans.”

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