KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei could make a swift return to competition at the Malaysian Masters next week — less than three months after she underwent a colectomy surgery.
The 19-year-old has received the green light from her doctor to play in the World Tour season-opener at the Axiata Arena in Bukil Jalil starting on Tuesday.
And now, Jin Wei is hoping for a lucky break as she can only play if there’s any last-minute withdrawal to pave the way for her to make the qualifying draw.
The chances of Jin Wei getting in are certainly high as she’s currently placed first in the reserve list.
National women head coach Datuk Tey Seu Bock is happy with Jin Wei’s quick return.
“Jin Wei is cleared to play but we’ve to wait until the team managers’ meeting on Monday (eve of the tournament) to know if she makes the cut, ” said Seu Bock.
“She’ll be on standby. It’s easy for us because this is a home tournament.”
Last year’s tournament was memorable for Jin Wei as she made it all the way to the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Prior to that, she had upstaged Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and China’s He Bingjiao.
If the two-time world junior champion gets to play, it will be her first competitive action since June last year, where she lost to compatriot Soniia Cheah in the first round of the Australian Open.
She took a long medical leave due to her stomach ailment which led to part of her colon being removed.
“Jin Wei has been coping well since she resumed training in November. She’s, however, far from 100% fit, ” said Seu Bock.
“We entered her for the tournament as any exposure will be good for her. We want to see how far she has progressed.
“We’ve asked her to take it easy. It’s not about the result, but the main intention is to get her competitive juices flowing again.”
Jin Wei has a lot of catching up to do though, as her long absence has caused her world ranking drop 29 rungs to 54th.
At 19, however, Jin Wei certainly has all the time in the world to get back to top again.