Vivian’s not done yet

A change of plan: Vivian Hoo initially wanted to hang up her racquet after the Tokyo Olympics qualification in April next year.

PETALING JAYA: Seasoned campaigner Vivian Hoo wanted to bow out in style by competing in as many badminton tournaments as she could.

But her wish was ended by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not wanting to end her career on a stale note, Vivian has deferred her retirement plans.

The 30-year-old doubles ace will now quit after the World Championships in Huelva, Spain, in November next year.

Initially, she had planned to hang up her racquet after the Tokyo Olympics qualification in April next year.

Vivian and her partner Yap Cheng Wen, who are ranked 25th in the world, will find it hard to qualify for the Olympics as compatriots and world No. 10 Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean are in a better position to make the cut as one of the top 16 qualifiers.

Vivian, who has been with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) since 2009, realised that she can’t quit now.

“My initial plan was to retire if I fail to qualify for the Olympics but all that has been turned upside down by the pandemic, ” said Vivian, who reached the quarter-finals in Rio 2016 with Woon Khe Wei.

“After going through the season without any tournaments, I’ve changed my mind but it also depends if the BAM still need my services.

“With so many major events being lined-up for 2021, it would be nice to be part of them, especially the World Championships.

“I believe it shouldn’t be tough for me and Cheng Wen to qualify as the world meet is held at the end of the year.

“It would be great if I get to play one more world meet before calling it a day.”

Vivian has made five World Championships appearances since 2013 with her best when she made the last 16 with Cheng Wen in Basel, Switzerland last year.

Vivian is also looking forward to two other major tournaments, the postponed Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, (dates yet to be confirmed) and the Sudirman Cup in Suzhou, China (May 23-30).

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