PETALING JAYA: Tough times don’t last, but tough people do – like singles shuttler Goh Jin Wei.
Hope was placed on the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gold medallist to make a smashing comeback in her first tournament after more than a year at the Orleans Masters in France last month but she lost tamely to top seed Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-14,21-13 in the quarter-finals.
For national singles head coach Indra Wijaya, it was still a good start.
“Jin Wei did not go far but she did show that she is on the right path to success again... she needs a little more time to regain her confidence and world ranking, ” said Indra.
The 21-year-old’s last tournament was the Asia Team championships in February in Manila last year.
She is still trying to regain her form that saw her challenging a few of the top 10 pairs in the world in 2017 but her fine progress was hampered due to a stomach ailment.
She eventually went for a colectomy procedure in mid-2019, which saw her only making a comeback in early 2020 and is currently lying 121st in the world rankings. Her best spot was 26th in 2017.
Instead of naming her for the Malaysian Open from May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena, Indra has entered her for two European competitions next month – Spain Masters from May 18-23 in Huelva and the Austria Open from May 27-30 in Graz.
“I think it’s too early to field her in the Malaysian Open, we would rather take it slow. I’ve named her for two European tournaments, with the hope that she will be able to improve her ranking, ” said Indra.
“She has gone through a tough time but now, she is on the road to recovery.
“I’m happy with her attitude in training and I foresee her only moving forward from here.”
Besides Jin Wei, the other players under Indra are S. Kisona, Lee Ying Ying, Eoon Qi Xuan, Myisha Khairul and K. Letshanaa. Myisha was promoted from the Bukit Jalil Sports School.