Jin Wei cries for more support after early exit

So sorry: Goh Jin Wei asking for forgiveness from the fans after losing to Germany’s Yvonne Li in the first round.

“I need more support.”

This was the plea from Goh Jin Wei after her painful exit from the Malaysian Masters.

The independent women’s singles shuttler went down fighting 17-21, 21-17, 15-21 to Germany’s world No. 27 Yvonne Li in the first round at the Axiata Arena.

Jin Wei, who had been the sole Malaysian representative in the women’s singles, was left in tears after the defeat.

“It’s difficult to cope with playing back-to-back tournaments without proper support services such as physiotherapy sessions to recover well,” said Jin Wei, who had returned from the Sudirman Cup in Suzhou on Monday.

“I was frustrated with myself for not maximising the time I had in between the Sudirman Cup and this tournament to recover better.

“In the match today (yesterday), Yvonne forced me to the limit and it was a strategy that worked in her favour, so credit goes to her.”

World No. 29 Jin Wei had proved that she was capable of performing well with the right support when she stunned India’s 2019 world champion P. V. Sindhu in a group tie in the Sudirman Cup.

The 23-year-old is still getting used to the rigorous training and tournament demands after making her full return from colectomy surgery last year.

Moving forward, Jin Wei hoped to be selected in the Road to Gold (RTG) programme to get full support from the National Sports Institute (NSI).

“I’m hoping to be selected in the RTG programme, so that I can gain access to facilities in NSI.

“It will definitely help with my performances but I need to meet the criteria to be included.”

For now, Jin Wei faces an uphill battle to get the nod as only players ranked in the top 10 in the world have been accepted.

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