Return to action gives shuttler insight on her condition, form
GOH Liu Ying has no regrets despite crashing out in the quarter-finals of the German Open together with her mixed doubles partner Chan Peng Soon.
In fact, the 28-year-old is happy with the decision to get on court instead of sitting and waiting to compete in a tournament.
On Friday, the national No 1 went down 21-13, 18-21, 25-23 to China’s Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui at the Innogy Sporthalle in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
Following a six-week break during which Liu Ying underwent stem cell treatment, the shuttler decided it was time to get on court even though she was not at her best.
“After six weeks, I got to see the difference between training and actually playing on court,” said Liu Ying.
“Some people are wondering why am I on court playing when I am not at my best. The answer is when you love something, it’s hard to stay away for long.
“I am pleased with myself because despite not being fully fit, we managed to hold them (Zhang Nan-Li Yinhui) and it was rather disappointing that we couldn’t finish them off in the third game.
“But it’s okay because I know this is my level at the moment. When I am 100 per cent fit, I will play better.
“This has been a great outing and I am looking forward to better days,” added Liu Ying, who will be traveling to Birmingham next for the All England that starts on Tuesday.
The World No 8 pair will open their campaign on Wednesday against Sweden’s Nico Ruponen-Amanda Hogstrom.
Meanwhile, mixed doubles World No 9 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing continued their impressive form in Germany and were involved in a late semi-final tie against top seeds Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong of China.
Goh Liu Ying was out of action for six weeks.