Re­turn to ac­tion gives shut­tler in­sight on her con­di­tion, form

New Straits Times - - Sport - FABIAN PETER

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.

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