Knee agony for Liu Ying

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DE­SPITE in­tense treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on both her knees, Goh Liu Ying is still far from full re­cov­ery.

The 28-year-old shut­tler and her mixed dou­bles part­ner Chan Peng Soon yes­ter­day cruised into the sec­ond round of the In­dia Open, but only af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing her in­jury.

“I am lost for words, I don’t know what else to do be­cause I think I’ve done al­most ev­ery­thing to treat my in­jury.

“De­spite all the treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, I still feel pain some­times and to­day (yes­ter­day) af­ter the match, my knees are swollen.

“I keep play­ing, re­gard­less. I have got medicine that helps with the swelling but that’s about it. I guess I have to be cau­tious all the time,” said Liu Ying. The Malaysians notched a 21-12, 21-12 win over In­dia’s Venkat Gau­rav Prasad-Juhi De­wan­gan.

Liu Ying first un­der­went surgery on both her knees in 2014. She re­turned in 2015 and went on to bag the 2016 Rio Olympic Games sil­ver medal be­fore be­ing ruled out again at the end of last year.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing stem cell treat­ment in Jan­uary, Peng Soon-Liu Ying reached the fi­nal of the All Eng­land for the first time be­fore los­ing to China’s Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying will play In­done­sia’s Edi Subak­tiar-Glo­ria Emanuelle Wid­jaja to­day for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Mean­while in the men’s dou­bles, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong checked into the sec­ond round with a 21-17, 21-19 win over Thai­land’s Kit­tin­upong Ke­dren-Dechapol Puavaranukroh.

The na­tional No 1 will play the mixed com­bi­na­tion of In­done­sia’s Hen­dra Se­ti­awan and Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong next.

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