Knee agony for Liu Ying
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.