Badminton: Liu Ying thanks her legion of adoring followers after first-round exit | Technoscoob
THE curtains got here down on considered one of Malaysia’s best blended doubles gamers, Goh Liu Ying, as she bid farewell to her adoring followers on the Axiata Enviornment yesterday.
It was on the 2008 Malaysian Open when Liu Ying introduced her arrival on the worldwide stage with Chan Peng Quickly and went on to win the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medal to arguably develop into Malaysia’s greatest mixture within the blended doubles.
Fittingly, Liu Ying needed to finish her profession at residence with Peng Quickly though the duo had gone separate methods early final 12 months.
It grew to become a actuality and regardless of a 21-18, 15-21, 7-21 defeat to Indonesia’s Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu, the two,000 followers did sufficient to make it a special day for Liu Ying.
The chants of “Goh Liu Ying” crammed the stadium because the followers stored cheering and inspiring the veteran and she or he bowed out together with her head held excessive.
“Regardless of all these years and never taking part in collectively since 2022, we performed like we didn’t take a break. Successful a sport is a bonus in entrance of the followers. I’m going to overlook taking part in with Peng Quickly and likewise this environment,” stated Liu Ying.
“All through our taking part in days, we had been fortunate as there was all the time assist from the followers, hardly any jeers. I’m very touched by their affection.
“We reached the ultimate twice (2013 and 2016) however couldn’t win the title, that’s the one remorse.
“My most memorable second was the 2016 Olympics and we’ll cherish that endlessly.”
Liu Ying added that she didn’t have to fret about accidents anymore. A continuing knee downside had affected her progress after the 2016 Olympics.
“My father (Goh Chak Whee) will probably be relieved … he doesn’t should see me undergo with accidents anymore. In actual fact, he got here from Melaka immediately (yesterday) to observe me play however he couldn’t witness a win from his daughter.”
Peng Quickly additionally paid tribute to Liu Ying as they’d remained as companions for 14 years earlier than going separate methods final 12 months.
“I’ll miss partnering her. In actual fact, now that she is retiring, it makes me really feel previous too. My time can also be approaching however I don’t know when but,” joked Peng Quickly.
As Peng Quickly-Liu Ying’s legacy ended, one other younger pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei gave some promising indicators as they superior to the second spherical yesterday.
Tang Jie-Ee Wei, taking part in solely of their third event, overcame compatriots and world No. 6 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing 21-15, 21-10 in 31 minutes to achieve the second spherical.
They may meet Peng Quickly-Liu Ying’s conquerors Rehan-Lisa within the second spherical immediately.
“Coach Nova (Widianto) requested us to be courageous and consider in ourselves. We did properly to regulate the rallies,” stated Ee Wei.
“We have been a bit nervous however managed to calm one another all the way down to safe this victory.”
One other Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia pair Hoo Pang Ron-Teoh Mei Xing had already superior to the second spherical on Tuesday and can play French mixture Thomas Gicquel-Deplhine Delrue.
Unbiased pair Goh Quickly Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie can even be on the lookout for a spot within the quarter-finals however they should safe their first victory over world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong within the second spherical immediately.
The Malaysian duo have misplaced all eight conferences towards the China pair however Quickly Huat has not thrown within the towel.
“They’re the highest mixture and we now have misplaced to them so many instances. However I consider we will certainly get our likelihood and really feel that we are able to not less than beat them as soon as after so many matches,” stated Quickly Huat.