THE curtains had been drawn on considered one of Malaysia’s greatest blended doubles gamers, Goh Liu Ying, when he stated goodbye to his 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 received the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medal to grow to be Malaysia’s greatest mixture in blended doubles.
Appropriately, Liu Ying needed to finish her profession at dwelling with Peng Quickly although the 2 parted methods early final yr.
It turned a actuality and regardless of a 21-18, 15-21, 7-21 loss to Indonesia’s Rehan Naufal-Lisa Ayu, 2,000 followers had been sufficient to make it a special day for Liu Ying.
Chants of “Goh Liu Ying” crammed the stadium as followers continued to cheer and encourage the veteran and he bowed together with his head held excessive.
“Regardless of all these years and never taking part in collectively since 2022, we performed with no break. Profitable a recreation is a bonus in entrance of the followers. I miss taking part in with Peng Quickly and likewise this environment,” stated Liu Ying.
“Throughout our taking part in days, we had been fortunate as a result of there was all the time help from the followers, nearly no jokes. I used to be very touched by their affection.
“We reached the ultimate twice (2013 and 2016) however not profitable the title, that is the one remorse.
“My most memorable second was the 2016 Olympics and we’ll cherish it endlessly.”
Liu Ying added that she not worries about accidents. A power knee downside affected his progress after the 2016 Olympics.
“My father (Goh Chak Whee) will likely be relieved … he doesn’t have to see me affected by accidents anymore. In reality, he got here all the best way from Melaka in the present day (yesterday) to observe me play however he did not witness his daughter’s victory.
Peng Quickly additionally paid tribute to Liu Ying as they remained companions for 14 years earlier than parting methods final yr.
“I miss being a accomplice with him. In reality, now that he has retired, I really feel previous too. My time is coming however I do not know when but,” joked Peng Quickly.
Because the legacy of Peng Quickly-Liu Ying ended, one other younger pair Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei gave some good indicators as they superior to the second spherical yesterday.
Tang Jie-Ee Wei, who solely performed of their third event, defeated their compatriots and world No. 6 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, 21-15, 21-10 in 31 minutes to achieve the second spherical.
They are going to face Peng Quickly-Liu Ying’s conquerors Rehan-Lisa within the second spherical in the present day.
“Coach Nova (Widianto) requested us to be courageous and imagine in ourselves. We’re doing properly to regulate the rallies,” Ee Wei stated.
“We had been a bit of nervous however managed to calm one another all the way down to get this win.”
One other Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia pair Hoo Pang Ron-Teoh Mei Xing superior to the second spherical on Tuesday and can play the French mixture Thomas Gicquel-Deplhine Delrue.
The unbiased pair Goh Quickly Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie will even search for a spot within the quarter-finals however they have to safe their first victory towards the world No. 1 Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong within the second spherical in the present day.
The Malaysian duo misplaced all eight encounters towards the Chinese language pair however Quickly Huat didn’t surrender.
“They’re the highest mixture and we have now misplaced to them many occasions. However I imagine that we’ll get our likelihood and we’ll really feel that we will beat them as soon as after many video games,” stated Quickly Huat.