21 May 2019, Tuesday | 08:05am

Liu Ying only has eyes for Tokyo Olympic Games medal

2019-02-08

PETALING JAYA: Mixed doubles specialist Goh Liu Ying has no plans to get married – at least not until she accomplishes her mission of winning a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with partner Chan Peng Soon.

Liu Ying has been bombarded with questions on her personal life during the Chinese New Year break.

The 30-year-old said she has gotten used to the pressure of handling her opponents on badminton court but dealing with the stress of being asked about her love life and marriage was a different ball game all together.

“It’s really amusing sometimes. I’ve been asked many times, more so during this Chinese New Year. My family is understanding but my relatives are quite inquisitive,” she said, bursting out in laughter.

“Peng Soon settled down much earlier but I don’t really have time to get into a relationship right now. It’s tough to balance between career and marriage for me,” she said.

“I’m happy now. I want to give unwavering focus on qualifying for the Tokyo Games and doing well in the Olympics again.”

Liu Ying and Peng Soon pulled off a wonderful surprise at the 2016 Rio Olympics when they bagged silver but both know it will be tough to repeat the feat as independent shuttlers.

The world No. 6 quit the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) in December but they have been quite impressive on their own by winning the Thailand Masters and reaching the semi-finals of the Malaysian and Indonesians Masters last month.

Liu Ying said their preparations for the German Open (Feb 26-March 3) and All-England (March 6-10) has also received a big boost as they have finally found a coach and training venue.

Former international Chew Choon Eng, who formed a No. 1 partnership with Chan Chong Ming more than a decade ago, has agreed to coach them at the Pioneer Academy training courts in Sri Petaling.

“We’re comfortable and happy to work with Choon Eng and the training is good so far – but we still have a long way to go,” said Liu Ying.

“We still need to solve one more issue – to secure more sponsorship deals to fund our training and competitions programme.”

Liu Ying-Peng Soon have never done well in the German Open but they have won a lower-ranked tournament in Germany before – the Bitburger Open in 2011. In the All-England, their best achievement is a runners-up finish in 2017.

“Hopefully, Peng Soon and I will be able to achieve our best-ever results in both these tournaments in Europe.”

 

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