This year, Malaysia Open is extraordinarily remarkable because our Malaysia’s top mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying decided to bid farewell to her fans at Axiata Arena today.
Liu Ying, was given a special retirement ceremony at the Axiata Arena today. The event coincided with the ongoing Petronas Malaysia Open.
Aside from a heartfelt address by BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh, Liu Ying was joined by some of her closest friends for a brief three-on-three exhibition session during the ceremony.
Her 13-year partner on the court, Peng Soon, 2006 Asian Games men’s doubles champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Paralympic gold medalist Cheah Liek Hou, and US women’s singles shuttler Zhang Beiwen were among those who turned up.
Born in Alor Gajah, Melaka, the 33-year-old was almost in tears when she recalled her badminton journey in front of nearly 1,000 Malaysian badminton fans.
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“Play your best, that’s what I always told my daughter. I don’t want to put pressure on my daughter. Pressure doesn’t do any good,” her father said during a media interview.
Her father, Yong Oi Lin, also reminisced how much he loved badminton but was unable to pursue his dream owing to financial constraints, but he was pleased to see her daughter perform so well in badminton.
“I’m so proud of my girl when I saw her standing on the Olympic podium,” he said.
Former Olympic silver medallist Goh Liu Ying expressed gratitude to her parents, Goh Chak Wee and Yong Oi Lin, who has always been her ‘backbone’ all this time.
“Now you don’t have to worry (about my injury). I know it breaks his heart when he discovers I’m injured.”
Liu Ying’s career journey was not all bed of roses as she suffered a series of injuries along the way.
The most massive impact on Liu Ying’s career came when she had to take a long break in 2014 following knee and shoulder surgery three years earlier.
We wish Goh Liu Ying nothing but all the best and thank you for your contribution and hard work to make Malaysia shine!