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Badminton Sweetheart Goh Liu Ying Bids Farewell To Fans At Malaysia Open 2023

Badminton Sweetheart Goh Liu Ying Bids Farewell To Fans At Malaysia Open 2023

Goh away her jacket and racket to fans at Axiata Arena.

Fernando Fong

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Badminton mixed doubles ace Goh Liu Ying had played her last competitive game.

She bowed out against Indonesian pair Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati in the preliminary round of the 2023 Malaysia Open at Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil.

Goh and her partner Chan Peng Soon, lost 21-18, 15-21 and 7-21 in 58 minutes.

Goh (second from right) in her final game.

The duo made history by being the first and only Malaysian to win the mixed doubles silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Together, they have played for the Malaysian national team since 2008.

Goh was touched by the reception given by fans at Axiata Arena despite the defeat.

I was so touched that they kept calling my name; I’m so thankful for their support. It’s been an incredible journey.

Badminton mixed doubles ace Goh Liu Ying speaking to reporters after her final game.

As a token of appreciation, Goh gave away her racket and jacket to fans at the end of the game.

Goh giving away ‘souvenirs’ to fans at Axiata Arena. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

The 33-year-old, who competed in three Olympic Games, said her sweetest moment was winning the silver medal in Rio.

Her many other achievements include podium finish at All England and Asian Championship.

She has been consistently ranked among the top 10 mixed doubles players in the world with Chan.

Goh can undoubtedly look back at an illustrious career. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

In 2018, she and Chan left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to turn professional.

The pair parted ways in 2021 before reuniting for the finale at this year’s Malaysia Open.

Her unique and refreshing presence is reflected in her nickname “Malaysia’s badminton goddess.”

Meanwhile, she said her father should be most relieved now that she has finally played her last game.

 Goh is a brand ambassador for many products, including Chinese sports equipment company Li-Ning. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Throughout her career, Goh sustained aggravating injuries and had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation.

My dad has been worried that I would injure myself.

Badminton mixed doubles ace Goh Liu Ying speaking to reporters after her final game.

On her plan, Goh said she would continue to be involved in badminton-related activities.

Chan, who left BAM for the second time in 2022, will continue his professional career with Cheah Yee See.

Goh in action at Malaysia Open 2023. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

The Malaysia Open 2023 (officially known as the Petronas Malaysia Open 2023) takes place from 10 to 15 January and has a total prize of US$1,250,000 ((RM5.5 million).

It is one of only four Super 1000 tournaments, the most prestigious badminton event by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).


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