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Goh Liu Ying (born 30 May 1989) is a Malaysian professional badminton player who has been consistently ranked among the top 10 mixed doubles player in the world with her partner, Chan Peng Soon. Together, they were ranked as high as world No. 3. They won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] Goh's dominance on the front court and brilliant skills at the net is the main reason that she has been dubbed as one of the top female mixed doubles player in many experts' opinion.

Goh Liu Ying
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Personal information
Country  Malaysia
Born (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 28)
Malacca, Malaysia
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)[1]
Handedness Right
Coach Jeremy Gan
Chin Eei Hui
Women's & Mixed doubles
Highest ranking 3 (XD) (3 July 2013)
Current ranking 10 (XD) (19 June 2017)
BWF profile
Goh Liu Ying
Traditional Chinese 吳柳螢
Simplified Chinese 吴柳萤

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Personal lifeEdit

Goh was born in Malacca to Goh Chak Whee and Yong Oi Lin.[3] She is the eldest of three siblings.[4] She first started training in badminton at the age of 10.[5] She enrolled into the Bukit Jalil Sports School when she was 13 years old.[5]

CareerEdit

Goh made her international debut in 2007.[6] In 2009, Goh and Chan reached their first international tournament final at the Vietnam Open but were defeated by Flandy Limpele and Cheng Wen-hsing. At the 2009 Southeast Asian Games, she won gold in women's team event and bronze in mixed doubles event.

In 2010, they came to prominence when they won the Badminton Asia Championships after defeating South Korean's Yoo Yeon-seong and Kim Min-jung in the final. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the gold medal in mixed team event. In the mixed doubles event, Goh and Chan lost the bronze medal match to Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei. At the 2010 Asian Games they lost in the first round to eventual winner, Shin Baek-cheol and Lee Hyo-jung.

In 2011, they were defeated by Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir in the final of the Malaysia Open. They won the Bitburger Open by defeating Denmark's Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

In 2012, they became the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to reach the semi-finals of the All England Open but lost to Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir. In the following month, they became the runner-up of Australia Open after losing to Chinese Taipei's Chen Hung-Ling and Cheng Wen-Hsing in the final. They gained their first ever Malaysia Open crown by beating Indonesian pair, Irfan Fadhilah and Weni Anggraini.

Goh and Chan represented Malaysia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. They were the first ever Malaysian mixed doubles pair to qualify for the Olympics Games.[7] They lost all three group matches and fails to progress to quarter-finals in their Olympics debut. In the same year, Goh and Chan won their first Super Series tournament at the Japan Open by beating Muhammad Rijal and Lilyana Natsir, thus completed Malaysia's record of having winners in all 5 disciplines in Superseries tournaments for the sport of badminton, which not many nations have done so.

In 2013, Goh decided to undergo knee surgery to fix her aggravating right knee but the surgery was postponed. She underwent surgery in both her knees the following year. While she was recovering, Goh enrolled into a modelling academy and did some modelling for the sports of badminton. After a total of 11-month hiatus due to recovery, Goh resumed her partnership with Chan in 2015.

They won three titles in 2015, the Polish Open, Russian Open and the Mexico Open.[8][9] At the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, they won silver after losing to Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto in a very tightly contested mixed doubles final.[10] Goh also won silver in women's team event.

In 2016, they became the runner-up of the inaugural edition of Thailand Masters after losing to unseeded Chinese pair, Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in the final.[11] In March, they clinched their first title of the year by winning the New Zealand Open.[12] In April, they was defeated by Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir in the final of the Malaysia Open.[13]

Goh and Chan qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after having achieved many good results in international tournaments.[14] They won their first two group stage matches but lost the third to Indonesian pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.[15] They finished as group runner-up and progress to quarter finals round. In the quarter finals, they beat Group B winner, Robert Mateusiak and Nadieżda Zięba of Poland.[16] In the semi-finals, they beat China's Xu Chen and Ma Jin in straight sets to reach the final.[17]

In the final, they had to settle for silver medal after they were beaten by Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir for the second time in the tournament. Despite the fact that Goh and Chan lost in the final, they had created history of being the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to claim an Olympic medal. Since the Olympics Games, Goh drew a lot of attention from the public and media due to her good looks and wonderful net skills on court.[18]

In March 2017, Goh and Chan become the first Malaysian mixed doubles pair to reach the All England Open final since 1955.[19] In the final that was dubbed as one of the best mixed doubles final match, Goh and Chan were defeated by 5th seed Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong in 3 sets even though the Malaysians were so close to claiming the title due to a few controversial fault calls by the umpire.[20] In April, Chan and Goh had to withdraw from Semifinal in India Open due to Goh's injury and they suffered early defeat in the following Malaysia Open. In May 2017, Goh announced that she had an aggravating injury in her right shoulder and thus, she went to Halle in Germany for the surgery. She spent weeks to undergo her rehabilitation in Halle before returning to Malaysia in early July when she released her autobiography entitled 'I am just Goh Liu Ying'.

AchievementsEdit

Finals: 18 (8 titles, 10 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score
2 2009 Vietnam Open Chan Peng Soon   Flandy Limpele
  Cheng Wen-hsing
23–25, 19–21
1 2010 Asian Championships Chan Peng Soon   Yoo Yeon-seong
  Kim Min-jung
21–17, 20–22, 21–19
2 2011 Malaysia Masters Chan Peng Soon   Tontowi Ahmad
  Lilyana Natsir
21–18, 15–21, 19–21
1 2011 Bitburger Open Chan Peng Soon   Thomas Laybourn
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21–18, 14–21, 27–25
2 2012 Australia Open Chan Peng Soon   Chen Hung-ling
  Cheng Wen-hsing
20–22, 21–12, 21–23
1 2012 Malaysia Masters Chan Peng Soon   Irfan Fadhilah
  Weni Anggraini
21–12, 21–14
1 2012 Japan Open Chan Peng Soon   Muhammad Rijal
  Lilyana Natsir
21–12, 21–19
2 2012 China Open Chan Peng Soon   Xu Chen
  Ma Jin
21-15, 21-17
2 2013 Malaysia Open Chan Peng Soon   Joachim Fischer Nielsen
  Christinna Pedersen
21-13, 21-18
1 2015 Polish Open Chan Peng Soon   Akshay Dewalkar
  Pradnya Gadre
28–26, 21–18
2 2015 Southeast Asian Games Chan Peng Soon   Praveen Jordan
  Debby Susanto
21–18, 13–21, 23–25
1 2015 Russian Open Chan Peng Soon   Yuta Watanabe
  Arisa Higashino
21–14, 21–12
1 2015 Mexico City Grand Prix Chan Peng Soon   Choi Solgyu
  Eom Hye-won
21–13, 23–21
2 2016 Thailand Masters Chan Peng Soon   Zheng Siwei
  Chen Qingchen
17–21, 15–21
1 2016 New Zealand Open Chan Peng Soon   Zheng Siwei
  Li Yinhui
21–19, 22–20
2 2016 Malaysia Open Chan Peng Soon   Tontowi Ahmad
  Lilyana Natsir
21–23, 21–13, 16–21
2 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Chan Peng Soon   Tontowi Ahmad
  Lilyana Natsir
14–21, 12–21
2 2017 All England Open Chan Peng Soon   Lu Kai
  Huang Yaqiong
21–18, 19–21, 16–21
     Super Series tournament
     Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix tournament
     International Challenge tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Goh Liu Ying". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "BAM: Mixed doubles pair not disappointing". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Champ’s dad hopes prophecy comes true". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Liu Ying's Dream Of Grabbing Olympic Medal Mecomes Reality - Mother". Bernama. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Meet our female Olympians: Goh Liu Ying". Elle Malaysia. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Liu Ying GOH Profile". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hunt for gold: Chong Wei through, all eyes on Malaysia’s mixed doubles pair tonight". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Badminton: Chan-Goh clinch mixed doubles title at Russian Open". Astro Awani. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying get revenge, win Mexico City GP". BadmintonPlanet.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "SEA Games: Indonesia top badminton medals tally with three golds". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Chan-Goh miss Thailand Masters title but secure Rio spot". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Zealand Open: Goh Liu Ying-Chan Peng Soon clinch mixed doubles victory". FourthOfficial.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "(Olympics) Shuttlers Peng Soon-Liu Ying make mixed doubles final". The Star. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Peng Soon-Liu Ying: We have a medal chance at Rio Games". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Good day for Malaysian doubles shuttlers in Rio too". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Peng Soon-Liu Ying storm into Olympic Games semis in style". The Star. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "(Olympics) Shuttlers Peng Soon-Liu Ying make mixed doubles final". New Straits Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "(Olympics) Heartbreak for Malaysia as gold slips through Liu Ying-Peng Soon's grasp". New Straits Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Peng Soon-Liu Ying end Malaysia’s 62-year absence in mixed doubles final". The Star. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "Malaysian doubles pair lose in All-England final". The Star. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 

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