Badminton News: Goh Jin Wei’s fighting performance in the Sudirman Cup Championship last week impressed Wong Choong Hann as well as Indonesian coach, Nova Armada.
The independent women’s singles commuter stunned Indian world champion PV Sindhu 14-21, 21-10 22-20 in a thrilling group stage match and paved the way for Malaysia to beat India 5- 0.
World number 30 Goh Jin Wei also battled world number 25 Denmark Mia Blichfeldt in the quarter-finals before narrowly losing 14-21, 21-15, 19-21. The loss should be appreciated even though it didn’t prevent Malaysia from winning the match 3-1.
National singles coaching director Choong Hann said he was satisfied with Jin Wei’s overall performance.
“Jin Wei is one of our star players. He helped seal the deal against India earlier after we took a 2-0 lead. What a great win (over Sindhu),” he declared.
“In the quarter-finals, she also played very well against Mia but luck was not on her side. Her fighting spirit gives a boost to the other players in the team.”
Meanwhile, Jin Wei’s Indonesian coach Nova Armada wants his team to continue their good form at the Malaysia Masters starting tomorrow at Axiata Arena.
“Jin Wei’s performance in the Sudirman Cup shows that he is developing well. He has worked hard in training and his physical condition is improving day by day,” he said.
“He must maintain his good form in the future, starting with the Malaysia Masters.”
At the home tournament, Jin Wei is Malaysia’s sole representative in the women’s singles and will face Germany’s world number 26 Yvonne Li in the first round.
Victory will likely see him face Thailand’s world number 13 Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the second round.
“My target for Jin Wei is the quarter-finals. She has a good chance of beating Yvonne but she has to stay focused.”
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