GOH Liu Ying < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Malaysia   
Gender Women
Born 30 May 1989 in Malacca, MAS
Height1.66 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Malaysia
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages Cantonese, English, Malay, Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing badminton at age 10, and started serious training at age 13 after she enrolled at Bukit Jalil Sports School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Why this sport? "My dad encouraged me to take up the sport. But after I joined the Bukit Jalil Sports School I don't know why I stayed, as the programme was very tough. I just wanted to give myself a shot at the game. Though my father encouraged me, he never put pressure on me. I think that helped."
Name of coach Eei Hui Chin [personal], MAS
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Fashion. (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020; Nona Facebook page, 14 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jun 2021; says.com, 19 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (thestar.com.my, 11 Jul 2012)
Injuries In May 2017 she underwent surgery to her right shoulder in Halle, Germany and returned to competition in November 2017 at the Indian International Series event in Hydrebad. (bwfbadminton.com, 23 Nov 2017; thestar.com.my, 23 May 2017)

She suffered an injury to her right hand at the 2017 India Super Series event in New Delhi in April of that year. Despite the injury she competed at the 2017 Malaysia Super Series Premier event in Kuching during the same month, but her and partner Peng Soon Chan were defeated in the first round which she attributed to her injured hand. (thestar.com.my, 07 Apr 2017)

She has a history of knee problems dating back to 2008 and, in early 2014, after first attempting traditional remedies, she entered a rehabilitation programme in an attempt to strengthen her knees. Her right knee was suffering from a meniscus tear and a partial ligament tear, while her left knee was suffering from a small meniscus tear. The rehabilitation forced her to miss two months of competition before returning for the Singapore Open in April 2014. She then underwent knee surgery on both her knees in May 2014, which prevented her from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She had further knee issues in January 2017 causing her to miss the Malaysian Masters in Sibu the same month, and resulting in restricted training. (thestar.com.my, 31 Jan 2017, 04 Jun 2014, 04 Feb 2014, 03 Jan 2014)

In October 2016 she suffered an ankle injury at the Denmark Open in Odense. (thestar.com.my, 31 Jan 2017)

She had a problem with her back during the Selangor Open in February 2012 and again at the All England Championships the following month where she won bronze in mixed doubles. (nst.com.my, 16 Mar 2012; thestar.com.my, 11 Mar 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "Before I go out, I always check the mirror to see if I look good. It boosts my confidence. Before I stride onto the badminton court, I must feel confident. Maybe 10% or 20% of it comes from the way I dress." (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Set a goal and don't give up." (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020)
Milestones She and doubles partner Peng Soon Chan became the first mixed doubles team representing Malaysia to win a medal at the Olympic Games when they took silver at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jul 2018; says.com, 19 Aug 2016)
Ambitions To win a medal at the world championships. (travel3sixty.com, 28 Apr 2017)
Other information TURNING PRO
In 2018 she and mixed doubles partner Peng Soon Chan decided to leave the national training programme in Malaysia to turn professional. In May 2020 they reached an agreement with the Badminton Association of Malaysia [BAM] to train with the national team twice a week at the Malaysia Badminton Academy [ABM] in Bukit Kiara to help them prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I think there are many obstacles to turning professional, even in terms of our partnership. We have to think about training, travel and finances on our own. Booking your own ticket, booking your own hotel. You have to think about every single thing." (sport.bisnis.com, 19 Oct 2020; tribunnews.com, 12 Aug 2020; nst.com.my, 18 Jul 2020; 360badminton.com, 02 Jul 2020)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She decided to carry on playing badminton in September 2016 having said that she was considering retiring from the sport following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to recurring knee injuries. She had previously undergone surgery on both knees in May 2014. "Despite my injuries I'm going to fight for badminton." (says.com, 19 Aug 2016; thestar.com.my, 31 Mar 2016, 06 Feb 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has run an IT company and an online lifestyle store called GLY in Malaysia. She has also worked as a part-time model and, in 2017, started an online T-shirt business as a joint venture with Malaysian women's doubles badminton player Lim Yin Loo. "I have my IT business and I want to concentrate on that. But I will design sportswear, if given a chance. I see myself as a businesswoman, an entrepreneur. That is where I am headed." (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020; thestar.com.my, 24 Jun 2017)

BOOK
In June 2017 she released a book named 'I am Goh Liu Ying' about her life and career as a badminton player. "It's basically about my life as a shuttler and the ups and downs I have gone through. Hopefully, it will inspire other people." (thestar.com.my, 24 Jun 2017)