GOH Liu Ying < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Malaysia   
Gender Women
Born 30 May 1989 in Malacca, MAS
Height1.66 m
Human Interest
General Interest
Milestones She became the first female badminton player to represent Malaysia at three editions of the Olympic Games when she competed at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. She had previously participated at the 2012 and 2016 Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Jan 2022; olympics.bwfbadminton.com, 23 Jul 2021)

She and doubles partner Chan Peng Soon became the first mixed doubles pair representing Malaysia to win a medal at the Olympic Games when they claimed silver at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jul 2018; says.com, 19 Aug 2016)
Hobbies Fashion. (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020; Nona Facebook page, 14 Jun 2019)
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)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (says.com, 19 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours She and fellow badminton player Lee Zii Jia were Malaysia's flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (bharian.com.my, 27 Jul 2021)
Injuries She suffered a knee injury at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She has a history of knee problems dating back to 2008. In 2014, after suffering meniscus and ligament tears, she underwent surgery on both her knees and missed the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She also experienced knee issues in 2017. (indosport.com, 24 Sep 2021; utusan.com.my, 26 Jul 2021; thestar.com.my, 31 Jan 2017, 04 Jun 2014, 04 Feb 2014, 03 Jan 2014)

In May 2017 she underwent surgery on her right shoulder and returned to competition in November 2017. (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. She was affected by the injury at the 2017 Malaysia Super Series Premier event in Kuching the same month. (thestar.com.my, 07 Apr 2017)

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

She was affected by a back problem during the Selangor Open in Malaysia in February 2012 and at the All England Championships the following month. (nst.com.my, 16 Mar 2012; thestar.com.my, 11 Mar 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Handedness Right
General Interest
Other information END OF A PARTNERSHIP
In late 2021 she parted ways with mixed doubles partner Chan Peng Soon after 13 years. "I did not have much success in badminton until I started playing with Peng Soon. I owe it to him. 13 years with him seems like a long time but to me it all passed in the blink of an eye. We went through so much successes, disappointments, misunderstandings, big hopes, pressure, doubts, injuries and much more. To me, he was the best badminton partner. I am grateful that he stood by me through our ups and downs." (thestar.com.my, 29 Dec 2021, 10 Dec 2021, 07 Dec 2021)

She co-founded GLY Technology & IT Consultancy in Malaysia. She has also been involved in other businesses including a food delivery platform. "I have so much to do, but so little time. I'm pretty occupied 24/7 nowadays. As I spend most of my time training, whatever time that's left I will use to attend to my businesses. I see myself as a businesswoman, an entrepreneur. That is where I am headed." (thestar.com.my, 29 Sep 2021, 24 Jun 2017; thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020)

She authored a book about her life and badminton career called 'I am Goh Liu Ying', which was published in 2017. "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)
Further Personal Information
Residence Malaysia
General Interest
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (thestar.com.my, 11 Jul 2012)
Ambitions To win a medal at the world championships. (travel3sixty.com, 28 Apr 2017)
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.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Businessperson
Languages Cantonese, English, Malay, Mandarin
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Set a goal and don't give up." (thesundaily.my, 22 Dec 2020)
Sport Specific Information
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."