KUALA LUMPUR: Former world junior champion Goh Jin Wei's bid to rediscover her old form suffered a setback after crashing out in the first round of the India Open badminton competition today.
Jin Wei, the only Malaysian women's singles representative in New Delhi, lost 21-13, 21-11 to Thailand's sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.
The world No 33 is on the comeback trail after undergoing colectomy surgery in 2019. She briefly retired from the sport in 2021, but came back as a professional player last year.
Her coach, Nova Armada, said Jin Wei was hampered by a hamstring injury.
"Jin Wei has had some issues with her hamstring since yesterday, but it would have still been tough to beat Ratchanok (if fit). Her opponent (Ratchanok) was just too good today.
"We all know Jin Wei is trying hard since coming back from her surgery and we need her to be healthy. She is not back to normal levels yet, but the tournaments have already started and we need to play."
Jin Wei had lost to world No 4 An Se Young (South Korea) in the second round of the Petronas Malaysia Open last week.