KUALA LUMPUR: National women's singles Goh Jin Wei is happy to be back on court playing competitive badminton, but she is also frustrated.
In 2019, the 20-year-old was sidelined for six months with a stomach ailment and decided to go under the knife for colectomy in October.
The former national No 1 made a comeback in January but her joy was short-lived when she was sent packing in the first round of the Thailand Masters.
The BA of Malaysia (BAM) then included Jin Wei in the Asia Team Championships squad, but Jin Wei hardly made an impact with one win and one defeat to her name.
Jin Wei is aware that her dreams of making a debut at the Tokyo Olympics are all but over, but BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann believes the two-time former world junior champion (2015 and 2018) has everything to fight for.
“I know what it feels like because back in my playing days, I underwent a surgery too.
“Jin Wei is a player who has got very high expectations. And when she cannot achieve or come close to that, she will get frustrated.
“She's young and she needs to take her time. Of course, she’s back on court and feeling good, but it hasn’t even been four months since her surgery.
“As she matures, she will realise and listen to her body and line that up with her expectations,” Choong Hann told Timesport recently.
All is not lost, as Jin Wei is still within the top-100 ranking, and Choong Hann hopes she will bounce back by winning a few lower-tier tournaments to get her ranking back on track.
“We have included her for the Orleans Masters (Mar 24-29) and the Finnish Open (Apr 2-5).
“If she can come out tops, and get her ranking back on top, it will boost her confidence. We will take it from there,” Choong Hann added.
According to the former international, national women’s singles coach Tey Seu Bock is monitoring Jin Wei’s progress closely.
“At times, we push her, and sometimes, we take into consideration her condition and tell her to rest. It will take some time.”