Badminton: Goh Jin Wei eyes success at Malaysia, Singapore Open on comeback from injury

The former junior world champion will resume playing at Malaysia and Singapore Open

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Malaysia's top-ranked Women's singles shuttler believes she is ready to get back to international circuit after a two-month-long injury lay-off. Notably, the 17-year-old shuttler suffered a shock second-round exit at the season-opening Malaysia Masters in January after losing to unseeded Taiwanese shuttler Lee Hsin Chia in straight games - 12-21, 10-21.

Goh though revealed that she had twisted her ankle during her first-round match and that she was not in her best condition at the tournament. However, she got a lot of flak from Badminton Association of Malaysia technical director Morten Frost, who had said that the teenager was "untruthful" about her injuries.

According to Frost, Goh had told him that she was ready to play the season's first Grand Prix Gold tournament but picked up an injury at the tournament and that he had a similar issue when the world number 31 had not been truthful about her condition before Singapore Open last year.

Goh had to miss the inaugural Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships and the subsequent tournaments but she believes that the injury and a two-month rehabilitation period have taught her a lot. Notably, the shuttler will get back to action at the Malaysia Open Superseries, starting 4 April and is expected to play a key part in Malaysia's campaign at the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia later this year.

"Having missed two months of action, I am looking forward to being on court again and doing well in the Malaysian Open and Singapore Open. I am not setting high targets. I am just aiming to win my first match ... and then hopefully take on higher-ranked players," Goh said, as quoted by The Star.

"I underwent two months of rehabilitation and I am in good shape now. I am already back to my normal training routine. I have learned a lot from this injury. I have been going through more conditioning training and I believe that my body is stronger than before."