Jin Wei still hopeful for SEA Games spot

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Goh Jin Wei has not given up hope on playing in the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur although she has pulled out from next week’s New Zealand Open. The New Zealand Open is from Aug 1-6.

The 17-year-old from Penang, who suffered a recurrence of a left ankle injury while playing in the singles match in the mixed team semi-final against Indonesia in Bintaro, Jakarta on Monday, was able to smile on Tuesday.

She was able to walk to have her breakfast at Hotel Santika and was able to smile and talk about her injury.

“I will go to the ISN tomorrow when I return to Kuala Lumpur. It is my left ankle again but it is a new injury, not the old injury which I had earlier feared and this gives me some hope,” said Jin Wei.

“How bad is the injury is something I will only know after going to the doctor in KL. Hopefully it is not serious and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to resume training soon.

“The Sea Games mean a lot to me…and I am not giving up. At the same time I am prepared should I not make it,” added Jin Wei.

Jin Wei is Malaysia’s hope in the SEA Games after winning the bronze medal in her Sea Games in Singapore in 2015. Last week she won her third Asean Schools title in Singapore.

The Malaysian conceded her match to Gregoria Mariska with the Indonesia leading 21-11, 17-16 after 37 minutes of play.

The injury also cost Malaysia a point in the women’s doubles as Jin Wei was paired with Peraly Tan Koong Le to face against Agatha Imanuela-Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti for Indonesia to take a 2-1 lead.

Leong Jun Hao won his singles match against Gatjra Piliang Fiqihilahi Cupu 21-17, 21-12 to tie the score at 1-1.

Indonesia got their winning point from the men’s doubles with Muhammad Shohibul Fikri-Adnan Maulana winning 21-17, 21-15 against Chang Yee Jun-Man Wei Chang. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

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