Goh Liu Ying – A new star breaks new ground for an old dynasty

The future looks bright for the charming and talented Goh Liu Ying.  She may appear shy at first glance but packs a lethal punch on the badminton court as the […]

The future looks bright for the charming and talented Goh Liu Ying.  She may appear shy at first glance but packs a lethal punch on the badminton court as the mixed doubles world is finding out.

By Xavier Lee, Badzine Correspondent.  Photos: Badmintonphoto

Widely touted as the next big thing in Malaysian badminton, Goh Liu Ying has steadily risen to the forefront of mixed doubles, just this week reaching her career high world ranking of 3 with partner Chan Peng Soon at the tender age of 23.

Their success is all the more welcome as it comes in a discipline that has not been a strength for the badminton powerhouse in a long time.  When Goh and Chan won the first Superseries title for Malaysia in mixed doubles this autumn in Japan, it was actually Malaysia’s first major mixed title of the millenium.

Goh hails from the picturesque state of Malacca – the third smallest state in all of Malaysia – having come a long way from her humble beginnings under the watchful eye of her father.  He continues to be a huge fan of badminton and his daughter.  Succumbing to injuries over the years limited his calling as a badminton star, but through young