PETALING JAYA. Goh Jin Wei is not giving up just yet, even though he has a slim chance of qualifying for the Malaysian Open.
The independent women’s singles player made life difficult by losing to Thailand’s world number 9 Pornpawi Chochuwong in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Sydney on Friday.
He will need to perform well at the Wales International Championships in Cardiff from November 29 to December 3 to be in with a chance for the home tournament from January 10-15.
The lower-ranked tournament is her last outing of the year and the 22-year-old will need to win it to collect valuable ranking points and end the year on a high.
Jin Wei faces an uphill battle to qualify for the Malaysian Open, as only the world’s top 32 ranked players will participate. He is now in 44th place. He may get a chance if many top players decide to skip tournaments.
Coach Nova Armada admitted that Jin Wei still had a lot of work to do to match the best players in the world.
“I felt he was too cautious against the Thai,” said the Indonesian.
“He should have played more aggressively. His opponent was also very calm and focused and didn’t make too many mistakes.
“We are working to get him back to his best physical condition. He needs to increase his work in the gym and during training to improve his strength and endurance. His skills and mental strength on the court are already good.
“Hopefully he will put in a strong showing at the Wales international.”
After this, Jin Wei’s biggest goal is to make the cut for the 2024 Paris Olympics and will look to put himself in the best position ahead of the qualifiers in May next year.