Saturday August 18, 2012
Liu Ying: Olympic experience will definitely make us better
PETALING JAYA: National mixed doubles shuttler Goh Liu Ying believes there is a lesson or two she and her partner Chan Peng Soon can take from their London Olympics experience.
“It was totally not what we expected. We were overwhelmed by the occasion and the tension got to us,” said Liu Ying, who had a disastrous outing with Peng Soon, losing all their matches in London.
“In a way, I think we over-prepared and that was our downfall. We were so engrossed in making sure we played a good game that our strategy went out of the window,” said Liu Ying.
Although they were grouped with higher ranked pairs like China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin and Taiwan’s Chen Hung-ling-Cheng Wei-hsing, Liu Ying believes it was nerves that let them down.
“We had beaten each of them at least once before, so we weren’t afraid. We knew that if we played well we could easily cause an upset,” said the 22-year-old.
Liu Ying believes she and Peng Soon still have a lot to master in terms of trust, understanding, cohesiveness and communication on court.
“The other pairs had good understanding. They were very attuned to one another in terms of positioning and covered well for each other,” she said.
“They didn’t leave open spaces for us to exploit. We have a lot of room for improvement and believe in our partnership. We can definitely be a top pair if we work on our game, improve on our consistency and learn to trust each other more,” she added.
“The Olympic experience will certainly help make us better.”