Bali: Just hours after their announcement to withdraw from the World Championships that will be held in Huelva, Spain, from Dec 12 to Dec 19, Malaysia’s Rio Olympics mixed doubles silver medalists Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon have decided to end their 13-year partnership.
The World No.9 Chan Peng Soon announced the amicable split on social media Monday evening (Malaysia time).
“Last week’s World Tour Finals was my last match with Liu Ying! Seriously, it’s hard to end the partnership and it’s really not easy to make this decision. After all, we have been playing together for 13 years 😥
We failed together, we succeeded together, we grew together…
My head was filled with bits and pieces of memories of those years we’ve been playing together.
Thank you, everyone, for supporting me and Liu Ying for staying with us for these thirteen years 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Finally, I want to thank Goh Liu Ying
Thank you for your perseverance, for fighting with me, and brought me such a wonderful badminton career.”
Goh/Chan made their last appearance as a pair in the semi-finals of BWF World Tour Finals in Bali last Saturday, which saw the World No. 9 pair lose to World No. 2 Dechapol Puavanukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai from Thailand 8-21, 18-21.
On Monday night, Malaysian media was able to get a hold of Chan Peng Soon, and he said that he will keep competing at international tournaments and will announce his future plans shortly.
“I still want to put 100% focus on badminton, while Liu Ying has a different career path, she doesn’t want to play under this type of pressure anymore,” said Chan.
“I think everyone is used to seeing us playing together. We came from nothing to winning the Olympic silver medal,” explained Chan.
“Of course, I am very reluctant to end the partnership too, but now, Liu Ying and I have a different carer path. However, Liu Ying and I will still keep in touch privately. I hope everyone will do well in the future,” continued Chan.