Shi Yuqi Admits He’s Unable to Get Back to His Pre-injury Form

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Shi Yuqi is struggling to get back his pre-injury form. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Shi Yuqi is struggling to get back his pre-injury form. (photo: Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Beijing: China’s World No. 14 men’s singles player – Shi Yuqi admitted that he has been struggling to get back to his form prior to sustaining the serious left ankle injury in the 2019 Indonesia Open second round.

“I don’t think I can get back to the same shape that I was in 2019 due to my age and injuries, as these are irreversible changes,” said Shi in an interview published by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Jan 3, 2022.

“What I can work on now is my mentality,” added Shi.

“No matter what challenges I face every day, once I step on the court, I have to do my best,” explained Shi.

Shi was once regarded as China’s most promising men’s singles star, after Lin Dan and Chen Long. In 2014, Shi had won gold at both the Asian Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.

2018 was Shi’s breakthrough year. He defeated both of his senior teammates, Chen Long 21-10, 21-17 in the quarter-finals of All England, before outlasting China’s badminton legend, Lin Dan, 21-19, 16-21, 21-9 to claim his first All England title.

When everything seemed to be going well for this rising badminton star from China, he was struck by a piece of unexpected bad luck as he suffered a horrible left ankle ligament torn when playing in the 2019 Indonesia Open second round against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen. Shi immediately fell to the ground after he rolled his left ankle and looked very painful.

“It is unfortunate that my ankle couldn’t return to its normal state, and I am experiencing all types of physical challenges on daily basis. My training has not been systematic, and it’s been difficult,” revealed Shi.

With the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist – Chen Long, turning 33 on Jan 18, 2022, and he had not been playing in any international tournaments since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics final; together with Shi’s health issues, China’s men’s singles department seemed to be moving toward a rebuilding process.

BadmintonPlanet.com would like to wish Shi a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the court again.

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