Wednesday, 22 May 2024

News | Gao Fang Jie Returns to China Open After Injury

The China Open in Changzhou holds a special place in Gao Fang Jie’s badminton career. Although it has been a while since she last competed here, she is excited to be back on familiar turf. In 2017 and 2018, Gao had some of her best years, reaching the runner-up position at the TAHOE China Open in Fuzhou and the semifinals at the China Masters in Changzhou. However, an Achilles injury in January 2019 took her off the scene and derailed her career.

Gao’s return to the China Open marks her first high-level match after her leg injury. She expressed her happiness and gratitude after defeating Natsuki Nidaira in straight games in the opening round. Gao acknowledged that she and Nidaira had played against each other at the junior level and wanted to test her abilities against the higher-ranked Japanese player.

Despite her injury, Gao has been working hard to make a comeback, participating in lower-tier events last year. She secured victories in three out of four events: the Indonesia International Challenge, Indonesia Masters (Super 100), and the Malaysia International Series. Gao’s dedication to her training and her love for badminton have been crucial in her recovery.

In 2020, Gao showcased her skills at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships in Dubai, where she won all her matches against formidable opponents such as Goh Jin Wei, Pusarla V Sindhu, and Kim Ga Eun. Her steady climb back to the top has been impressive.

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Gao remains cautious about her condition and consciously takes care of her ankle. She wants to avoid reinjury because the previous injury affected her for a long time. Gao, often compared to her good friend and senior teammate Li Xue Rui for their striking physical resemblance and playing styles, believes in starting afresh and focusing on the present.

When asked if she drew inspiration from players like Carolina Marin and Beiwen Zhang, who made successful comebacks after serious injuries, Gao stays grounded and prefers to take one step at a time. Her primary goal is to improve her world ranking and compete in major tournaments.

Gao’s determination and passion for the sport drive her to keep pushing forward. She understands that her form can fluctuate based on her training, but she refuses to give up. She aspires to return to where she once was and regain her previous achievements.

The first day of the China Open brought some thrilling highlights, including Ng Tze Yong’s victory over World Championships bronze medallist HS Prannoy and a morale-boosting win for Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti over Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin, who also won a bronze at the World Championships. Margot Lambert/Anne Tran gave a tough fight to the seventh seeds Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida but fell short. Additionally, the newly-crowned world champions Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yu Jung overcame a spirited challenge from Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje to emerge victorious.


FAQs

Q: Who is Gao Fang Jie?

A: Gao Fang Jie is a professional badminton player who has had a successful career. She reached a career-high ranking of world No.13 and has achieved notable performances in various tournaments.

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Q: How did Gao Fang Jie’s Achilles injury impact her career?

A: Gao Fang Jie suffered an Achilles injury in January 2019, which significantly affected her career. She had to take a break from competing and underwent a period of rehabilitation and recovery. However, she has been making a remarkable comeback and gradually regaining her form.

Q: What are Gao Fang Jie’s goals for the future?

A: Gao Fang Jie aims to improve her world ranking and compete in major tournaments. She is determined to regain her previous level of performance and achieve success in the sport.

Summary

Gao Fang Jie, a skilled badminton player, has made a triumphant return to the China Open after recovering from an Achilles injury. Despite the setback, Gao’s dedication and love for the sport have fueled her comeback. She recently won all her matches at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships, demonstrating her impressive skills. Gao remains focused on improving her world ranking and competing in major tournaments. Her journey serves as an inspiration to other athletes facing similar challenges. The first day of the China Open also witnessed thrilling matches and impressive performances from other players.

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