Badminton: Pearly won't push it

Badminton: Pearly won’t push it

PETALING JAYA: There is only one thing on Pearly Tan’s mind now – to focus on fully recovering from her hamstring injury before seeing action.

On Monday, the national women’s double shuttler was confirmed to have suffered a hamstring tear and will need about four to six weeks to recover.

Pearly had picked up the injury while playing in the second round of the Japan Open along with partner M. Thinaah against South Korea’s Baek Ha-na-Lee Yu-lim.

There were initial fears that the 22-year-old had picked up a serious injury as she had to leave the stadium in Osaka in a wheelchair.

Those fears were allayed when the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) done on Pearly revealed that she had escaped a career-threatening injury.

The shuttler now wants to fully concentrate on her recovery.

“I just feel so relieved but I also have to focus on my rehabilitation. I have to take good care for this injury to heal.

“I hope my condition on court will be good when I play in my next tournament,” said Pearly.

The next tournaments scheduled for Pearly and Thinaah are the Denmark Open (Oct 18-23) and French Open (Oct 25-30) but their participation depends on whether the former will be able to fully recover in time.

Meanwhile, Thinaah remained upbeat despite her partner’s injury, posting a positive message on social media.

“We always believe everything happens for a reason. Have faith and everything will be alright. Take care and I will always be with you. We will be back stronger,” posted Thinaah.

Pearly-Thinaah, who are currently ranked No. 11 in the world, will be hoping to continue their good form before the injury setback when they return to action.

They had captured two golds in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July and stunned South Korea’s world No. 2 Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan in the first round of the Japan Open.

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