Goh Jin Wei
Goh Jin Wei.jpg
Personal information
Born (2000-01-30) 30 January 2000 (age 22)
Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia
ResidenceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
CoachNova Armada[1]
Women's singles
Highest ranking24 (9 August 2018)
Current ranking59 (30 August 2022)
BWF profile

Goh Jin Wei (Chinese: 吴堇溦; pinyin: Wú Jǐnwēi; born 30 January 2000) is a Malaysian badminton player.[2][3] She won the 2015 and 2018 BWF World Junior Championships and the girls' singles title at the 2018 Youth Olympics. At senior level, she won the women's singles title at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Early life

Goh Jin Wei was born in Bukit Mertajam, Penang into a Malaysian Chinese family, to Loh Bee Sim and Goh Boon Huat.[4][5] She first started playing badminton at the age of six as a hobby. Her father noticed her talent and let her train under the guidance of Teh Peng Huat, Lee Chong Wei's former coach.[6] When she was 11, she won the Under-12 Grand Prix Finals and the Malaysian School Sports Council representing her primary school, SJKC Jit Sin ‘B’.[4] She was drafted into the Malaysia national team at the age of 14.[7]


Junior level

Goh with Wang Zhiyi and Phittayaporn Chaiwan at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

At the 2015 World Junior Championships, Goh won the girls singles' event by defeating compatriot Lee Ying Ying in the final.[8] In 2017, she earned a bronze medal in the singles event after losing to Han Yue in the semifinals. Goh participated at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires where she defeated top seed, Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the semifinals. In the final, Goh defeated Wang Zhiyi to win Malaysia's first gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games. In doing so, Goh became the first ever shuttler to win both World Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games title.[9] At the 2018 World Junior Championships, Goh reached the final where she defeated Line Christophersen to capture her second World Junior Championship title.[10]


In February 2015, Goh became the youngest-ever national winner at the age of 15 after defeating Lim Yin Fun in the final of the Kuala Lumpur Open. At the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, Goh won the bronze medal in women's singles event and a silver medal in women's team event. She won her first senior title, the Belgian International at the age of 15 by defeating Kirsty Gilmour in the final. She won her second senior title at the Vietnam International.[11]

In April 2016, she won the Orleans International. Goh was named in the Malaysian squad for the 2016 Uber Cup. She made her Super Series debut at the 2016 Australian Open where she defeated Michelle Li in the first round before losing to eventual champion, Saina Nehwal in the second round. In her first Grand Prix Gold tournament, Goh reached the final of the Indonesian Masters before losing to top seed, Busanan Ongbamrungphan. She then lost in the semifinals of the Thailand Open to the same opponent. In December 2016, she became national No. 1 shuttler for the first time in her career after surpassing Tee Jing Yi in BWF Ranking.

In January 2017, Goh competed at the Malaysian Masters where she lost to Lee Chia-hsin in the second round after playing with an injury.[12] She made her return at the Malaysia Open in April and was defeated in the second round by Chen Yufei. In July 2017, she reached the final of the Chinese Taipei Open where she lost to Saena Kawakami.[13] At the 2017 SEA Games in August, Goh won all her matches in the women's team event. The team made it to the finals where they lost to Thailand, taking home the silver medal.[14] In the women's singles event, Goh defeated her compatriot and senior, Soniia Cheah Su Ya in the final, becoming the first Malaysian to win the women's singles gold medal since Wong Mew Choo in 2003.[15] In September 2017, Goh reached the final of the Singapore International which she lost to Ruselli Hartawan.

In March 2018, she competed in her first All England Open but lost to Aya Ohori in the second round. In June 2018, she reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open before losing to eventual winner, Tai Tzu-ying.[16] In her World Championships debut, she lost to the reigning world champion, Nozomi Okuhara in the third round. At the Korea Masters in November, Goh lost in the semifinals to Li Xuerui.[17]

In January 2019, Goh beat Akane Yamaguchi, Zhang Yiman and He Bingjiao to reached the semifinals of 2019 Malaysia Masters before losing to eventual winner, Ratchanok Intanon. At the 2019 German Open, Goh reached the semifinals where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi. Goh would later suffer from a stomach ailment and she played her last BWF tournament in 2019 at the Australian Open where she lost to Soniia Cheah in the first round. In October, she underwent surgery due to the ailment. She made her return at the 2020 Thailand Masters, losing to Akane Yamaguchi in the first round. Goh was included in the Malaysia's 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships squad which would be her final BWF tournament in 2020.

2021–present: Retirement and return to badminton

In March 2021, Goh reached the quarterfinals of Orléans Masters. In June, Goh competed at the Spanish International, reaching the final before losing to Kisona Selvaduray. In September 2021, Goh announced her retirement from professional badminton in a YouTube video, citing health reasons after her colectomy surgery back in 2019.[18] However, Goh returned to professional badminton after signing a three-year contract with Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club as an independent player on 6 January 2022 while reiterating that she would not be able to give her full commitment as a player with the national team due to her health issues,[19][20]. She was due to appear in the 2022 Syed Modi International and 2022 Odisha Open after having registered for the tournaments, but was asked to withdraw by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).[21] On 21 January 2022, BAM issued her a backdated two-year ban from participating in Badminton World Federation-sanctioned tournaments, starting from when she left the national team in September 2021.[22] The ban was issued to her and Lee Zii Jia after the latter quit the national team on 19 January 2022.[23] On 27 January 2022, after submitting her appeal to BAM, the ban was rescinded.[24][25]

The 2022 Korea Open was Goh's first tournament after the rescinding of her ban where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kim Ga-eun.


Southeast Asian Games

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore Indonesia Hanna Ramadini 21–16, 12–21,18–21
2017 Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia Soniia Cheah Su Ya 21–11, 21–10

Youth Olympic Games

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina China Wang Zhiyi 16–21, 21–13, 21–19
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World Junior Championships

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 Centro de Alto Rendimiento de la Videna, Lima, Peru Malaysia Lee Ying Ying 21–15, 21–16
2017 GOR Among Rogo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia China Han Yue 9–21, 10–21
2018 Markham Pan Am Centre, Markham, Canada Denmark Line Christophersen 21–13, 21–11

BWF Grand Prix (2 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Indonesian Masters Thailand Busanan Ongbamrungphan 15–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Chinese Taipei Open Japan Saena Kawakami 17–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Belgian International Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–15, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Vietnam International Series Chinese Taipei Chen Su-yu 21–9, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Orleans International Indonesia Fitriani 15–21, 21–10, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Singapore International Indonesia Ruselli Hartawan 13–21, 21–10, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Spanish International Malaysia Kisona Selvaduray 14–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

BWF Junior International (2 titles)

Girls' singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 German Junior International Denmark Mia Blichfeldt 21–9, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Dutch Junior International Malaysia Tan Jinn Hwa Malaysia Goh Sze Fei
Malaysia Lee Ying Ying
21–18, 18–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Junior International Grand Prix tournament
  BWF Junior International Challenge tournament
  BWF Junior International Series tournament
  BWF Junior Future Series tournament

Awards and accolades

Year Award Category Result Ref(s)
2015 SAM-100PLUS Awards Best Young Athlete Won [26]
2018 National Sports Awards OCM Special Awards Won [27]
The Malaysia Book of Records First Malaysian to win gold medal in Youth Olympic Games in Individual sports Won [27]


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