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Can Malaysian Sensation change All England fortunes?

Malaysia have won 26 titles in the 109 year history of the All England – but significantly, they have never landed a women’s title in either singles or doubles events.

It is a rare thing in the history books, but in the case of Malaysia, the female of the species is not more deadlier than the male.

However, could that set to change?  

Step forward 18 year old singles specialist Goh Jin Wei. Dubbed the ‘Malaysian Sensation’ in her homeland, the 5ft2 rising star has fans excited about the future and her rivals talking about the potential she brings.

She is not going to rewrite history over night but after an understated All England debut last year she will have expectations going into Birmingham this year.

Last March she lost to Aya Ohori in the second round. 
Roll forward 12 months and expectations will be heightened after a strong start to the 2019 World Tour which saw her reach a debut Super 500 semi final at the Malaysia Masters this week.

That run saw her beat 2018 YONEX All England finalist Akane Yamaguchi in the first round and then the Chinese talents of Zhang Yiman and fifth seed He Bingjiao.

The beating of world number three Yamaguchi made headlines in her homeland. The defeat of world number seven Bingjiao quickened pulses on social media.

It took a Ratchanok Intanon sized threat to end that run – and it was the same Thai superstar who later backed Goh to be a contender.

"Jin Wei can achieve what she wants (to be a top 10 player in the next couple of years) but she has to be patient and work very hard," said Ratchanok.

Goh does have pedigree. She netted Youth Olympic Games and World Junior Championships golds last year – becoming the first shuttler to win both titles.

And the history making doesn’t end there. As reigning South East Asia Champion she  became the first Malaysian to win the women's singles gold medal since Wong Mew Choo n 2003.

That title ended a 16 year wait but can she change 109 years of history?
It is a big ask as the women's game evolves but Goh has come a long way since her World Tour debut at the 2016 Australian Open.