Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have withdrawn from this week’s Indian Open, citing the Malaysian Open in two weeks time as the priority.
Both Chong Wei and Dan, who are currently ranked first and sixth in the world respectively, have been busy in recent times.
Malaysia’s Chong Wei, who has won the Indian Open on three occasions, bagged the prestigious All-England Championship earlier this month.
China’s Dan recovered from his All-England semi-final exit to win the Swiss Open last week.
With those commitments in mind, and the fact that the Malaysian Open holds Superseries Premier status while the Indian Open only holds Superseries status, both stars have opted to skip the event in New Delhi this week.
“We pulled Chong Wei out of the Indian Open based on his form in training – the All-England victory took a toll on him,” Malaysian National coach Tey Seu Bock said on the matter.
“He’s not at his best right now. An extra week of training will give Chong Wei the time to be ready for the home tournament.”
As for Dan, Chong Wei’s rival, Seu Bock was certain that he would be out to win the Malaysian Open as it is one of the few events he has never won in his distinguished career.
“Lin Dan is still hungry for titles,” a wary Seu Bock added.
“He’ll be even stronger at the Malaysian Open. The presence of Lin Dan and Chong Wei will make the men’s singles competition more interesting in Kuching.”
Denmark’s Jan Ø. Jørgensen, the world’s second best player, is now the top seed at the Indian Open. Countrymen, Viktor Axelsen, who is ranked fourth in the world, will be the number two seed.
Those two Danes will fancy their chances of claiming the title and the $325,000 that are on offer.
The action starts on Tuesday.