Kuala Lumpur: Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan have withdrawn from next week’s Indian Open. The badminton legends instead wanted to concentrate on their potential clash at the Malaysian Open that will be held in Kuching, Malaysia from April 4th to April 10th.
Lee Chong Wei who celebrated his fourth All England title two weeks ago, needed some rest to ready for winning his 12th Malaysia Open title in Kuching.
“Chong Wei is still not at 100% yet. An additional week of rest and training would rejuvenate and prepare him better for the Malaysia Open,” said Lee’s coach Tey Seu Bock.
“Chong Wei was exhausted after All-England, that’s why we pulled him out of the Indian Open,” added Tey.
Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan who remained hungry for wins and defeated his junior Shi Yuqi to win the Swiss Open last Sunday, has also decided to skip the Indian Open.
“We are fully expecting the 33-year-old Lin Dan to arrive at Malaysia Open stronger. His presence will make the men’s singles competition more interesting,” said Tey.
For the record, Lin Dan has reached the final of Malaysia Open three times, but lost to Lee in 2005 and 2006, and teammate Chen Long in 2015.
In the 2006 Malaysia Open final that was also held in Kuching, Lee and Lin were engaged in an 3-set epic battle in which Lee Chong Wei showed his never-say-die spirit, as the Malaysian saved eight match points in the decider to subdue Lin Dan who was World No. 1 at that time to win his third consecutive Malaysia Open title.
Both Lee and Lin have been drawn into different half of this year’s Malaysia Open. If the seeds hold through the tournament, this could lead to another exciting final between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan.