China's Lin Dan celebrates winning his men's singles badminton gold medal match against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei …
China's superstar shuttler Lin Dan has withdrawn from this month's Li-Ning Singapore Open, citing injury.
The two-time Olympic champion, 29, has also pulled out of the Indonesian Open next week.
The last time he competed at the Singapore SuperSeries event was during the 2011 edition, when he gave compatriot Chen Jin a walkover in the men's singles final, after a bout of illness. He didn't play in the event last year.
Lin, who is ranked 68th in the world, was arguably the biggest draw of the annual tournament. But he said he wasn't a hundred percent fit and needed a rest.
"I injured myself during the Badminton Asia Championship and have not fully recovered. After playing the preliminary rounds of the China National Games, I found myself not in the best condition for tournaments and I want to focus on recuperating myself for the World Championship in August."
As a result of Lin's withdrawal, Singapore No.2 men’s shuttler Ashton Chen was promoted to the qualifying round of the US$200,000 event, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 18-23 June.
Chen will now join compatriot Derek Wong in the qualifiers and is set to face Indonesia’s H.S. Prannoy. Wong will take on Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli.
Finland’s Ville Lang will take Lin's place in the main draw, facing Vietnam’s 6th seed Nguyen Tien Minh in the first round.