The Li-Ning Singapore Open has been dealt a fresh blow after five Chinese shuttlers withdrew from the tournament which takes place from 19-23 June at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Chen Long (Men's No.3), Wang Xin (Women's No.2), Li Xuerui (Women's No.3), Wang Shixian (Women's No.4) and Wang Lin from the China national team will not be participating at the OSIM BWF World SuperSeries tournament, the Singapore Badminton Association confirmed on Friday.
No explanation was given for their withdrawals, although preparation for the London Olympics may be one reason.
The world's top two men shuttlers, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia and Lin Dan from China, have already given the tournament a miss and the absence of the five Chinese players will further dampen the mood ahead of the annual event.
But fans can still look forward to watching Olympic badminton men's singles champion Taufik Hidayat in action. Other notable stars include Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana, Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh, and Indonesia's Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.
Meanwhile, Singapore's Women's double pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei will be hoping to repeat their triumph in 2010. Joining them in representing Singapore are the likes of Derek Wong, Gu Juan and Fu Mingtian.
A record-large prize purse of US$200,000 (S$253,274) is up for grabs at the tournament which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.