HEAVY PRICE: Thigh injury, exhaustion floor Malaysian in Super Series Finals
LEE Chong Wei, who was shocked by China's Du Pengyu in his opening match, has withdrawn from the Super Series Finals citing a thigh injury and exhaustion in Shenzhen yesterday.
Chong Wei, who said he had suffered the injury while training for the tournament, was a pale shadow of himself as Pengyu secured a 12-21, 21-16, 22-20 win in 65 minutes in their opening Group A match.
Badminton World Federation (BWF) officials confirmed that Malaysia had sent an official letter yesterday.
Chong Wei's withdrawal means Malaysia's chances of winning a title in the Super Series are as good as over as other qualifiers also lost their opening matches.
"I picked up a thigh injury during training. I wanted to withdraw from the event as it has been a long season and I am really tired but had no choice," said Chong Wei after the match.
"Lin Dan had the luxury of a six-month break following his gold medal in the Olympics and his marriage but I had to keep playing.
"I didn't get enough rest and hardly had time to prepare (for the tournament) after my wedding (last month). I also wanted to skip this event to focus on defending my Korea Open and Malaysia Open titles next month."
In another Group A match, Hu Yun of Hong Kong upset Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 19-21, 21-17, 21-9 to stay on course to reach the semis.
Liew Daren found the going tough against Kenichi Tago of Japan suffering a 21-15, 21-18 defeat in Group B.
In the men's doubles Group A, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were outwitted again by China's Olympic champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng with a hard-earned 21-11, 10-21, 21-10 victory.
In an earlier match, Mathias Boe-Cartsen Mogensen of Denmark received a walkover from South Korea's Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang after winning the first game 21-17 and leading 17-9 in the second game.
Based on competition rules, Ki Jung-Sa Rang are out of the tournament and Kien Keat-Boon Heong must beat Bow-Mogensen in today's clash to stay in the hunt for a semi-final slot.
In Group B, Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How's chances of securing a semi-final berth took a hit when the Malaysians lost 21-13, 21-17 to Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan.
Wee Kiong-Thien How will play Hong Wei-Shen Ye of China today.
In the mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying's semi-final hopes went up in smoke after losing to Indonesians Muhammad Rijal-Debby Susanto 21-18, 21-19 in Group B.
They will face Denmark's Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pederse today and Olympic champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China tomorrow.