Indonesia’s hopes in the men’s singles in the Korea Open Super Series have suffered yet another blow.
The nation’s top shuttler, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, has decided to withdraw from the year’s second Super Series tournament, which runs Jan. 13-18 at the 2nd Olympic Gymnasium in Seoul.
Recurring hamstring injuries cost Sony, 24, the Denmark and France Super Series tournaments last year, a hammer blow coming on the heels of consecutive victories in Indonesia, Japan and China. Such injuries have plagued him throughout his career.
But Sony said fitness was not the main reason behind his withdrawal.
“I am not in good enough condition to play, and I am not in a good mood to play. It’s not because of my injury,” he said on Tuesday.
Sony was scheduled to start the Korea Open against Anand Chetand of India, who defeated him in the second round of the 2008 Denmark Super Series. Instead, he said he would now put his focus on the All England tournament, which takes place March 3-8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
“I’ll prepare myself for the most prestigious Super Series tournament. I think two months of preparation will be enough,” he said. “I want to do my best there.”