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Lin Dan, Simon pull out
of Indonesia Open

Last tweaks: A worker puts finishing touches on the 2013 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier venue at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, on Sunday. The tournament will run from June 10-16. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama
Last tweaks: A worker puts finishing touches on the 2013 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series Premier venue at Istora Senayan, Jakarta, on Sunday. The tournament will run from June 10-16. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

China’s two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan and Indonesia’s two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Simon Santoso have withdrawn from the 2013 Djarum Super Indonesia Open, which will be held at Istora Senayan, Jakarta on June 10-16, due to injuries.

“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 for the World Championship in August,” Lin Dan said as quoted by Antara news wire.

He has also withdrawn from the Li-ning Singapore Open being held from June 18-23.

According to the Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI) head of development and achievement Rexy Mainaki, Simon has withdrawn from the Indonesia Open due to a hip injury.

He has also withdrawn from the two BWF Superseries tournaments.

“He will be grounded for three months,” Rexy told The Jakarta Post via text message on Sunday.

Had 29-year-old Lin Dan not withdrawn from the Indonesia Open he would have faced either Indonesia’s 2004 Olympic gold medalist Taufik Hidayat or world number one Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the early rounds of the
competition.

Lin Dan’s world ranking has slipped from number 2 to 68 after his eight-month hiatus from international badminton tournaments.

His last achievement was winning the gold medal at the London Olympics in August 2012.

After skipping the two superseries tournaments, Lin Dan is expected to make a comeback at the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, in August.

China will be represented by four players — second seed and reigning All-England champion Chen Long, Du Pengyu, Wang Zhengming and Chen Yuekun.

Indonesia’s hopes are pinned on number one mixed doubles pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir — who brought home the All-England title for the second time in March — and men’s doubles Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra — who won the Australia Open and the New Zealand Open in April.

The tournament — which previously offered US$650,000 in prizes — will see 220 players from 23 countries, including Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat, compete for $700,000.

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