Chong Wei will miss the Swiss Open

Lee Chong Wei having a word with coach Hendrawan after reporting for duty after his eight-month ban. RAYMOND OOI/ The Star

PETALING JAYA: World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold next week.

The 33-year-old, who has been seeded first and slated to face Rasmus Fladberg of Denmark on Tuesday, has cited fitness problems for pulling out.

He has won the tournament twice – in 2006 and 2009.

“After discussion, we decided that it’s best for Chong Wei to skip the Swiss Open,” said coach Hendrawan.

“Chong Wei was down with fever days before playing in the All-England and we noticed that he has yet to return to 100%.

“We are not saying that Chong Wei lost early in All-England because of illness. A defeat is a defeat ... there’s no excuse.”

Chong Wei suffered a shock 22-24, 20-22 first-round loss to India’s world No. 37 B. Sai Praneeth on Wednesday.

Chong Wei is expected to return to action at the India Open Superseries in New Delhi from March 29-April 3.

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