Chong Wei, Iskandar out of French Open

TOPSHOT - Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei reacts against China's Chen Long during their men's singles Gold Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / GOH Chai Hin

PARIS: It’s lights out for Lee Chong Wei and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin at the French Open.

World No. 1 and top seed Chong Wei has withdrawn from the US$300,000 (RM1.25mil) Superseries tournament at the Pierre Coubertin Stadium with a leg injury.

Last week, Chong Wei suffered a hamstring pull on his left leg in his Denmark Open quarter-final loss to France’s Brice Leverdez in Odense.

On Wednesday, Chong Wei said: “It’s a possible muscle strain in the hip, but it is still under investigation.

“I have pulled out of the French Open as my leg is still troubling me. I am going to the hospital now to do an ultrasound. We will find out how serious it is."

He has been entered for next month's Hong Kong Open and China Open, but his participation is now doubtful.

Iskandar’s campaign ended after he went down 11-21, 19-21 to world No. 24 Shi Yuqi of China in the first round.

“This is my first meeting against Yuqi. The quality of the match was high. I’m glad I played much better than I did in Denmark.

“But I’m still struggling ... I will be more prepared for the China Open and Hong Kong Open,” said the 25-year-old Iskandar, who has withdrawn from next week's Bitburger Open in Germany.

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