PETALING JAYA: National shuttler James Chua has again put off his long-awaited comeback to international competition because of his poor condition in training.
The 22-year-old James has withdrawn from the Korean Open, which will be played in Incheon City next week, even though he has recovered from a knee injury two weeks ago.
“My condition in training has not been good and I will certainly not be able to give a strong performance in the Korean Open,” said the stocky Sarawakian.
“I have been advised to continue training at home and hopefully, I will be able to give good performances in the Open tournaments after the World Championships (May 12-18 in Birmingham).”
The South-East Asian leg of the international circuit tournaments will be played after world championships. They are the Singapore Open (June 16-22), Indonesia Open (June 24-29) and Malaysia Open (July 1-6).
With the withdrawal of James from the Korean Open, Malaysia will have nine players in the men's singles competition.
They are Hashim brothers Roslin and Hafiz, Yeoh Kay Bin, Lee Chong Wei, Ong Ewe Hock, Pei Wei Chung, Yong Hock Kin, Ismail Saman and Sairul Amar Ayob.
The Naza Kia-sponsored Ewe Hock is in the same quarter as Nusa Mahsuri's Roslin.
Veteran Ewe Hock is seeded fifth and will play against reigning world champion H. Hendrawan of Indonesia.
Roslin is expected to meet top seed Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark in the third round.
All-England champion Hafiz, who will be out to make amends for his early exit in the Japan Open, will play against Hong Kong's Yohan Hadikusuma Wiratama in the first round.
He is expected to meet second seed Anders Boesen of Denmark in the third round.
If he advances to the quarter-finals, he could be up against Thailand's Boonsak Polsana or Selangor Open champion Ismail.
It will be tough on Hock Kin, Kay Bin and Chong Wei.
Hock Kin faces South Korean Shon Seung-mo in the first round while Chong Wei will play against Hong Kong's Ng Wei.
In the All-England in February, Chong Wei was eliminated in the first round by Ng Wei.
Kay Bin will be up against South Korean Hoon Hoi-heo. If he clears the first hurdle, he is expected to play against Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat.
Malaysia are not represented in the men's doubles of the five-star (US$200,000) tournament.