Coming on the heels of her decision to skip the China Masters (September 10-15), Saina Nehwal has opted out of the Japan Open (September 17-22).
Saina was the icon player of the Hyderabad Hotshots, who clinched the Indian Badminton League (IBL) title.
The pullouts indicate that the hectic travelling during the 17-day event has left the players weary. Top players like Tine Baune, Hu Yun and Jwala Gutta had criticised the scheduling.
"Yes, I won't be playing it (Japan Open). I am tired and I need to train as well," Saina told HT.
Hoping to get ready
Saina will be hoping to go well prepared for the next Super Series event in Denmark, where she is the defending champion. "I will be playing the Denmark Open," she confirmed.
"She has decided to opt out because she wishes to train well for the European season that starts with the Denmark event," said TPS Puri, Badminton Association of India (BAI) vice-president.
In her last international assignment at the World Championships in August, Saina had suffered a quarterfinal defeat to Yeon Ju Bae.
PV Sindhu, bronze medallist at the World Championships, who too has decided to skip the China Masters, will be taking part in the Japan Open.
BAI to look into IBL controversy
BAI has set up a committee to look into the controversy that marred the August 25 tie between the Delhi Smashers and Banga Beats in Bangalore.
After the Banga Beats brought in Jan O Jorgensen as a last-minute replacement for the injured Hu Yun, the Delhi unit refused to play. It was only after the Banga Beats decided to keep Jorgensen out that Delhi went ahead with the tie.
"An inquiry committee headed by a retired High Court judge has been appointed to look into the matter. Our disciplinary committee will decide what action must be taken against the players because discipline was lacking amongst some players. We should have the report within this month," said Puri.