Iskan­dar set to miss out

New Straits Times - - Sport - Fabian Peter

BA of Malaysia (BAM) are ex­pected to with­draw shut­tler Iskan­dar Zulka­r­nain Zain­ud­din from the Malaysia Open to­mor­row.

The 26-year-old Na­tional No 2, de­spite re­turn­ing to court train­ing this week, is still suf­fer­ing from a nag­ging back in­jury.

Na­tional sin­gles coach Hen­drawan, when con­tacted yes­ter­day said: “We will de­cide by Fri­day on whether to with­draw Iskan­dar from the Malaysia Open (Apr 49) as he is still strug­gling with his back.

“He has been un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion since in­jur­ing him­self and only re­turned to court train­ing this week.

“The coaches and the phys­io­ther­a­pist are ob­serv­ing his con­di­tion but we will de­cide soon.”

Iskan­dar, cur­rently ranked World No 30, last played at the Ma­cau Open last De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, an­other in­jured shut­tler Lim Yin Loo is op­ti­mistic of re­cov­er­ing in time for the Su­per Se­ries Premier event in Kuching.

Yin Loo, 29, was placed un­der a twoweek re­cov­ery pro­gramme af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a shoul­der in­jury at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Ulu Kinta last month.

“I’m op­ti­mistic that I will re­cover in time for the Malaysia Open. I re­ally want to play there with my cur­rent part­ner (Yap Cheng Wen),” said Yin Loo, who made her in­ter­na­tional de­but as an 18-year-old at the Malaysia Open in Kuching 11 years ago.

“My part­ner then was Haw Chiew Hwee, and we made it to the last 16 be­fore los­ing to then World No 1 and Olympic cham­pi­ons Gao Ling-Huang Sui of China.”

Since be­ing paired mid last year, Yin Loo-Cheng Wen have risen to No 26 in the world with two ti­tles (In­done­sia In­ter­na­tional and Scot­tish Open) to their names.

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