World No. 1 Wang to miss Masters

EAST ASIAN GAMES DUTY: Wang reacts after winning her women’s singles final against Tine Rasmussen of Denmark during the All England Open Championships at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, in this March 8 file photo. — AFP photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s world number one Wang Yihan of China would skip next month’s Super Series Masters finals in Malaysia and represent her country in the East Asian Games instead, the media here reported yesterday.

Wang was the top qualifier for the prestigious seasonending event with five Super Series victories this year but would participate in the East Asian Games in Hong Kong as the dates overlapped, The Star online said.

Wang would be replaced by compatriot and world champion Lu Lan, the paper said, after Chinese world number two Wang Lin also withdrew from the Masters event.

Defending champion Zhou Mi beat Wang Chen in an all- Hong Kong final last year but both would also not feature due to their obligations to the East Asian Games, The Star online said.

Last year, China withdrew all its players from the inaugural event citing a hectic calendar and risk of aggravating injuries. — Reuters

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