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Lee Chong Wei to Miss Danish Open

After looking forward to the prospect of winning his first tournament as world number one, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei has made a U-turn and decided to skip this week's Danish Open in Odense.

Lee assumed the world number one position soon after losing in the Beijing Olympic men's singles final against China's Lin Dan.

He then lost in two Super Series finals, extending his record of never having won a tournament while holding the number one ranking. This is his third stint as the world's top player.

With former world number one Lin stating earlier that he would not take part in the Odense Super Series event, it appeared even more favourable for Lee.

However, the Malaysia has now decided against defending the title he won last year in Denmark, opting instead to prepare for the French Open, which takes place one week later.

Lee is still recovering from his Olympic efforts as well as his post-Beijing, which saw him forced to attend several functions and neglect proper training.

Kenny Goh, general manager of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, was quoted in the local media as saying: "Chong Wei preferred to stay home to prepare for the French Open the following week where he is the defending champion. He has discussed the matter with his coach Misbun Sidek before coming to the decision."

Lin, who was beaten by Lee in the Thomas Cup in May, has yet to play a competitive match since claiming gold at the Olympic Games, where he easily beat a surprisingly slow Lee in the final.

Reports speculated that Lee's decision to withdraw from the Danish Open was also based on the fact that Misbun will be taking a break this week.

Misbun is currently in China looking after his wife, who is undergoing a kidney transplant.

However, once Lee gets back on the circuit, he will be very busy for three weeks. Straight after the French Open, he travels back to Asia to take part in two major events, the China Open and the Hong Kong Open.

He was runner-up in both tournaments last year and is determined to make up for it this season.

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