Ace runner Kidambi Srikanth said Friday that he will retire from the upcoming Chinese Open and the Korean Open. Srikanth said in a tweet that he suffers a knee injury that has forced him to leave the action. “Hard times. I will not play in the next #ChinaOpen and #KoreaOpen due to a knee injury. I hope to recover quickly and return to action soon,” he tweeted.

Indian runner Ace Kidambi Srikanth retired on Friday from upcoming tournaments in China and Korea, due to a knee injury that broke out after the World Championship last month.

The China Open World Tour Super 1000 is scheduled to be held in Changzhou from September 17-22, followed by the Korea Open World Tour Super 500 (September 24-29) in the city of Incheon.

Guntur, 26, had lost to Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the round of 16 of the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland, last month.

“Hard times. I will not play in the next #ChinaOpen and #KoreaOpen due to a knee injury. I hope to recover quickly and return to action soon!” He wrote on his Twitter account.

Srikanth, who reached the final at the India Open earlier this year, suffered a knee injury just before the Sudirman Cup in May. He recovered to play in Indonesia, Japan and Thailand before performing at the World Championship.

“After the World Championship, he couldn’t train much because of the injury and decided to retire,” said a source.

Srikanth, who had won four Superseries in five finals to become world number 1 for a brief period, has been struggling to find his best form after being worried about injuries and discomfort in the past two seasons.

“In the last eight to ten months, I have not been able to train for a longer period,” said Srikanth, who currently ranks tenth, according to the World Badminton Federation (BWF).

In the 24 events that the Indian played in 2018 and in 2019 so far, Srikanth retired in the quarter-final stage or before in 21, ten of which were first or second round losses.

“I was getting injured and then I came back and trained for a week or two and then I played a tournament, and then I put too much pressure on the tournaments and I got injured again. I want to go back and train for a longer period, and I think if I can do that to from now on, for the next 12 months, I will be in good shape for the Olympic Games, “he added.

The former player of the 10 best players, HS Prannoy, was also forced to withdraw from the two tournaments after suffering dengue.

“I want to go back and train for a longer period, and I think if I can do that for the next 12 months, I will be in good shape for the Olympic Games,” said Srikkanth.

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