Star Indian shuttler and world number five P.V. Sindhu has pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Tour finals in China.
In a letter to the Badminton Association of India on Sunday, Sindhu said she was not yet fully recovered from the left ankle stress fracture sustained during her gold medal-winning run at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
"Her doctor has advised her to take some more time so that she recovers completely ahead of the new season. She has discussed about the pros and cons but with so many restrictions in Guangzhou and also keeping the new season in mind, she has taken this decision," Sindhu's father PV Ramana told PTI.
"She has already started her training a couple of weeks back and by January she will be fully fit. So in view of all these reasons, she sent a mail to BAI informing her about her decision.
"She will need to be at her best for next year which will have Asian Games and also the 2024 Paris Olympics qualification, playing about 22 tournaments will be tough, so she is taking extra care."
P.V. Sindhu is a former champion, as she won the very first edition of the BWF World Tour Finals in 2018.
With P.V. Sindhu withdrawing from the World Tour finals now, H.S. Prannoy remains the only representative from India who has a spot in the year-ending event assured. Kidambi Srikanth is still fighting for a spot.
Doubles pair Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty drew curtains on their season after losing the quarter-finals of the Hylo Open 2022 and world number 6 Lakshya Sen pulled out of the Australian Open owing to a throat infection effectively ending his season.
Guangzhou, the host city of the World Tour Finals, is China's new epicentre for the Covid-19 virus, with new coronavirus cases surging this month in the global manufacturing hub.