TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian athlete Anthony Ginting decided to withdraw from the badminton tournament Denmark Open 2021. Facing French player Thomas Rouxel in the round of 32, the bronze winner of the Tokyo Olympics withdrew after three minutes of the match.
The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) confirmed that Ginting's withdrawal was due to back pain that made the 25-year-old Cimahi-born athlete difficult to move.
According to PBSI's physical trainer Iwan Hermawan, Ginting suffered an overuse injury which was caused by repetitive use of a part of the body for a long time. Prior to the Denmark Open, Ginting represented Indonesia in the Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup. “He suffers an overuse injury after the past two tournaments,” said Iwan.
The world's number five men's singles badminton athlete could not continue the match against Thomas Rouxel. The match which was the second meeting between Ginting and Rouxel ended with a score of 1-4.
Ginting claimed to suffer back pain since the Thomas Cup final four days ago. Despite having spent two days of rest, the pain has not subsided and instead became a stumbling block in the last 32 of the Super 1000 tournament on Wednesday night.
“I had a break yesterday for recovery but maybe it was not enough as it was just two days. So I decided to withdraw from the Denmark Open,” said Ginting.
Due to the withdrawal of Anthony Ginting, Thomas Rouxel secured his position in the round of 16 of the Denmark Open and met another Indonesian athlete, Tommy Sugiarto who had secured his position after defeating the Thai player Kantaphon Wangcharoen in two straight games.