Shuttler Pearly will still be on the plane

KUALA LUMPUR: Top women's doubles player, Pearly Tan, is still set to make the trip to Indonesia today, even after sustaining an injury last week.

However, it remains to be seen if she and her world No 12 partner, M.Thinaah, will compete in this week's Super 1000 Indonesia Open.

After reaching the final of the Malaysia Masters last month, the 2022 French Open champions were forced to retire in the opening round of the Singapore Open after Pearly suffered an elbow injury while retrieving a shuttle in the match against Japan's Rin Iwanaga-Kie Nakanishi.

Pearly-Thinaah were trailing the world No 20 pair 21-13, 17-21, 16-9, when they conceded.

National women's doubles coach Hoon Thien How told Timesport: "There is no more swelling, Pearly has been on medication.

"We will make the trip to Jakarta. But we cannot confirm anything until we get there."

According to Thien How, Pearly has also resumed light agility training, but has not applied any pressure on her injured arm.

"She has been training. But we are not putting her arm under any pressure.

"She has been working on her agility," added Thien How.

On Wednesday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia confirmed that Pearly had suffered a minor strain after outstretching her elbow in the match.

The timing of the injury has raised concerns as it is crucial for Pearly-Thinaah to collect ranking points, now that the one-year Olympic qualifiers are in full swing.

Missing out on any of the big World Tour events could see Pearly-Thinaah plunging down the world rankings.

Should the Malaysian badminton darlings be fit to play this week, they will open their campaign against independent compatriots Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien.

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