Women’s singles is the only Olympics badminton event in which four Chinese shuttlers qualified.
However, according to Badminton World Federation rules, three must be chosen from among the world top four, reports Xinhua.
Reigning world champion Wang Yihan secured an Olympic ticket by leading China to regain the Uber Cup in May. World No 2 Wang Xin also staged a good performance in the Uber Cup.
The 21-year-old Li Xuerui, who is on a four-tournament winning streak in the past four months, is a relative newcomer to the traditional three “Wang”s echelon.
She surpassed Shixian in the world ranking to enter the top three recently.