Minh wins Viet Nam men's Open
HCM CITY — Vietnamese badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh won the Yonex Sunrise badminton championships-Viet Nam Open yesterday in HCM City.
Seeded No 1 Minh beat Japanese player Takuma Ueda, No 6, 21-14, 21-19 in the men's singles final in 50 minutes to win the first title of this year.
This is the fourth title he has won in the competition, which is in its fifth year. He previously won tournaments in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The title was a great consolation to Minh following his disappointing performance at the London Olympic Games last month, where he crashed out in the group stage.
Thai and Indonesian players dominated other events, winning two out of four remaining titles each.
In the women's singles, top seed Porntip Buranaprasertuk of Thailand won the first prize after beating unseeded Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia 21-10, 21-18 in the final.
Thai pair Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit overcame Indonesian pair Yohanes Shendy Sugiarto and Afiat Yuris Wirawan 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 in the men's doubles event to claim Thailand's second title at the tournament this year.
Duo Pia Zabadiah Bernadeth and Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia beat Malaysian duo Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng to win the women's doubles event.
In the mixed doubles, Indonesian Markis Kido and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth easily beat Malaysian Aik Quan Tan and Pei Jing Lai 23-21, 21-8 to take the title, Indonesia's second title at the tournament. — VNS