|Vietnamese badminton star Nguyen Tien Minh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)—Vietnamese badminton star Nguyen Tien Minh failed to defend his title at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open, which concluded in New Taipei City yesterday.
Minh, the world No 5 and tournament favourite, did not look quite his usual self as he lost 21-19, 9-21, 18-21 to unseeded Son Won-ho of South Korea in the men's final, which lasted around 80 minutes.
South Korean players also dominated all other categories of the annual US$200,000 event.
In the women's singles, No 1 seed Sung Ji-huyn defeated Tai Tzu Ying, No 2, of the hosts 21-16, 21-9.
Shin Baek-choel and Jang Ye-na trounced teammates Yoo Yeon-seong and Eom Hye-won 22-20, 12-21, 21-16 in the mixed doubles pool.
The men's doubles saw Kim Ki-jung and Kim Sa-rang defeat Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin of Chinese Taipei 21-11, 21-11.
There was no match in the women's doubles as Jung Kying-eun and Kim Ha-na were awarded victory after teammate pair Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan withdrew. — VNS