|Nguyen Tien Minh of Viet Nam was defeated in the first round of the Maybank Malaysia Open today.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's Nguyen Tien Minh was eliminated in the first round of the Maybank Malaysia Open badminton tournament this morning (April 1).
Minh, a former world No 5, let his rival Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia come from behind to win 18-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the one-hour men's singles match.
It was the Vietnamese player's first tournament this year since he refused to compete in domestic events.
In the women's singles, Vu Thi Trang is the only player from Viet Nam. She will play Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand later this afternoon at the US$500,000 tournament that ends on Sunday.
After the Malaysian tournament, the two Vietnamese players will fly to Singapore for the Singapore Open that starts on April 7. — VNS