|Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyễn Tiến Minh. — Photo baomoi.xdn.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyễn Tiến Minh withdrew from the men’s singles event in the first round of the Yonex Sunrise Việt Nam Open.
The game took place at Nguyễn Du Gymnasium in HCM City on July 19.
Minh, No 6 seed and world No 34, lost to world No 424 Siril Varma of India.
The Olympian Minh easily defeated his rival 21-6 in the first set, but the 33-year-old player then lost to 17-year-old Varma 7-21 in the second set.
In the third set, while losing to his rival 5-13, Minh asked to withdraw from the game due to ill health.
Earlier, the HCM City-born player had also withdrawn from the Canada Open and the US Open due to health issues.
Minh won the Việt Nam Open in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Minh, who won bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship in 2013, and his girlfriend Vũ Thị Trang earned a ticket to compete in the Brazil Olympics next month. — VNS