|Nguyễn Tiến Minh. — Photo baomoi.com |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyễn Tiến Minh missed the chance to enter the final round of the 2017 Yonex US Open Badminton Championships at the Anaheim Convention Centre Arena yesterday.
Minh, world No 66, was defeated 21-14, 21-19 by No 2 seed Prannoy Kumar of India, world No 23, in their semi-final match.
At the Indonesia Open last year, Kumar had beaten the world’s leading players Chen Long and Lei Chong Wei.
Earlier, HCM City-born Minh beat Jeon Hyeok Jin of South Korea, world No 40 and world No 35 Pablo Abian of Spain to reach the semi-finals.
Vietnamese pair Đỗ Đức Tuấn and Phạm Hồng Nam were ousted in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles category.
The event attracted popular players, including 2016 US Olympians Jamie Subandhi, Sattawat Pongnairat, Howard Shu, and Phillip Chew, as well as some of the world’s greatest badminton players, such as Beiwen Zhang, Lee Hyun-Il, Michelle Li and legendary player Tony Gunawan.
The event carries a prize money of US$120,000. — VNS