|Nguyễn Tiến Minh loses in the third round of the Việt Nam Open. — Photo vtv.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — National hope Nguyễn Tiến Minh was bested in the Việt Nam Open badminton tournament by Daren Liew of Malaysia on Thursday in HCM City.
In the third round of the men’s singles, Minh, who is world No 62 and the tournament’s No 9, lost 16-21, 14-21 to Liew, who is world No 50 and tournament’s No 8. In their seven meets, this is the first time that Liew has defeated Minh.
“I am surprised with his outstanding performance. He has lost to me in the past, but he has never played so well like this,” a disappointed Minh said.
In the women’s doubles, Đinh Thị Phương Hồng and Đỗ Thị Hoài advanced to the quarter-finals after winning 21-13, 21-14 against teammates Vũ Thị Trang and Nguyễn Thị Sen. The Southeast Asian Games bronze medallists will now face No 7 duo Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia.
Tonight, Trang, No 4 seed, will play Chinese Taipei’s No 7 Pai Yu Po.
Hồng, Hoài and Trang are the only Vietnamese players left in the 10th edition of the competition, which is one of Badminton World Federation’s Grand Prix events. It has attracted 330 athletes from Belgium, Canada, Indonesia and Japan. The best players will take home prizes of VNĐ1.5 billion (US$67,000). — VNS