Vietnamese player Nguyen Tien Minh was ousted from the Australian Badminton Open in Sydney yesterday.
Chinese player Xue Song caused an upset after beating Minh, who was the tournament's No 2 seed, 21-15, 21-10 in 38 minutes.
Xue is not even in the top 200 of the world rankings but dominated play from the beginning of the match. He gave Minh no chance to resist his strong volleys and smashes. The second set was a nightmare for Minh. Although he switched to a highly defensive style of play, he failed to turn the tables.
Xue has become a giant killer in Sydney as on Thursday he downed Indonesian legend Taufik Hydayat, the No 6 seed.
He will next play the winner of the match between Alamsyah Yunus, No 12, of Indonesia and Lee Dong-keun from South Korea in the semi finals today.
The unexpected loss will hit Minh hard, who is No 9 in the world rankings. He is sure to fall in the rankings as Minh could not defend his position at the last year's tournament. In 2012 Minh entered the final match before losing to Chinese player Jin Chen 21-11, 21-12.
The Open will conclude tomorrow while the Badminton World Federation's new rankings will be released early next week.-VNS