|Phạm Cao Cường goes through the second round of the Canada Open badminton tournament. — Photo baomoi.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Phạm Cao Cường is the only male Vietnamese badminton player left contesting in the ongoing 2017 YONEX Canada Open in Calgary, Canada.
Cường on Tuesday defeated Canadian qualifier Johnathan Akin-Mulrooney 21-12, 21-12 in the first men’s singles round.
He will next meet another qualifier Buwaneka Goonethilleka from Sri Lanka, who won 21-10, 21-14 over Nicholas Bonkowsky of Trinidad and Tobago.
Other Vietnamese players, including national No 1 and former world No 5 Nguyễn Tiến Minh, Lê Đức Phát and Nguyễn Hoàng Nam have already lost in the first round.
Minh, who was seeded No 13 here, was defeated by Kevin Cordon of Guatemala 21-16, 21-17. Phát was eliminated after his 14-21, 17-21 defeat to the host’s Bagalur Rajanna Sankeerth. Nam lost quickly 15-21, 5-21 to India’s Abhishek Yelegar.
In other categories, Lê Thu Huyền was ousted in the women’s singles, while Đức Phát/Nguyễn Thị Sen lost in the mixed doubles qualifier.
In the women’s singles, Vũ Thị Trang is the only contestant left for Việt Nam. The No 4 seed will face Japan’s Sayake Takahashi in her first match. — VNS