Vietnamese athletes to play in Asia badminton event

Viet Nam News

HÀ N?I — Vi?t Nam will have representatives in the main round of the singles and doubles events of the Badminton Asia Championship, which will start today in Wuhan, China.

Top national player Nguy?n Ti?n Minh is the only Vietnamese to compete in the men’s singles. He will play No. 3 seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea in the first-round match.

The two have met six times and their results were 3-3. However, Minh, 34, is now No. 53 in the world, while Son, 28, sits at No. 4.

In the women’s singles, Vu Th? Trang will play Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani. Trang has defeated her rival 21-19, 16-21, 21-16 at the Ciputra Hanoi-Yonex Sunrise Vietnam International Challenge two years ago.

Her teammate Nguy?n Thùy Linh will face the biggest challenge in the first round, when she plays No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

In the men’s doubles, Ð? Tu?n Ð?c and Ph?m H?ng Nam will see Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro of Indonesia.

In the women’s doubles, Nguy?n Th? Sen and Trang will face the Japanese duo of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.

In the mixed doubles, Ph?m Nhu Th?o and Ð?c will play No. 7 seed Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui of China. Lê Thu Huy?n and Nam will compete against No. 5 seed Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto of Indonesia.

The championship carrying a prize money of US$325,000 will conclude on Sunday. — VNS

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