Trang survives in continental badminton tourney

Viet Nam News

HÀ N?I — Vu Th? Trang is the only Vietnamese representative left in the Badminton Asia Championships in China.

She entered the second round of the women’s singles event after defeating Fitriani of Indonesia 21-13, 21-18 in 38 minutes yesterday at the Wuhan Sports Center Gynasium.

It is the second time that Trang has defeated Fitriani. She beat her rival 21-19, 16-21, 21-16 at the Ciputra Hanoi-Yonex Sunrise Vietnam International Challenge two years ago.

She will next play No 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the second round.

It will be a tough match for the Vietnamese who is the world No 38 while Tai is the world top player.

Tai yesterday needed only 24 minutes to beat Vietnamese Nguy?n Thùy Linh 21-10, 21-8.

In other events, Nguy?n Ti?n Minh was defeated 16-21, 9-21 by No 3 seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea in the men’s singles.

Earlier, Ph?m H?ng Nam/Lê Thu Huy?n and Ð? Tu?n Ð?c/Ph?m Nhu Th?o lost in the mixed doubles category.

Tu?n and Nam were trounced in the men’s doubles by Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro of Indonesia 14-21, 15-21, while Nguy?n Th? Sen and Trang were beaten 13-21, 16-21 by the Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto. — VNS

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