HCM CITY — Vietnamese top-ranked Nguyen Tien Minh triumphed at the Yonex Sunrise Viet Nam Open Badminton Championship after beating Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit in the men’s singles final yesterday.
Minh, world No 17, played in the most exciting match of the tournament.
The HCM City-born athlete had a strong showing from the outset, but his world No 26 opponent showed his mettle by matching him point for point .
Minh, who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finally clinched two more points to take the first set, 24-22.
In the second set, the Hong Kong player tried to tie the score but ultimately failed to keep Minh from the victory podium after Minh won 21-18.
The win was another sign of success for Minh this year, as he already swept the Viet Nam Challenge – Robot Cup and the Macau Grand Prix to leap from No 24 to 17 in the World Badminton Federation’s rankings.
In the women’s singles final, Zhang Beiwen of Singapore beat her fellow patriot Xing Aiying 11-21, 21-19, 22-20 to take the title.
In the men’s doubles final later yesterday, Tan Fook Chong and Wan Wah Lee of Malaysia easily beat Kurniawan Fran and Rendra Wijaya from Indonesia 21-14, 21-10 to win the championship.
Indonesian duo Irawati Shendy Puspa and Jauhari Meiliana beat out Suri Shinda Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore 21-16, 19-21, 21-11 to take the title.
The six-day US$50,000 prize-winning tournament, an annual fixture of the World Badminton Federation’s competition roster, drew 159 athletes from 11 countries and territories. Viet Nam had the majority of participants in the tournament with 40 athletes. — VNS