Vietnam’s badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh beat Malaysian rival Yogendran Khrishnan in straight sets in the opener of the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold 2011 in Melbourne last week.
The seventh-ranked Vietnamese star gave the 61st-ranked Malaysian no chance to level the score once. This proved his superiority.
In the second round, the reigning champ Vietnamese took on Taiwanese Yu Jui Lin, ranked 124th in the world and beat him in straight sets after 41 minutes.
Although Minh is the defending champion, he is the second seed behind the Thailand’s number one player Boonsak Ponsana, ranked 6th in the world.
In the third round, Minh will clash with Yi Lu from China. Minh defeated the 134th-ranked Chinese in Vietnam in 2007 in straight sets.
However, Minh must be cautious because the Chinese rival could upset him. In 2010, Minh was beaten by two unknown Chinese players outside the world top 300.