Int’l Badminton Tourney Gets Underway

The Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open 2006 began in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday with 118 badminton players from England, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA and Viet Nam.

Nguyen Tien Minh in action on Wednesday (Photo: SGGP)

On day one of the five-day event, Nguyen Quang Minh and Nguyen Tien Minh were the only Vietnamese players to survive in the men’s singles.

Still, that was two better than the Vietnamese women’s singles, all of whom were knocked out in the first round.

Quang Minh beat Singapore’s Tan Wei Kiat 2-0 in the round of 64 in the morning then went on to repeat that score in his evening encounter with Thailand’s Kaweenuntawong.

Nguyen Tien Minh, who had a first-round bye because of his fourth seeding, coasted to an easy 2-0 victory over compatriot Kieu Quang Thuyet.

The US$30,000 tournament is being staged at Phan Dinh Phung Stadium, 8 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3. The semifinals will be played on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.

England’s Andrew Smith and Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, who are ranked 15th and 26th in the world, are the top seeds in the men’s singles.

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Source: SGGP - Translated by Minh Tuong

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