Tien Minh of Vietnam and Sho Sasaki of Japan are ranked the first two seeds at the Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open badminton’s tournament which is scheduled to kick off from August 22-28 in Ho Chi Minh City.
The world's number 7 Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam Photo: Tuoi Tre
It creates a chance for the world’s number 7 Minh to revenge for his 2-0 loss over the Japanese who is ranked 12 in the world. Minh was beaten 21-17 21-18 in the final game at the US Open in Los Angeles in July and accepted silver medal.
Vietnam will send 42 players to compete at next week’s event, with four of them to enter the main round and the remainders attending qualifiers.
The US$50,000 tournament is estimated to see the participation of 277 players from 23 nations, with winner in singles events to take in $3,750 cash prize.
In the opening round, Minh will take on the world’s number 203 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito from Indonesia.
At the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships last week in London, Tien Minh had to stop his cruise at the quarterfinals after losing 2-1 to number 3 in the world, Peter Gade of Denmark. Minh was given an award of 6,600 points for his results.