Monday, October 4, 2010

Vietnam start strongly at Asian Badminton Champs

Courtesy by Vietnam

Vietnamese mixed duo Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung and Huynh Nguyen Khang advanced to play in the main round of the Yonex Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships.

The pair defeated Karuna Dinulsa and Chandrika de Silva of Sri Lanka 21-12, 17-21, 21-16 on April 13 in the second qualifier in New Delhi , India .

Later Nguyen Hoang Hai and Nguyen Thi Binh Tho beat Uddin Rais Md and Alina Sultana from Banglales 21-16, 21-5.

The duos will join two men’s doubles and two women’s doubles teams from Vietnam in the main round. Vietnam ’s key player Nguyen Tien Minh who is seeded No. 4 at the tournament will play the unknown Shao Wen Shu from Chinese Taipei, who is ranked No 259, in the men’s singles. 
Minh, who is ranked seventh in the world, expects to meet Malaysian Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, who Minh both beat and lost to in 2009, next round.
If the Olympian makes it to the quarter-finals, he will likely to challenge Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand , who he defeated 2-1 at the Thailand Open last year.
HCM City-based Nguyen Hoang Nam and Nguyen Hoang Hai will play in the men’s singles event. Nguyen Nhung is the only representative in the women’s singles event, after her teammates Tho and Phung Nguyen Phuong Nhi lost in the qualifying rounds. 

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