VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam badminton prodigy Nguyen Tien Minh has been seeded fifth out of 32 competitors in the men’s singles at the 2013 YONEX Open Japan Super Series which is scheduled to take place in Tokyo from September 17-22.
Nguyen Tien Minh.
The six-day event is expected to draw the attendance of most of the world’s top players despite its modest prize money of US$200,000.
In the first round of play, Tien Minh, ranked fifth in the world, faces a tough challenge from world no. 10 Wang Zhengming of China. In their two most recent meetings, Minh outplayed his Chinese rival by the same score of 2-1.
At last year’s tournament, Minh had to stop in the quarterfinal round after losing 0-2 to Hong Kong opponent Hun Yun.
Tien Minh is currently performing superbly at the 2013 YONEX Chinese Taipei Open, coasting through the second round following a rewarding 2-0 victory over Taiwanese world no. 337 Yang Shengjie yesterday (Sept 5).
Source: Nhan Dan