VietNamNet Bridge – Today, January 8, Vietnam’s top badminton player Tien Minh is playing the first game of the South Korea Open, which has a record prize fund of $1 million. He is anticipated to reach the quarter-finals.


At the end of 2012, Tien Minh returned to the world’s No. 8 position. The South Korea Open 2013 is his first competition in 2013.

The event is among the five highest Premier tournaments of the super-series system. This is also the tournament with the biggest prize fund in the professional badminton system in 2013 of the world – US$1 million.

At this tournament, Tien Minh is ranked No. 6 seed and his first rival will be the 23-year-old player of Hong Kong, Wong Wing Ki. Currently ranking 27th in the world, Wong Wing Ki made significant marks in 2011 and 2012: defeating Lin Dan at the Open Denmark 2011, beating Chen Jin in the Open Germany 2012 and entering the 1/16 round of the 2012 Olympics.

If he wins this battle, Tien Minh will face the winner of the match between Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia) and Vicktor Axelsel (Denmark).

Last year Tien Minh entered the second round of this tournament.

Compiled by Nam Nguyen