Vietnamese player looks to move up in world ranking

May 31, 2006

   05/30/2006 — 11:41(GMT+7)

Ha Noi (VNA) – Vietnamese players had a string of bad luck on May 28 when they all lost in the three quarter-final matches of the 120,000 USD Bingo Bonanza Philippines Badminton Open.

Nonetheless, Viet Nam's top player Nguyen Tien Minh is expected to improve his world ranking by 26 steps to 38th after reaching the quarters in the Philippines.

Losing lots of energy in the three-set win over 14th world ranked Kuan Beng-hong last Saturday, No 9 seed Tien Minh played out of form against his Malaysian rival Hashim Roslin, who is 45 ranks behind on the world table.

Roslin, who is 109 world ranked, capitalised on his 15-year experience to overwhelm Minh's weakened strength in two straight sets. The Malaysian won 21-9, 21-15.

Tran Thanh Hai, although injured, still tried his best in two doubles matches in hope of improving his points to qualify for the world championship.

Hai and Nguyen Quang Minh, 62nd world ranked seeded No 5 in men's doubles, were defeated by Indonesian duo Uki Kasah Yoga and Suryatama Yonathan in two sets, losing 21-14, 21-15.

Hai played with less strength in the mixed doubles later on Sunday when he paired up with women's Top Player Championship titlist Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung.

Hai and Nhung were trounced 21-10; 21-11 by Muhamad Rizal and Gresya Polii of Indonesia.

Tien Minh and Quang Minh will represent Viet Nam in the Singapore Open later this week.-Enditem

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