|Vietnam’s top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh (Photo: Kha Hoa)|
Meamwhile, Pham Cao Cuong (World No.89), the Vietnamese No.8 seed, lost out to Nugraha of Indonesia (World No.168).
|Top Vietnamese female badminton player Vu Thi Trang (Photo: Kha Hoa)|
During the women’s singles event, No 2 seed Nguyen Thuy Linh (World No.60) failed to win against Se Young An of the Republic of Korea (World No.93) in her second round match while Vu Thi Trang (World No.64) was beaten by Hirari Mizui of Japan (World No.156).
In doubles event, Vietnamese pair Do Tuan Duc and Pham Nhu Thao (World No. 43) were comprehensively beaten by Malaysian pair Man Wei Chong and Tan Pearly Koong Le (World No.802).
The Vietnam International Challenge has attracted the participation of 292 players from 18 countries and territories and will run until Apirl 14. The nation’s represented at the event include Australia, Canada, China, the UK, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Iran, the Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US, Mauritius, and host nation Vietnam.
The event is currently in its twelth year and was announced as an official tournament by the Badminton World Federation last year.