HCMC looks the favorite at third national badminton cup

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Experts have tipped Ho Chi Minh City as the strongest team at the third national Dong Luc Cup badminton competition, taking place in the central province of Thua Thien Hue.

Ho Chi Minh City has the country's male and female number one players Nguyen Tien Minh and Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung. Minh is now ranked sixth while Nhung is ranked 80th in the world.

The May 9-12 event attracted nine teams nearly 100 of the country's best players.

Hanoi, HCMC, Da Nang, Military Club and Da Nang National Sports Training Center sent their own full rosters to the event while other teams are grab-bags of players from other quads.

Thai Nguyen and Thai Binh make up one combined team, Dong Nai and Thua Thien Hue make another, while Thanh Hoa and the Ministry of Public Security have teamed up and Bac Ninh and Bac Giang have done the same.

The Sudirman Cup principles are applied at the contest. There are five matches in every round: men and women's singles, men and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

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