Minh defends Vietnam Open

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Vietnam's badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh successfully defended his Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open championship at Ho Chi Minh City's Phan Dinh Phung Sports Center on Sunday.

Top seed Minh, ranked 14th globally, beat 35th-ranked Japanese Takuma Ueda 21-14, 21-19 in the final match that lasted 50 minutes.

29-year-old Minh, the only Vietnamese to enter the world's top 100, said Ueda played much better in the second set and caused him a lot of difficulties, but he managed to keep calm. Several errors by the Japanese player helped him, Minh said.

Minh's first title of 2012, could have provided some relief after his first round loss at the London Olympics.

The title earned Minh a cash prize of US$3,750 from the organizers.

He also received a reward of VND20 million from Nguyen Phuong Nam, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation and VND10 million from Dai Hung Company, an exclusive distributor of Yonex badminton rackets in Vietnam.

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