Minh returns to top 10 world ranking

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Nguyen Tien Minh is back among the top 10 badminton players of the world six months after indifferent performances pushed him out of the elite group.

In the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released Thursday, Minh grabbed the 10th spot on the back of winning the Yonex Chinese Taipei championship held early October.

Former world No.1 Dane Peter Hoeg Gade fell four spots to 12 after he was swept aside in the October 16-21 Yonex Denmark Open. Gade has since called it a day, saying younger Danes are ready to take over.

China's Du Pengyu jumped three places to sixth thanks to his final berth in the Yonex Denmark Open (losing to the world No. 1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei), while a quarterfinal berth in the same tournament lifted Japan's Kenichi Tago three positions to 7th.

Tien Minh did not compete in the Denmark Open or the French Open (October 23-28), so he lost a few chances to gain points. However, he hopes to hold on to the top 10 spot at the end of this year by competing and doing well at the Li Ning China Open (November 13-18) and the Macau Open (November 27 till December 2).

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