Minh set for difficult time at World Badminton Championships

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Vietnam's badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh has a tough fight on his hands at the 2010 World Badminton Championships held in Paris from August 23-29.

Ranked seventh in the world, Minh, the only Vietnamese player to enter the world top 100, is the seventh seed at the event that will have around 400 players from all continents competing.

In the first round, Minh will clash with Ukrainian player Valeriy Atrashchenkov, ranked 70th in the world.

Minh has so far never lost to a European player other than Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark, who is ranked number two in the world.

He is likely to run into real difficulty in the second round onwards, however, with a likely encounter against South Korea's number one player Park Sung Hwan.

If Minh manages to beat the South Korean, he will probably face one of two Chinese players, Lin Dan or Jin Chen, ranked third and fourth respectively. So far, Minh has lost all the games against these two.

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