Tien Minh advances to World Championships round 3

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Vietnam's best badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh has advanced to the third round of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships.

Tien Minh beat German rival Dieter Domke in straight sets in the second round of the men's singles event on Wednesday although the German player showed how strong he was in the first set. Domke was in the lead most of the time until midway through the set.

However, the physical strength of the 64th-ranked German, 1.98 meters tall, was not too much for the experienced 7th-seeded Vietnamese.

Minh, standing 7th in the BWF rankings, leveled the score at 14-14 before leading 19-17.

Domke then leveled the score again at 20-20 before Minh scored four points to take the set 24-22.

The more experienced Vietnamese was even better in the second set and won 21-17 to book a berth in the third round of the men's singles event.

In the first round, Tien Minh easily beat the 118th-ranked New Zealander Joe Wu 21-8, 21-11.

In the third round, Tien Minh will play the 88th-ranked Spaniard Pablo Abian, who upset the 24th-ranked Indian Ajay Jayaram in the second round. Ajay Jayaram had played impressively in the first round when he defeated the 12th seed Wing Ki Wong from Hong Kong.

The event is taking place until August 11 in Guangzhou, China.

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