Vietnam's badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh went down fighting to World No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the Super Series Hong Kong Open on Friday.
Minh lost 18- 21, 19-21.
In the first set, the Malaysian contestant proved his rankings and was leading 16-8 at one point, but the 10th-ranked Vietnamese did not give up and managed to make it 18-19.
Tien Minh tried harder in the second set and was on equal terms with the Malaysian until 19-19, before the latter took the next two points and won the set and the match.
Minh has beaten Wei once at the Singapore Open in June 2009, but his Friday defeat had been predicted. World No.3 Lin Dan of China is the only player believed to pose a serious challenge to the Malaysian.
Despite the loss, Minh said he was leaving the tournament with his head held high. He said he hoped to finish the year with a top 10 ranking.