Tien Minh in Chinese Taipei Open semis

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Vietnam's badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh advanced to the men's singles semifinals of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open after beating Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong in straight sets on Friday.

The 22-year-old Hong Kong, ranked 22nd in the world had the advantage of youth  while the 29-year-old Vietnamese, ranked 13th, had more experience.

The two players were on equal terms most of the time in the first set until the score was 14-14, but Minh stepped up his game and took it 21-17. The second set followed a similar script and Minh won it 21-17 again to finish the game after 36 minutes.

Minh will next meet the winner of the quarterfinal match between Wei Feng Chong and Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif, both of Malaysia. The former is ranked 30th in the world, while the latter is 49th. Latif had previously swept aside 24th-ranked Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto in the third round to advance to the quarters.

The 2012 Grand Prix Gold contest in Taipei started on Tuesday October 2 and will end on Sunday October 7.

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