Vietnam's badminton ace Nguyen Tien Minh, ranked ninth in the world, couldn't upset world number one Malaysian Lee Chong Wei at the Super Series Finals in Taiwan.
In the tournament opening match January 5, Tien Minh lost 12-21, 17-21 to Chong Wei in Group A.
It was the fifth time Tien Minh had lost to Chong Wei in six clashes. The Vietnamese has beaten the Malaysian only once, in Singapore in 2009.
Also in Group A, Denmark's number one Peter Hoeg Gade, ranked third in the world, beat world no.10 Jan O. Jorgensen 21- 11, 18-21, 21-16.
The eight participants in the Super Series Finals 2010 compete in two groups and the best two of each group will advance to the semifinals.
In Group B, the world number two Indonesian Taufik Hydayat plays a round-robin against the world no. 7 Boonsak Ponsana from Thailand and Chinese players Chen Long and Du Pengyu, ranked fourth and 12th respectively.
In the first game on Wednesday, Boonsak Ponsana upset Taufik Hydayat 2-1.
The Taipei tournament, with a total prize money of US$500,000, closes January 9.