Vietnam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh Thursday entered the men's singles quarterfinals of the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, with a hard-fought win over a lowly Spaniard.
Minh clawed back from a set down to beat 105th-ranked Pablo Abian 15-21, 21-9, 21-10 in the third round.
In the previous round Abian had upset 24th-ranked Indian Ajay Jayaram, who had earlier defeated 12th-ranked Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong.
In the first set, Abian was superior to Minh, leading all the way to take it 21-15. But Minh found his range in the next two sets to win easily.
The 7th-ranked Vietnamese next takes on Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen, who beat fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the third round Thursday.
Minh has played Jorgensen seven times and beaten him five times. With both players in good form at the moment, Minh is likely to have a fight on his hands.