Vietnamese badminton ace looks to regain form at Taiwan tourney

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Nguyen Tien Minh, Vietnam's top badminton player, will try to overcome a recent slump and advance his standing within the world's top ten at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei from April 16-21.

The fifth-seeded Minh, 30, who is currently ranked 10th by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), will clash with Chan Yan Kit from Hong Kong in the first round.

Chan, currently ranked 80th by the BWF, lost to Minh in all three of their previous matches.

Should Minh prevail, he will face Zi Liang Derek Wong, Singapore's top player, currently ranked 56th by the BWF.

However, Minh has not advanced to the semifinals of any contest since the beginning of the year, suffering recent losses to younger players of lower rankings.

Vietnamese players Do Duc Tuan, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Pham Cao Cuong will also be participating in the Taipei tournament.

Le Thi Huyen and Vu Thi Trang will compete in the women's singles event. The duo of Duong Bao Duc and Nguyen Hoang Nam will compete in the men's doubles event; and Vu Thi Trang and Nguyen Thi Sen will compete in the women's doubles category.

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