Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh claims US Open Badminton Championships

By Hoang Quynh, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Tien Minh (L) on the podium at the 2014 US Open Badminton Championships. Still image captured from TV Nguyen Tien Minh (L) on the podium at the 2014 US Open Badminton Championships. Still image captured from TV
Nguyen Tien Minh successfully defended his US Open Badminton title by defeating Taiwan's Tien Chin Chou 2-1 during the final match in New York on July 13.
Minh, the tournament's fought fiercely against Tien during the championships - which is part of the BWF Grand Prix Gold Series.
The final represented their third match at the tournament.
During the first set, Tien followed Minh closely on the scoreboard thanks to good defense and strong smashes from the far end of the court. However he lost 19-21.
Minh was a little slow in the second set and Tien took the advantage for a decisive 21-14 win.
However, the Vietnam's No 1 badminton player resumed his attacks to win a decisive third set and defeat Tien at 21-19 in a match that lasted for one hour and nine minutes.
Earlier at the semifinal match, Minh defeated Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Wong 2-1. He had already defeated Wing at the final to claim the 2013 US Open Badminton Championships.
Minh was awarded US$9,000 after successfully defending his title this year.
He is scheduled to compete at the 2014 Taiwan Open Badminton Championship from July 15-20.
Minh, who is ranked 17th worldwide by the Badminton World Federation with 45,570 points, has claimed the Taiwan Open twice in 2009 and 2012.

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