Tien Minh to confront strong opponents at Japan Open

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnamese player was not lucky in the draw of the Japan Open, when his first rival will be Wang Zhengming, one of the top ten badminton players in the world, in the first round of the Super Series, which will open on September 17 in Japan.

Tien Minh will have to play with high performance in the first round. Photo: JPO.

Tien Minh will have to play with high performance in the first round. Photo: JPO.

The Organizing Committee of the Japan Super Series only selected the eight seeds and the other players are arranged in pairs by drawing lots. Therefore, the remaining players in the top 10 such as Jan Jorgensen (9th) and Wang Zhengming (10th) were the lots that the seeds wanted to avoid. Unfortunately, Tien Minh will face Chinese player Wang Zhengming in the first round.

Wang Zhengming is the champion of the Switzerland Open 2013, entered the semifinals in the Asian Championships 2013, defeated the world’s top players such as Du Pengyu (3rd), Boonsak Ponsana (4th), Lin Dan, Chen Jin …

In two games against this 23 -year-old Chinese player, Tien Minh won both but all the matches were quite stressful and lasted after three sets. However, since the last meeting in January 2012, the skills of Wang Zhengming have improved quite a lot so this game is predicted to be equal.

Tien Minh’s rival is 1m83 high and is the champion of the youth world tournament. Photo: CB .

If Tien Minh defeats Wang Zhengming, his opponent in the second round will be the world’s 35th seed Kento Momota (Japan).

According to the lots draw, Tien Minh’s biggest rival in the quarterfinals to be the No. 4 seed Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand) and in the semi-finals will be the No. 1 seed Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia).

This is the big tournament in the Super Series system with total prize money of up to $200,000.

Tien Minh once moved to the quarter-finals of this tournament in 2012.

Nguyen Nam