National championship runner-up Nguyen Hoang Thien of Ho Chi Minh City had no difficulty in beating overseas Vietnamese Vu Aterm of the Military Team 6-2, 6-1.
The Military Team’s Ho Huynh Dan Mach came from behind to overcome Lam Quang Tri of Ca Mau before Tri had to retire with an injury.
Tran Hoang Anh Khoa trounced Military teammate Le Cong Tien 6-3, 6-2. Hanoi’s Trinh Linh Giang was also leading rising star Nguyen Dac Tien 6-2, 3-0, before the teenager withdrew from injury.
In the main round, Thien and Khoan will play in Group A where they will meet wildcard holders former national champion Do Minh Quan (Ho Chi Minh City) and Pham Minh Tuan (Da Nang). In Group B, Mach and Giang will face Le Quoc Khanh (Ho Chi Minh City) and Tran Thanh Hoang (Military).
In the women’s event, Huynh Phi Khanh overpowered Dao Minh Trang 7-6, 6-3 in an all Ho Chi Minh City match in Group A, while Tran Thi Tam Hao beat Tran Thi Thanh Thanh of Tay Ninh 6-1, 6-1.
In Group B, Ho Chi Minh City’s Huynh Phuong Dai Trang defeated teammate Si Boi Ngoc 6-0, 6-1, while Nguyen Ai Ngoc Van from Ho Chi Minh City won 6-1, 6-0 over Le Thi Thanh Thuy of Kien Giang.-VNA