Hu Yun, who is 1.80 m in height and very fast, had trounced Tien Minh in the latest 3 facing times.
In the first set, Tien Minh lost most of his points until 15-19 checking time. Hu Yun then expected to end the set soon, but showed weakening swings. Finally, Tien Minh went to 20-20 due, and 24-22 score.
Meanwhile, Hu Yun was injured in the second set, having some troubles in mobility, thus leading to the win for Vietnamese athlete with 4-0, 7-1, and 11-4. His rival has unexpectedly quit his game.
This is the fourth win of Tien Minh in the total 8 times facing with the world’s 11th, and former world’s 4th player.
Tien Minh’s win helped him to improve his ranking at the BWF ranking next week. His rival in the second round is the world’s 127th Jong Soo Hwang from the host Korea, who had surprised everyone to trounce UK rival Rajiv Ouseph (world’s 19th)./.