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Third home title for Tien Minh

Top seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam won his home crown for the third time in four years when he defeated Sho Sasaki in the men’s singles final at the US$50,000 Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Phan Dinh Phung Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.

Durkin-Vislova (NR)Tien Minh, who had won this tournament in 2008 and 2009, avenged his US Open final loss with a straight forward 21-13, 21-17 victory, to keep up his record of winning all his matches in this year’s event in straight games.

The second seeded Japanese, who was looking for this third title of the year after also winning in Australia earlier this year, had clearly not recovered from his hard-fought semi-final against India’s Ajay Jayaram.

Tien Minh’s victory was a definite confidence booster ahead of the SEA Games in Indonesian later this year, where the Vietnamese will attempt to win his first singles gold medal.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Vitali Durkin-Nina Vislova (left), captured the mixed doubles crown to ensure Europe ended the tournament with at least one title.

The third seeded Durkin-Vislova, who had knocked out top seeds Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo on Saturday, was simply too good for unseeded South Koreans South Korea’s Chung Eui Seok-Yoo Hyun Young.

The more experienced Russians used their court craft to move the shuttle to all four corners before moving in for the kill.

In the end, they carved out a 21-16, 21-13 victory in 35 minutes.

Kaori Imabeppu 02Meanwhile, Indonesia went home with two titles while Singapore, who had a chance to win three, ended with just one.

In the women’s singles, Fu Mingtian gave Singapore their lone gold medal when she outplayed Japan’s Kaori Imabeppu in three games.

She took the first game 21-18 but Imabeppu then turned the tables on her opponent to take the second 21-16. However, she ran out of steam in the decider and lost 21-8 to end the 67-minute contest.

Singapore’s luck ran out in the doubles competition, however, when Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Chayut Triyachart and Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei lost the men’s and women’s doubles finals respectively.

The second seeded Shinta-Yao Lei suffered a surprise loss to fifth seeds Anneka Feinya Agustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari of Indonesia who scored a 23-21, 26-24 victory.

The unseeded Danny-Chayut, meanwhile, nearly pulled off an upset when they took fifth seeds Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra the distance before losing 21-12, 16-21, 21-19.

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