Badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh. Photo: VNA

National hopeful Nguyen Tien Minh advanced to the third round of the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open's men's singles in HCM City on August 26.

Minh, seeded No 7 here, won 22-20, 21-15 over Thai representative Kantawat Leelavechabutr in nearly an hour at the Nguyen Du Stadium.

Minh, the former world No 6, will next face No 10, Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia.

In their four previous meets, Minh won three and lost one.

In the women's singles, top Vietnamese female badminton player Vu Thi Trang lost to Ongbumrungphan Busanan of Thailand in the first round match.

The Thai player, world No 17 and the tournament's No 1 seed, beat Trang 21-9, 14-21, 21-18 in 58 minutes.

The annual tournament, which will last until August 30, attracts more than 300 players from around the world and they will compete in five events: the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.-VNA