VietNamNet Bridge – He may have amassed a collection of international titles, but Viet Nam's top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is still missing a men's singles gold from the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The biennial tournament, the largest in the region, is approaching, and the world No 8 is expected to produce something special as top seed.
The door for Minh is wide open because his main rivals will be occupied at the Super Series Finals for the top eight players in the world that will be held in Malaysia at the same time. Southeast Asian players in the top 8, including world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, No 5 Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and No 7 Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand plan to skip the Myanmar Games to focus on the year-end tournament.
Minh's main opponents will be world No 12 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, No 13 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and No 16 Wei Feng Chong from Malaysia.