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Nguyễn Tiến Minh (born February 12, 1983) is a badminton player from Vietnam. His best achievement to date is a bronze medal at the World Championship in 2013.

Nguyễn Tiến Minh
Nguyen Tien Minh US Open Badminton 2011.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameNguyễn Tiến Minh
Country Vietnam
Born (1983-02-12) February 12, 1983 (age 36)
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking5 (December 2, 2010)
Current ranking55 (June 18, 2019[1])
BWF profile

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CareerEdit

Introduced to badminton by his father at the early age of 10, Minh was immediately captivated by the sport. The interest soon developed into a passion which led to Minh's crucial decision in 2001 when the athlete was 18 years old: to take on the path of becoming a professional badminton player instead of carrying on his education as his family wished. The young man's determination soon demonstrated its fruitful aspects when Minh was recruited into the national team in the same year. However, Minh's career did not become well known nationwide until 2002 when he, at the age of 19, defeated the long time national champion, Phu Cuong Nguyen, and won the gold medal for the men's singles category.

Nevertheless, despite Minh's quick progress, the badminton player was receiving a salary of less than 150 US dollars a month, as most Vietnamese athletes were at the time. After years of contributing to the nation's sport team, while his ranking has been progressing significantly and rapidly, Minh's income has only been increased by around 50 dollars. Vietnamese athletes, with incomes much higher than that of Minh's, normally have specially assigned specialists to look after their every aspect, such as diet, injuries, and endurance training, not to mention all the top ranking sporting facilities provided for by the government. On the other side of the scale, Minh has been trained in an environment with nothing but poor equipment and has to rely mostly on his family's financial support, the effort of his few coaches, and the contributions of his teammates.

Minh is portrayed by a common description in his home country, "the athlete with a herculean progress".

World Championship 2013Edit

Minh came into the world championship seeded #7. His previous best achievement at a world championship was to get to the quarter-final round at the 2011 championship in London, where he lost to Peter Gade of Denmark in three sets.

The first match was an easy affair (21-8 21-11) against the New Zealand player Joe Wu, who ranked 110.

The second match against the German Dieter Domke turned out to be quite tight. Minh started well, but then faded, and almost lost the first set. He was able to close out the set 24-22 though. Minh then won the second set 21-17.

In the next round, Minh played the Spaniard Pablo Abián. Minh lost the first set 15-21, but came back strongly and easily won the next two sets 21-9 21-10

The quarterfinal match between Minh and Jan O Jorgensen, rank #9, was a three-setter. Both players knew a lot was at stake here: the winner not only got to the semi-final, but would also be guaranteed a medal (the two losers in the semi-final both win bronze medals). That would be the first medal for both players at a world championship. Minh won in three set match (21-8, 17-21, 22-20). He became the first Vietnamese to win a medal at the world championship.

In the semi-final against Lin Dan, Minh lost 17-21 15-21. Despite the semi-final loss, the bronze medal was still a huge success for Tien Minh.

Immediately after the championship, Minh was nominated by the governmental sports authority of Vietnam (the TCTDTT - Bureau of Sports and Physical Activities) for an Order of Labor, 2nd class.[2] Minh had been awarded the Order of Labor, 3rd class in 2011, also for his achievements and excellency in the field of sports.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

He opened a sports apparel and equipment store named Tien Minh Shop in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2016.[4]

In December 2016, he officially got married to long-time girlfriend Vũ Thị Trang. Trang is also a badminton player and has been competing alongside Minh throughout many international tournaments.[5]

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China   Lin Dan 17-21, 15-21   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Kento Momota 18–21, 8–21   Bronze

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Jonatan Christie 11–21, 16–21   Bronze
2013 Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar   Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–13, 12–21, 20–22   Bronze
2007 Vongchavalitkul University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand   Taufik Hidayat 15–21, 21–14, 14–21   Bronze

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 U.S. Open   Chou Tien-chen 21–19, 14–21, 21–19   Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open   Son Wan-ho 21–19, 9–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2013 U.S. Open   Wong Wing Ki 18–21, 21–17, 21–18   Winner
2012 Chinese Taipei Open   Chou Tien-chen 21–11, 21–17   Winner
2012 Vietnam Open   Takuma Ueda 21–14, 21–19   Winner
2012 Australian Open   Chen Jin 11–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2011 Vietnam Open   Sho Sasaki 21–13, 21–17   Winner
2011 U.S. Open   Sho Sasaki 17–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2010 Australian Open   Krishnan Yogendran 21–14, 21–11   Winner
2009 Vietnam Open   Chong Wei Feng 21–7, 19–21, 21–14   Winner
2009 Chinese Taipei Open   Wong Choong Hann 21–11, 21–14   Winner
2009 Thailand Open   Boonsak Ponsana 21–16, 21–13   Winner
2008 Vietnam Open   Chan Yan Kit 24–22, 21–18   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Lagos International   Misha Zilberman 21–18, 25–23   Winner
2019 Waikato International   Gao Zhengze 14–21, 21–16, 21–17   Winner
2019 North Harbor International   Gao Zhengze 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2018 Iran Fajr International   Pham Cao Cuong 14–15, 11–13, 13–11, 7–11   Runner-up
2017 Vietnam International   Khosit Phetpradab 21–14, 21–17   Winner
2016 Vietnam International Series   Lim Chi Wing 21–14, 23–21   Winner
2016 Vietnam International   Wang Tzu-wei 22–20, 21–16   Winner
2016 Finnish Open   Kanta Tsuneyama 10–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2016 Waikato International   Shih Kuei-chun 21–23, 21–8, 21–8   Winner
2015 Sydney International   Zulfadli Zulkiffli 21–11, 21–12   Winner
2015 White Nights   Vladimir Malkov 16–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2014 Vietnam International   Tan Chun Seang 21–17, 21–13   Winner
2009 Vietnam International   Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2008 Vietnam International   Chong Wei Feng 21–17, 10–21, 26–24   Winner
2006 Vietnam Satellite   Jeffer Rosobin 21–17, 21–12   Winner
2004 Malaysia Satellite   Lee Tsuen Seng 15–11, 9–15, 15–12   Winner
2004 Vietnam Satellite   Ahn Hyun-suk 15–13, 9–15, 10–15   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

Record against top-5 playersEdit

Nguyễn Tiến Minh's record against players who have been ranked world no. 5 or higher is as follows:[6]

Player Matches Record Win% Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
  Lin Dan 7 0–7 0% Lost (7–21, 12–21) at Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Singles Group
  Lee Chong Wei 12 1–11 8% Lost (10–21, 5–21) at 2013 Japan Super Series Semifinal
  Chen Long 6 2–4 33% Won by walkover at 2019 Badminton Asia Championships Quarterfinal
  Viktor Axelsen 1 0–1 0% Lost (16–21, 17–21) at 2014 BWF World Championships Third Round
  Shon Wan-ho 6 3–4 43% Lost (17–21, 16–21) at 2014 Malaysia Super Series Premier First Round
  Kento Momota 6 3–3 75% Lost (18-21, 8-21) at 2019 Badminton Asia Championships Semifinal
  Srikanth Kidambi 3 1–2 33% Lost (18–21, 21–19, 14-21) at 2015 Singapore Super Series First Round
  Lee Hyun-il 2 2-0 100% Won (21-15, 15-21, 21-13) at 2011 Indonesia Super Series Premier First Round
Number 2 ranked players
  Peter Gade 7 0–7 0% Lost (21–17, 13–21) at 2011 BWF World Championships Quarterfinal
  Jan Ø. Jørgensen 8 6–2 75% Won (21–8, 17–21, 22-20) at 2013 BWF World Championships Quarterfinal
  Chen Jin 4 0–4 0% Lost (11–21, 12–21) at 2012 Australia Open Grand Prix Gold Final
  Bao Chunlai 6 2–4 33% Lost (11–21, 12–21) at 2011 Yonex OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold Quarterfinal
  Taufik Hidayat 6 1–5 17% Lost (21–10, 7–21, 9-21) at 2013 Malaysia Super Series First Round
Number 3 ranked players
  Simon Santoso 5 0–5 0% Lost (20–22, 21–15, 13-21) at 2015 Chinese Taipei Masters Grand Prix Second Round
  Chou Tien-chen 5 3-2 60% Lost (12–21, 14–21) at 2015 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold Third Round
  Du Pengyu 2 2–2 50% Lost (19–21, 15–21) at 2013 Indonesia Super Series Premier First Round
  Kenichi Tago 3 1–2 33% Lost (21–19, 10–21, 9-21) at 2012 Korea Open Super Series Premier First Round
  Tommy Sugiarto 7 6–1 85% Lost (22–20, 19–21, 15-21) at 2013 Singapore Super Series Semifinal
Number 4 ranked players
  Sony Dwi Kuncoro 4 2–2 50% Won (21–15, 28–26) at 2012 Vietnam Open Grand Prix Semifinal
  Boonsak Ponsana 5 3–2 60% Won (21–19, 21–19) at 2015 Mexico City Grand Prix Second Round
  Hu Yun 10 5–5 50% Won (22–20, 21–3) at 2015 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold Second Round
  Chou Tien-chen 5 3–2 60% Lost (12–21, 14–21) at 2015 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold Third Round
Number 5 ranked players

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BWF World Ranking
  2. ^ "Tiến Minh được đề nghị tặng Huân chương lao động hạng nhì". VNExpress (in Vietnamese). August 13, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Tiến Minh đón nhận Huân chương Lao động Hạng 3". Dân Trí (in Vietnamese). September 11, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Nguyễn Tiến Minh mở shop thể thao". Người Lao Động (in Vietnamese). March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Nguyễn, Đăng (December 26, 2016). "Cặp Tiến Minh – Vũ Thị Trang nên duyên vợ chồng". Zing News (in Vietnamese). Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ http://bwf.tournamentsoftware.com/profile/selectheadtohead.aspx?id=26791000-C115-4F98-A3F7-EC3A12D28386

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