Nguyễn Tiến Minh
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|Nguyễn Tiến Minh|
|Birth name||Nguyễn Tiến Minh|
February 12, 1983 |
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)|
|Highest ranking||5 (November, 2010; August 15, 2013)|
|Current ranking||8 (December 12, 2013)|
Introduced to badminton by his father at the early age of 10, Minh was immediately captivated by the sport and its graceful movements. 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 nation-wide 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 single category.
Nevertheless, despite all of Minh's painstaking endearment and awe-inspiring 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, endurance training, etc., 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 team mates.
Minh is portrayed by a common description in his home country, "the athlete with a herculean progress".
World Championship 2013
Minh came into the world championship seeded #7. Previously his 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 Abian. 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. Minh previously was awarded the Order of Labor, 3rd class in 2011, also for his achievements and excellency in the field of sports.
- Voted and awarded by the press as the Distinctive Athlete of Ho Chi Minh City in 2004
- Voted and awarded by the press as one of the Distinctive Athletes of Vietnam in 2004, 2007, and 2008
- Awarded with the Certificate of Satisfactory Progress by the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- National champion in the men's singles in 2002, 2004-2012.
- Bronze Medal for Men Single at Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013
Career finals (11 titles, 3 runner-ups)
|Outcome||Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|1||2014||US Open Grand Prix Gold||Chou Tien Chen||21-19 14-21 21-19|
|1||2013||US Open Grand Prix Gold||Wong Wing Ki||18-21 21-17 21-18|
|2||2013||Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold||Shon Wan-ho||21-19 9-21 18-21|
|1||2012||Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold||Chou Tien-chen||21-11 21-17|
|1||2012||Vietnam Open Grand Prix||Takuma Ueda||21-14 21-19|
|2||2012||Australia Open Grand Prix Gold||Jin Chen||11-21 12-21|
|2||2011||US Open Grand Prix Gold||Sho Sasaki||17-21 18-21|
|1||2011||Vietnam Open Grand Prix||Sho Sasaki||21-13 21-17|
|1||2010||Australia Open Grand Prix (*)||Krishnan Yogendran||21-14 21-11|
|1||2009||Vietnam Open Grand Prix||Chong Wei Feng||21–7, 19–21, 21–14|
|1||2009||Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold||Wong Choong Hann||21-11 21-14|
|1||2009||Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold||Boonsak Ponsana||21-16 21-13|
|1||2008||Vietnam Open Grand Prix||Chan Yan Kit||24-22 21-18|
- Grand Prix/Grand Prix Gold tournament
(*) The Australia Open tournament is not elevated to Gold status until 2011
Record Against Selected Opponents
Includes results from all competitions 2005–present.
- Yuhan Tan 1–0
- Chen Hong 0–2
- Lin Dan 0–4
- Bao Chunlai 2–4
- Du Pengyu 2–2
- Chen Jin 0–4
- Chen Long 1–3
- Chen Yu 1–0
- Wang Zhengming 3–0
- Hsieh Yu-Hsing 1–1
- Joachim Persson 2–0
- Kenneth Jonassen 0–1
- Jan Ø. Jørgensen 6–2
- Peter Gade 0–7
- Marc Zwiebler 5–0
- Hu Yun 4-5
- Parupalli Kashyap 3–4
- Sony Dwi Kuncoro 2–2
- Taufik Hidayat 1–5
- Simon Santoso 0–3
- Tommy Sugiarto 6–1
- Sho Sasaki 6–3
- Kenichi Tago 1–2
- Shon Seung-mo 0–1
- Park Sung-hwan 1–1
- Lee Hyun-il 2–0
- Shon Wan-ho 3–3
- Lee Chong Wei 1–11
- Liew Daren 5–0
- Wong Choong Hann 2–1
- Ronald Susilo 0–3
- Boonsak Ponsana 2–2