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||39 (November 1, 2016)|
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 2013
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. Minh had been awarded the Order of Labor, 3rd class in 2011, also for his achievements and excellency in the field of sports.
He opened a sports apparel and equipment store named Tien Minh Shop in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2016.
BWF World Championships
|2013||Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China||Lin Dan||17-21, 15-21||Bronze|
Southeast Asian Games
|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 Prix
|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 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 International Challenge/Series
|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|
|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 players
Nguyễn Tiến Minh's record against players who have been ranked world no. 5 or higher is as follows:
|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||5||1–4||20%||Lost (17–21, 8–21) at 2014 China Open 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|
|Taufik Hidayat||6||1–5||17%||Lost (21–10, 7–21, 9-21) at 2013 Malaysia Super Series First Round|
|Kento Momota||4||3–1||75%||Lost (15–10, 16–21) at 2015 BWF World Championships Third 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|
|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|
|Srikanth Kidambi||3||1–2||33%||Lost (18–21, 21–19, 14-21) at 2015 Singapore Super Series First Round|
|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|
|Shon Wan-ho||6||3–3||50%||Lost (17–21, 16–21) at 2014 Malaysia Super Series Premier First Round|
|Viktor Axelsen||1||0–1||0%||Lost (16–21, 17–21) at 2014 BWF World Championships Third Round|
|Number 5 ranked players|
|Chou Tien-chen||5||3–2||60%||Lost (12–21, 14–21) at 2015 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold Third Round|
- * Statistics correct as of 19 March 2017[update].
- BWF World Ranking
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