2008 Champion Tien Minh Nguyen defended his title successfully with a three set victory over fourth seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia. The 55-minute encounter started with the Vietnamese top seed sail to a one game lead with a 21-7 win in the opener.

The Malaysian rallied to take the second game 21-19, setting up a tense third set. It was Nguyen who took the final game, with a 21-14 victory to retain his Vietnam GP title. In the other finals, Flandy Limpele and partner Cheng Wen Hsing took the mixed doubles title, defeating top seeded Malaysia couple Goh and Chan in two games.

Top seeded Agustine and Wahyuni take the women’s double title after defeating second seeded Thai pair Munkit and Amitrapai in two games. Fransisca Ratnasari, seeded fifth takes the Women’s singles title after winning Tai Tzu Ying in a three set, 62-minute encounter.

The last match was the men’s doubles, 7th seeded Hadiyanto and Riyadi defeated Malaysian pair Hoon and Ong in two tight games to win the title.

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Four seeds remain in the Men’s singles, but second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono was a casualty in the quarterfinals after losing out in two games to Tommy Sugiarto 21-16, 21-18. Sugiarto plays Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the semi finals.

Tien Minh Nguyen was in quarterfinal action against seventh seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand. Both had come through tough third round games last night but it was Nguyen who came out on top in the quarterfinal match, defeating Vilailak 21-14, 21-8. He sets up a semi final meeting with 9th seeded Indonesian Andreas Adityawarman. The Indonesian took out the last unseeded player, Chu Han Chou 21-16, 21-12 in their quarterfinal match today.

Saturday’s semi final matches are dominated by Malaysia, with nine of the twenty remaining players and partnerships being from Malaysia. Vietnam has local interest in both the men’s and women’s draw and there is a Indonesian bulk to the draw also, with six Indonesian players or partnerships playing on Saturday.

Both men’s semi finals are expected third on their courts, with play beginning at 10am local time on Saturday.
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Tien Minh Nguyen survived a scare late this evening but still remains on course to retain his title after a three set victory over Daren Liew in a 70 minute epic, with Nguyen coming out on top 21-17 in the third set. The top seeds earlier match today was a routine two set victory over Fauzi Adnan in the morning.

Second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono also progressed to the last 8, surviving a scare in his round 3 encounter with Zi Liang Derek Wong, the Indonesian second seed eventually progressing 21-17 in the third set.

Seven of the eight players still in the draw are seeded in the top 10, only Chu Han Chou from Chinese Taipei remains in the draw that is unseeded.

Tomorrow begins the run towards the finals on Sunday; Tien Minh Nguyen plays 7th seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand in the quarterfinals. 2nd seed Andre Kurinawan Tedjono plays fellow Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in Saturday’s semi final.

Play resumes on Friday at 9am local time
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Tien Minh Nguyen night match with Arnold Setiadi brought in the local crowds who were expectant of a supreme performance from their local hero. The top seed duely delivered with a 21-9, 21-12 victory in just twenty minutes. Fauzi Adnan of Indonesia waits in Round 2.

Of the sixteen seeds in the men’s singles, all but two progressed. Sixth seed Pei Wee Chung of Malaysia was defeated Hoang Hai Nguyen 21-11, 21-12 in just under half an hour. The Nguyen name owned the limelight of the TV Court. 14th seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon also crashed out in Round 1, to Yogendran Krishnan of Malaysia in two sets, 21-12 and 21-11.

Flandy Limpele opened proceedings on the TV Court with a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 victory in the Mixed Doubles. In total just four seeds crashed out on the opening round of competition, tomorrow brings the prospect of two matches in a day for the singles players.

Tien Minh Nguyen is the first singles match on court for Thursday, scheduled for a 10am local start. Another match potentially at 7pm would be his third in under 24 hours. Second seed Tedjono of Indonesia sailed through his opening match 21-11, 21-10 in exactly 20 minutes. He plays his second round match at 12.30pm and another match potentially at 7.30pm.

It is set to be the survival of the fittest this week in Vietnam, play resumes at 9am on Thursday local time.
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Tien Minh Nguyen goes into his national open as the overwhelming favourite to clinch the title, after winning the 2009 Vietnam Challenge. He starts his campaign against American Arnold Setiadl on Wednesday.

Setiadi is one of only a handful of players not native to Asia playing in the event; Raj Popat of Wales is another playing this week. Second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono comes into the event with a Quarter Final appearance in the Chinese Taipei GP Event in August, an event that Nguyen won.

The men’s singles event as a whole attracted 77 entries, with 192 players in total playing over the 6 days of the event. There is local interested rife throughout the draw, with several local players being seeded.

Top seeded Men’s Doubles pairing Lee and Choong from Malaysia had a good run at the China Masters Super Series event last month, reach the semi final stage. Second seeds Chan and Chew from Malaysia crashed out early from the China Masters, losing to unseeded Li and Shen from China in Round 1.

Qualifying begins on Tuesday at 9am local time
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