Irish badminton player Nhat Nguyen earns major victory at Thailand Open

Tokyo Olympian Nhat Nguyen won a decisive victory in a badminton world circuit event in Thailand.

Guyen beat Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus, who is ranked 21st in the world, to reach the last 16 of the Thailand Open BWF Tour Super 500 event earlier today.

On the last occasion the pair each faced the Dane comfortably winning 21-11, 21-11 at the 2021 European Championships.

Hans-Kristian was coming off a major victory last week where he helped Denmark beat China in the Thomas Cup final for the first time in 24 years.

Nguyen started well in the opener as Vittinghus struggled to find his rhythm. In the second game, the Dane looked to find his way back, however, Nguyen used everything he had to keep the match at fighting distance.

Nhat’s fighting spirit paid off as the Irishman remained solid when it came to the final points as Hans-Kristian made some crucial mistakes.

Nguyen took the second game 23-21 to advance to the last 16, where he will face No. 8 seed Srikanth Kidambi of India.

Srikanth was the hero last week as he guided India to beat Indonesia to win the Thomas Cup for the first time.

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