Wales’s Richard Vaughan won his quarter final match against World No9 Tien Minh Nguyen in a 70 minute 22-20, 8-21, 21-16 victory.
Nguyen stormed off in the first set leading 11-3 and controlling the net with his pace, Vaughan then changed tactics in order to get control the game by patiently playing out the rallies and forcing mistakes from Nguyen taking the opening set 22-20. In the second set Nguyen once again shot off to a 8-0 lead, some very close line calls then saw Nguyen go in to the break 11-1 up, Nguyen continued to hold the lead taking the set 21-8. In the third Vaughan came out a lot faster and controlled the mid court turning 11-7 up, and continued the same domination in the second half of the set winning the key points and talking the match 21-16.
Vaughan said “It was a great match to win especially as I had to continually fight back from behind.
Nguyen has beaten players like Olympic Champion Taufik Hidayat and many others top names this year, and he seemed to be in good form here in the opening rounds. It was also difficult playing the crowd with a heavy large Vietnamese/US population, and I am sure it will be the same tomorrow with Lee from Malaysia. It’s a bit of a one man show at the moment,
I am the player, coach, manger, and physio all wrapped in to one, it’s quite funny to be here with the other players who have everything supporting them. It adds to the challenge”
Vaughan now faces World No.14 Lee Tseun Seng of Malaysia in the semi final, the winner of which would surely be favourite for the final with all the seeds falling in the top half of the draw. Today’s win will likely increase Vaughan's world ranking further, and a win tomorrow would be huge on the rankings and for Olympic qualification.