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Vietnamese female badminton player happy despite Olympic elimination

By Lam Thoa, Xuan Binh   July 27, 2021 | 11:15 pm PT
Vietnamese female badminton player happy despite Olympic elimination
Nguyen Thuy Linh in an Olympic badminton match against Sabrina Jaquet on July 28, 2021. Photo by AFP.
Nguyen Thuy Linh said goodbye to the Tokyo Olympics after beating Swiss player Sabrina Jaquet on Wednesday morning.

Linh dominated and quickly ended the first set with a score of 21-8. In the second set, there was some resistance from Jaquet as both players went back and fourth. But eventually, Linh won 21-17 to score the overall 2-0 victory.

Although this is her second win in group P, Linh was still eliminated. She peaked second in the group with two wins and one loss, below world number one, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, who got three wins. Only the top player of the group will advance.

"I feel really happy. After three games in the Olympics, I have learned a lot. This is a chance for me to improve myself. The game with world number one Tai Tzu Ying gave me confidence to face top players in future," Linh said after the game.

In group P, Linh defeated two higher ranked players, Qi Xuefei from France and Jaquet. However, she lost to Tai and couldn't claim first place to advance.

"I would have had a higher chance to advance if I didn"t face the world number one. But I believe I played well in that game. I will keep moving forward. This is a great motivation for me to train harder," Linh said.

Nguyen Thuy Linh competes in the Tokyo Olympics, July 28, 2021.

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