Vietnam Open 2006 Reported in Nhan Dan: Last updated: 17:36 - November 6, 2006 Strong field for Vietnam Badminton Open England’s Andrew Smith and Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit, who are ranked 15th and 26th in the world, will come to Ho Chi Minh City to compete in the Vietnam Badminton Open in mid-November, the organizers announced on Saturday. The Yonex-Sunrise Vietnam Open 2006 from November 15 to 19 will feature 122 players (81 men and 41 women) from England, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA and Vietnam, the organizing committee told a press conference. Ms. Huynh Ngoc Lien, vice chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Association, said Smith and Chan would be the first and second seeds in the men’s singles, while Vietnamese champion Nguyen Tien Minh, at present ranked 60th in the world, would be number three. In the women’s singles, both the first and second seeds, Julia Wong and Mudukasan Sutheaswari, hail from Malaysia. The US $30,000 tournament has attracted 53 entries in the men’s singles, 30 in the women’s singles, 24 in the men’s doubles, 13 in the women’s doubles and 19 in the mixed doubles. The venue is Phan Dinh Phung Stadium, 8 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3. The first three competition days will be for the qualifying matches, the fourth for the semi-finals, and the finals will be played on the last day.