Nguyễn Thùy Linh’s Quest at Swiss Open 2024: A Battle for Olympic Points

Trang Napie

Wed Mar 27 2024

Swiss Open 2024
Nguyễn Thùy Linh
Olympic qualification
Super 300

The latest schedule of the Swiss Open 2024 brings the top Vietnamese female badminton player, Nguyễn Thùy Linh, to Basel, Switzerland. Competing in the prestigious Super 300 event held from March 19-24 with a total prize pool of $210,000, Nguyễn Thùy Linh aims to secure crucial points towards her Olympic qualification campaign for Paris 2024.

Currently positioned 16th in the race to Olympic Paris 2024, the badminton sensation from Đồng Nai province is trailing by approximately 5,000 points behind Yeo Jia Min of Singapore, who currently holds the 14th spot, the last seed for Olympic qualification. To catch up with the talent from the Lion City, Nguyễn Thùy Linh must reach at least the semi-finals of the women's singles event at the Swiss Open.

Despite the challenging competition at the Super 300 tournament in Switzerland, advancing deep into the tournament remains a feasible goal for Nguyễn Thùy Linh, albeit not an easy task. Notable women's singles seeds such as Carolina Marín, Ratchanok Intanon, and P. V. Sindhu have all experienced defeat at the hands of the Vietnamese 22nd-ranked player. However, opponents like Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo of Indonesia, who recently triumphed over Nguyễn Thùy Linh at the 2023 SEA Games, pose formidable challenges in the early rounds.

The men's singles draw features top seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia and other strong contenders like the Japanese trio, Kenta Nishimoto, Kanta Tsuneyama, and Koki Watanabe, as well as talents from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India.

As Nguyễn Thùy Linh embarks on her campaign at the Swiss Open 2024, her focus on overcoming tough opponents and accumulating crucial Olympic qualification points is paramount. While the road to the semi-finals and beyond is fraught with challenges, her determination and skill promise an exciting showdown in Basel.