Nguyễn Thùy Linh's French Open 2024 Journey Ends in Disappointment

Trang Napie

Sun Mar 10 2024

Nguyễn Thùy Linh
French Open 2024
Wen Chi Hsu

Vietnam's top female badminton player, Nguyễn Thùy Linh, faced a tough exit from the French Open 2024, losing to Wen Chi Hsu after a challenging match. Despite her previous successes, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle for her.

Nguyễn Thùy Linh had shown promise during the Danish Open 2023, where she defeated her Taiwanese opponent, embarking on a journey to break into the top 20 world rankings. However, her encounter with the 26-year-old rival, ranked 27th globally, at the French Open 2024 turned out differently. Despite a valiant effort, she lost in straight sets, bidding adieu to the Adidas Arena, the venue for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic badminton event.

Her struggles at the French Open mirrored her previous challenges. In the 2023 tournament, she was swiftly eliminated after facing Chen Yu Fei, the reigning Olympic women's singles champion from China. This year, despite her runner-up status at the German Open 2024, Nguyễn Thùy Linh's focus seemed affected by an unfortunate baggage mishap.

The psychological blow from the baggage incident likely drained her both mentally and physically, hampering her performance against Wen Chi Hsu. Starting the match on the back foot, Nguyễn Thùy Linh faltered early as her opponent surged ahead, leading to a first-game defeat at 16-21.

In the second game, despite some efforts to rally, Nguyễn Thùy Linh found herself struggling to keep up. Wen Chi Hsu capitalized on this, building a substantial lead and ultimately clinching the match at 21-12. This defeat marked the end of Nguyễn Thùy Linh's French Open campaign, as Wen Chi Hsu advanced to face world number one, An Se Young.

Nguyễn Thùy Linh's journey at the French Open 2024 may have ended sooner than expected, but her resilience and determination on the court continue to inspire fans and fellow players alike. As she regroups and prepares for future tournaments, she remains a formidable force in the world of badminton.