Sameer Verma of India upset seed No.3 Jan O Jorgensen and will fight against Ng Ka Long tomorrow
Sameer Verma’s national ranking of mens singles was 24th. He eliminated 2 Japanese players and Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia became the underdog of the competition. In semi-final, he was facing world No.3 Jorgensen and his performance has surprised the spectators. Jorgensen made so much mistakes under Sameer’s speed and agility. Jorgensen has his speed and strength, then adjust his tactics in the second game. Unfortunately, He made mistakes again and lost by 22: 24. Sameer was excited when he wins. He knees down and hugs his coach. Sameer was the Asian youth championship bronze medalist in 2012, he will fight against Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong for the gold tomorrow.
Hong Kong player Cheung Ngan Yi lost to Rio Olympics silver medalist Pusarla V. Sindhu by 0:2. Sindhu will fight for her other gold after China Open. Cheung reached top 4 in 2 superseries, she said, ‘I have to improve my skills in handling backhands, Sindhu is full of confidence and I was too anxious and need my coach to remind me.’
The mixed doubles pair Tang Chun Man/ Tse Ying Yuet stopped at top 4 tonight. They were leading the Indonesian Tontowi Ahmad/ Ina Liliyana Natsir in the first game. However, the Indonesian chase back to a 21 deuce and took the game by 23: 21. In the second game, Hong Kong lost by 14: 21. Tang/ Tse said, ‘ we have fulfilled our goal and more than we expected. But we are lack of experience, we need more competition and practice.’
The finals of YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2016 will start at 1:30pm with kick-off ceremony of finals. Final matches will be held after the ceremony.