Angus Ng wins historic gold at Hong Kong Open
Despite ranking almost 30 spots higher than his opponent in the BWF World Rankings, there were still uncertainties for Ng, as the World No.14 recalled he was twice defeated by Sameer, at the Asian Youth Championship in 2012, and the World Youth Championship in 2011.
It was not to be the case this time. Fighting for his maiden Super Series title at home, the local crowds certainly lifted Ng Ka-long with some electric cheers, as the Hong Kong Olympic representative stormed to a six-point lead early in the opening game. Sameer managed to close the gap midway through, trailing only 12:13 at one point. His efforts were in vain, as Ng finished strong with five straight points to take the first game 21:14.
The World No.43 took the initiative in the following game, suppressing the fans' favorite on all fronts. Sameer stormed to a landslide victory, outscoring Angus Ng 21:10 to even the score.
Onto the deciding game, fans began to cheer for both players regarding their outstanding performance. Ka-long started the final game strong, scoring three points on the run, before extending his lead to 16:7. Dusts were settled soon enough, as the home favorite took the third game 21:11 to clinch the title. Not only did the 22-year-old became the first ever local Men's Singles Champion in 28 years history of the Hong Kong Open, this was also his first Super Series title.
From trumping China's Lin Dan a year ago before crashing out in the semi-finals, Ng Ka-long also experienced the baptism of fire at the Rio Olympics, prior to finally clinching the historic gold at the Hong Kong Open this afternoon. "I felt nervous during the game because he had defeated me previously. Victory today proved how far I had come forward over the past four years," said an overwhelming Ng, who erupted a deafening roar upon winning the Championship point. "People asked if I prefer the Hong Kong Open, or the All England Championship, it will always be Hong Kong for this is my home ground, because winning before my family and friends mattered most," he added. Speaking of his upcoming target, Angus replied a final four spot at the Year-end tournament in Dubai would be his endeavor.
Having advanced to the semi-finals for three events (Men's & Women's Singles, Mixed Doubles) at the Hong Kong Open, this is the most fruitful year for the Hong Kong Team. Ng Ka-long's gold medal at the Men's Singles is also the first gold for Hong Kong since Wang Chen was crowned the Women's Singles Champion back in 2008.