Source: News Bharati English27 Nov 2016 10:28:48
Victoria City, November 27: Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma went ahead to the finals in their respective at the Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships. While the Rio Olympic silver medalist Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan-yi 21-14, 21-16 in the semis, Sameer Verma eliminated Jan O Jorgensen by 21-19, 24-22.
P V Sindhu, the 10th ranked player defeated the 26th ranked opponent after being the favourite competitor in the match. In the first set, the Indian champ came up with five straight points. Ngan-yi who defeated Sania Nehwal in quarterfinal marathon on Friday, came back to put Sindhu in distress.
But despite the strategy, Sindhu went into the mid-game interval with a slender 11-10 lead and came out blasting smashes. Ngan-Yi tried to hang on with aggressive bodyline play but Sindhu brought out some soft cross-court drops to open up a lead and take the match.
The second game saw Ngan-yi show the same tenacity which helped her beat Saina Nehwal in a marathon quarterfinal on Friday. The 5’5” Ngan-Yi dug down deep and caused the lanky Sindhu some problems. The second game was a bitterly fought affair. Liang again enjoyed a better start, taking a 3-0 lead but Sindhu soon restored parity.
Sindhu was in trouble in the set as well with her opponent leading 14-7 at one stage. But Sindhu staged a superb fightback to win six back to back points and draw level at 15-15. With the momentum firmly behind her, Sindhu continued her resurgence to clinch the game and the match. The 21-year-old now take on Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, who ousted world No. 1 Carolina Marin in the first semifinal. Sindhu recently bagged the title of Chinese Open.
In men’s category, World No. 43 Sameer, eliminated Jan O Jorgensen by 2-0 and will fight against Hong Kong ‘s Ng Ka Long for the crown. Verma’s national ranking of men’s singles was 24th. He eliminated two Japanese players and Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia became the underdog of the competition.
In semi-final, he was faced world No.3 Jorgensen and his performance has surprised the spectators. Jorgensen made so many mistakes under Sameer’s speed and agility. Jorgensen has his speed and strength, and then adjust his tactics in the second game.
Unfortunately, he made mistakes again and lost by 22: 24. Sameer was excited when he won. He kneeled down and hugged his coach. Sameer is the Asian youth championship bronze medalist in 2012, he will fight against Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong for the gold tomorrow.