Kowloon: After three straight first round exits, Sameer Verma improved at the Bitburger Badminton Open to reach the semi-finals. Three weeks later, he’s gone one step better and reached the final of the Hong Kong Open Superseries. And in the process, he created a massive upset to beat Jan O’Jorgensen in the semi-final.
To add to his glorious moment, Sameer would come from being down and out to win both the games against the Dane. In the end, he won 21-19, 24-22 against the World No 3.
Verma, on the other hand, went down 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 to local favourite Ng Ka Long Angus in a contest which lasted 50 minutes.
Now, he faces 22-year-old local player NG Ka Long Angus in the final and would need to circumvent another opponent if he is to win the title – home crowd. In the men’s singles summit clash, Verma continued to show that he had the heart for a fight but that was just not enough against Angus even though the Indian led 2-0 in their head-to-head record.
Up against the local favourite, Verma was slow off the tracks and lost the first game in just 15 minutes. However, he roared back in the next game with some fine strokes from the baseline. Angus was distinctly sluggish in this game and conceded a 10-19 lead. Verma did not take his foot off the pedal and drew level to take the match into the third game.
However, the pendulum swung the other way in the decider and it was Angus’ turn to raise his game. With a partisan crowd firmly behind him, Angus opened a 7-3 lead.
The gap kept widening as the match progressed and although Verma tried his best to claw back, Angus had the last laugh courtesy his better all-round game. This was Verma’s maiden appearance in a Super Series final.