India’s PV Sindhu and Unseeded Sameer Verma Storms into Hong Kong Open Final
Continuing with her sensational form, Indian badminton ace and world no. 9 PV Sindhu stormed into women's singles finals of the Hong Kong Open on Saturday. The victory puts Sindhu on the brink of winning a second successive super series title in less than two weeks.
The Indian badminton ace put a dominant performance against the local favorite Cheung Ngan-yi, beating her in straight sets 21-14 21-16 in a match that lasted for nearly 46 minutes. Sindhu now faces Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying in Sunday's final.
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Sindhu, however, was not the only one to bring smiles on the faces of Indian badminton fans. India's unseeded Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to reach his maiden Super Series final.
Sameer showed tremendous grit to record hard fought 21-19 24-22 victory over Jorgensen. The 22-year-old athlete will now face local favorite Ng Ka Long Angus in the finals.
This is one of the rare instances when Indian players have reached the finals of both single women's and men's final of the same super series tournament. It clearly demonstrates that Indian badminton players have truly come of age, rising successfully from the shadows of Chinese players who have ruthlessly dominated the game.
Meanwhile, India's another badminton sensation, Saina Nehwal, failed to follow the footsteps of her teammate Sindhu in the Hong Kong Open. She bowed down in the quarter finals, after putting valiant performance in a heartbreaking 8-21, 21-18, 19-21 loss against Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi.