India's Sameer Verma goes down fighting in maiden Superseries final

  • India's Sameer Verma goes down fighting in maiden Superseries final

India's Sameer Verma goes down fighting in maiden Superseries final

Sameer put up a hard fight but eventually lost the final 14-21, 21-10, 11-21. The second game began in a similar fashion to the first. After a few marvelous shots from both the players, the game reached a tie at 21-21, extending the play to 23. The battling 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 victory, after saving a clutch of match-points against her, was a very significant step in the Indian's progress towards the upper echelons of the BWF ladder.

However, Sindhu did not let Tzu Ying to simply run away and went neck-and-neck till 10-10.

The exchanges from here on saw the opponents neck-to-neck and playing to their strengths - Tai engaging in her crafty play, and Sindhu banking on her sizzling smashes. The beginning of the game seemed to move a bit too slowly.

Her triumph in the Hong Kong Open marked her second superseries win of the season after clinching the Indonesia Open title in June. The second game seemed to have brought out the best in the 21-year-old.

In a match which lasted for 46 minutes, the Rio Olympics silver medallist outplayed Cheung 21-14, 21-16.

The Final was quite heartbreaking for both the China Open victor and her fans. Sindhu took a four point advantage at the start to lead 7-3. Tai cruised through the first game with relative ease, remaining cool as she controlled the contest's tempo and placement of the shuttlecock.

The fear that she can trick you never goes away, never mind what happened in the last meeting, and that can play havoc on a circumspect day. However, the Indian could not maintain her momentum leading to unforced errors putting her on the back-foot. The World No.3, who had lost to Sindhu in the Rio Olympics, exacted sweet revenge and continued her climb up the rankings ladder.

After a promising entry into the finals, and being the first Indian man, in 24 years, to reach the final stage of the Hong Kong Super Series, Sameer Verma, today lost to the local favourite Ng Ka Long 14-21, 21-10, 11-21.

This was Verma's maiden appearance at a Super Series final.

In the men's finals, World No-43 Sameer Verma couldn't handle the local shuttler Angus though he had led 2-0 in their head-to-head record.

With the results turning to a positive now, a lot can be expected from India's badminton stars.

Sindhu was thrown the toughest of challenges at the end of this fortnight - a player who she couldn't command into following her pace or aggression.