Hong Kong Open, Badminton Highlights: Sameer Verma goes down fighting in final

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Hong Kong Open, Badminton Highlights: Sameer Verma goes down fighting in final
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    Sameer Verma goes down fighting to Hong Kong's Ka long as he loses the final 21-16 21-10 21-11

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    Not looking good for Sameer Verma hwo trails 16-7 

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    Sameer Verma trails 11-4 at the mid-way interval in the third game. He needs to raise his game

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    Third game is underway and Ka Long is fighting back here. He leads 4-1

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    Sameer Verma fights back!

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    15-7! Sameer Verma is dictating terms in the second game. It's crucial that he drives this momentum home and win the second game

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    Sameer Verma has turned things around in style. He leads second game 11-5 in the second game

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    Second game has started and its 2-2 between Sameer Verma and Ka Long

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    Sameer Verma loses first game of the final 21-14 to Ka Long of Hong Kong. But there some good pieces of play from the Indian that gives him hope in the second game

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    Sameer Verma trailing 17-12, but some great play from the Indian so far

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    Sameer Verma trailing Ka Long Angus 13-9 in the first game. In the recent rallies, Verma has shown a lot more fight and it's a closer contest now

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    Sameer Verma's final is underway against Ka Long Angus and the Long leads 7-1 in the first game. Verma needs to fightback here

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    Sameer Verma's final is about to begin in Hong Kong

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    Sameer Verma's final in Hong Kong is now scheduled for 1:15 PM IST

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    Sameer Verma's final in the Hong Kong Super Series at 1:05 PM IST

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    PV Sindhu falls short in the final. She loses 21-15 21-17 to Tai Tzu Ying in the Hong Kong Super Series final

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    PV Sindhu hangs in there as she saves a match point to make it 17-20

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    PV Sindhu trails 16-18. She's down but not out yet

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    15-12 to Tai Tzu Ying now, who is playing her best badminton. Can PV Sindhu get her best game out now and take the final into a third game?

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    PV Sindhu leading 11-10 at the mid-way interval. Tai Tzu Ying with an overhit smash gives Sindhu the slender advantage. Can the Indian build on it now?

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    Brilliant game so far and PV Sindhu is battling it out in the final. She leads 8-7 in the second game

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    Second game is underway and PV Sindhu has build a 4-2 lead so far

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    PV Sindhu loses first game 21-15 to Tai Tzu Ying in the Hong Kong Open Super Series final. The opponent has been on her game so far, but SIndhu is known to fight back in big games. Big second game to follow

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    PV Sindhu staying in the game. She trails Tai Tzu Ying 19-14. Ying has been effortlessly dealing with Sindhu's smashes so far

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Preview: India's star shuttler PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma entered the finals of the men's and women's categories respectively at the Hong Kong Open on Saturday

Sindhu outplayed local girl Ngan Yi Cheung 21-14, 21-16 in her semi-final clash while Verma edged past Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark 21-19, 24-22 to enter his maiden Super Series final.

Sindhu, who had won the China Open recently, thus entered her second straight Super Series final. She dominated her Chinese opponent in the encounter which lasted for 46 minutes at the Hong Kong Coliseum-1.

The Olympic silver medallist started the proceedings with a 2-0 lead but soon she committed three consecutive net errors to concede a one-point advantage.

Hong Kong Open, Badminton Highlights: Sameer Verma goes down fighting in final

File photo of Sameer Verma. AFP

Both players battled hard to take the upper hand till the mid-game break, but the turning point came when Sindhu clinched seven straight points to take the first game in 18 minutes.

The second game saw a fight back from Cheung, but the 21-year-old Indian shuttler dominated right from the start. Sindhu took a four point advantage at the start to lead 7-3.

Soon Cheung changed her strategy and started counter attacking and as a result she managed to draw level at 7-7.

After the mid-game break, it was Sindhu who proved superior and clinched the match to sail into the final of the tournament.

She will now take on Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the summit clash on Sunday.

Earlier, Sameer Verma edged past Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to reach the final.

The Hyderabadi shuttler defeated third seeded Jorgensen 21-19, 24-22 in a contest which lasted around 45 minutes to enter his first Super Series final.

Verma started off on a good note by taking a 8-1 lead in the initial stages of the first game.

But Jorgensen soon found his rhythm and started counter-attacking, taking five straight points to reach 6-8.

Jorgensen dominated proceedings after the mid-game break, but Verma matched the pace of his opponent to take one point lead at 14-13.

Both players fought hard in the closing stages of the first game but it was Verma who managed to prevail and take the lead.

The second game saw the Denmark player outplaying Verma in every department of the game.

Right from the start, he dominated the Indian shuttler with some swift court movements and excellent net play.

But after the mid-game break, the 23-year-old Indian shuttler bounced back in style to level the scores at 12-12.

It was neck and neck till 17-18 with the Denmark player leading, but in the last three points, Verma managed to hold his nerve and clinched the game and the match.

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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2016 14:43:53 IST

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