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.
With a weak start, with a few casual errors, Verma lost the first game, in the finals, to the Hong Kong shuttler by 14-21. But with an outstanding comeback, the Indian shuttler turned the tables in the second game, and in a desperate attempt to draw level against the local favourite, Sameer Verma snatched win in the second game by 21-10. But Verma failed to replicate the performance he had shown in his previous games in the series and lost the final set to Ng Ka Long Angus , 11-21. And with crowds cheering for the local hero, Sameer Verma failed to win his maiden title at the Super Series.
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) November 27, 2016
Sameer Verma was the second Indian man shuttler to reach the finals in Hong Kong, after Prakash Padukone. In 1982, legendary Indian shuttler Prakash Padukone won the Super Series finals. Previously, Kidambi Srikanth was the first Indian man to win the China Open in 1024 and the Indian Open in 2015.
Ranked 14th in the world, NG Ka Long Angus was the first Hong Kong shuttler to win the local Super Series title in men’s single. This was also Angus’ maiden Super Series title.