# Indian shuttlers to feature in men’s and women’s singles final
# Qualifier Sameer Verma stuns world No 3 Jorgensen
# Olympic silver medallist Sindhu reaches her second successive Superseries final
# All-Indonesia mixed doubles final
By Rizal Abdullah
Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying has done it again – defeating Olympic and world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the semi-finals of the USD350,000 Yonex Sunrise Hong Open Superseries on Saturday.
The 22-year-old who has inched her to No 3 in the latest world ranking list – her best in her badminton career so far – dumped the Spaniard 21-17, 14-21, 21-16 after a 68-minute battle at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
It is Tzu Ying’s second win in two weeks over Marin, having beaten her (21-10, 22-20) in the quarter-finals in the Thaihot China Open Superseries Premier in Fuzhou last week. The head to head count now stands 4-3 in favour of the Spaniard.
Tzu Ying will play India’s P.V. Sindhu in the final on Sunday. The Indian, who won the China Open last week for her maiden Superseries title,beat local hope Cheung Ngan Yi 21-14, 21-16. Sindhu won the silver medal in the recent Rio Olympics.
India’s Sameer Verma is also in line for his first Superseries title. The 22-year-old Sameer packed off third seed and last week’s China Open winner Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-19, 24-22 in 46 minutes.
Sameer will face Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long in the final. Ka Long outplayed his compatriot Hu Yun 21-19, 21-7 in an all-Hong Kong semi-final.
The men’s doubles final will see No 4 seeds Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen taking on Japan’s Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda. The Japanese upset No 2 seeds Chai Biao-Hong of China 21-15, 19-21, 21-17.
The Danish pair breezed past Indonesia’s new combination Mohammad Ahsan-Rian Agung Saputro in straight sets 21-18, 21-11.
Denmark’s No 3 seeds and Olympic silver medal winners Kamilla Rhytter Juhl-Christina Pedersen handed China’s new pair Bao Yixin-Yu Xiaohan a 21-13, 21-11 defeat for a place in the final.
The Danes will face China’s Huang Dongping-Li Yunhui who won 21-18, 22-20 in an all-China semi-final.
The mixed doubles will be an all-Indonesia affair. All-England champions and No 2 seeds Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto will face Olympic champion Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir – 21-13, 21-14 winners over Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.
Sameer Verma (Ind) beat Jan O Jorgsensen (Den) 21-19, 24-22
Angus Ng Ka Long (Hkg) beat Hu Yun (Hkg) 21-19, 21-7
Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) beat Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 21-15, 19-21, 21-17
Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) beat Mohammad Ahsan-Rian Agung Saputro (Ina) 21-18, 21-11
Tai Tzu Ying (Spn) beat Carolina Marin (Spn) 21-17, 14-21, 21-16
P.V. Sindhu (Ind) beat Cheung Ngan Yi (Hkg) 21-14, 21-16
Kamilla Rhytter Juhl-Christina Pedersen (Den) beat Bao Yixin-Yu Xiaohan (Chn) 21-13, 21-11
Huang Dongping-Li Yunhui (Chn) beat Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifah (Chn) 21-18, 22-20
Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina) beat Choi Solgyu-Chae Yoo-jung (Kor) 19-21, 21-18, 21-18
Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) beat Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Chn) 23-21, 21-14