Kowloon: India had a strong presence in the men's singles field at the Hong Kong Open Super series but only male shuttler has managed to make it through to the last 4.
Sameer Verma claimed his first Super Series semi-finals berth after registering a 21-17, 23-21 win over Malaysia's Chong Wei Feng in the quarterfinals on Friday.
He will next take on Denmark's third-seeded Jan O Jorgensen in the semifinals. It will be a momentous occasion for the 22 year-old, as he would be making his maiden appearance in the semifinal of a Super Series event. He had previously defeated Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 19-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the pre-quarters.
Sameer Verma is the reigning Senior National Badminton champion in India and his progress is there for everyone to see. Verma, who is currently ranked 43rd in the world, will have his task cut out when he takes on the in-form Dane who won the China Open Super Series title earlier this month.
While there was joy for Verma, compatriot Ajay Jayaram wasn't that lucky as he bowed out in the quarter-finals after a 15-21, 14-21 loss to Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long.