First time ever any Indian is in the men's singles final of the Hong Kong Open Superseries final!!!!!
SAMEER VERMA HAS UPSET THE CHINA OPEN CHAMPION TO MAKE HIS MAIDEN SUPERSERIES FINAL!!!!!!!
THIS IS SENSATIONAL FROM SAMEER AS HE WINS 21-19, 24-22
The Dane's shot is blocked by the net and we are back to 22-22
Sensational Sameer got to a match point at 21-20 but erred for 21-21
He forces The Great Dane into error again for 20-20 wow
Sameer putting up such a smart display by making the Dane move all over the court. It erased two game points from 17-20 to make it 19-20
Sameer showing excellent maturity by luring his illustrious rival to the backcourt and then finishes the shot with a backhand at the net. He is now 17-18
Jorgensen went up 14-13 with some superb body shots before Sameer came up with a powerful jump smash to get a point. However, he could not continue the momentum any more as the Dane has come back for 17-14
The crowd goes delirious with joy as Verma comes back for 12-12 and then even gets the lead for 13-12
The two-point gap continues with the Dane now leading 12-10.
Sameer took four consecutive points after the break to go as close as 9-11 as the Dane lost his sharpness.
Sameer went for full-throttle attack but missed the lines. Jorgensen is looking confident with an 11-5 lead at half-time.
The Danish No. 1 once again has regained the lead for 9-5
In an opposite of the first game, it is now Sameer's turn to make a comeback as the Dane keeps on erring. The Indian has made it 5-7.
Change of ends not proving to be good for the Indian. The Indian is struggling with the short points and the Dane is simply dictating the pace. Jorgensen jumps to 4-1
This is an inspired performance from Sameer!!!!!
A Haw-Eye challenge goes in favour of Sameer who TAKES THE FIRST GAME 21-19
But the Dane is making a comeback here and has closed in on 19-20
Much to the delight of the crowd, Sameer is putting up a mind-blowing display of defence and retrieval so much so that even Jorgensen's racquet got broken trying to keep up pace with him. Verma went up 18-17 and that rattled the Dane who lost four straight points to trail 17-20.
Sameer's retrieval skills are on point as the shuttle beautifully floats over the net to land on the line for 16-16
They are back to level at 14-14 after Sameer's Hawk-Eye challenge turned unsuccessful.
*13-11, not 14-11
The scene has changed since the match resumed after the break. It is now the third seed who has the upper hand and has taken three points in a row for 14-11
That could not deter Verma, who grabbed two quick points to take a slender lead of 11-10 at half-time.
There is a reason why Jorgensen is the World No. 3. He erased the huge deficit to even snatch the lead for the first time at 10-9
The third seed closed in to 6-8 but missed a crucial smash to trail 6-9.
Points are faster now and it is the Dane whose racquet is making most of the errors. Verma is now up 8-4
This is extremely impressive from Verma, who now leads 7-1
Great footwork from both players and the rallies continue to be hard-fought. Currently, Sameer is up 4-1 and receiving a lot of cheer from the crowd.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda Liveblog of the Hong Kong Open Superseries semi-finals. World No. 43 Sameer Verma is the only Indian remaining in the men's singles draw. Sameer has been in good form and this is his maiden semi-final at any Superseries event.
But the task ahead is challenging as he faces the third seed Jan O Jorgensen, who has come to Hong Kong with a rich vein of form, winning the China Open last Sunday. Suffice to say that the Dane is the hot favourite to win this match even though Sameer does have it in him to make this a tough contest.