Top seed Son through to Korea Open semis
HONG KONG: World number one Son Wan-Ho edged through to the semi-finals of the Korea Open on Friday, after pulling off a comeback against his unseeded 23-year-old opponent.
The South Korean, playing in front of a home crowd, went down 20-22 in a seesawing first game before regaining his nerve against India’s Sameer Verma to level the match after clinching the second game 21-10.
Son’s trademark attritional style of play appeared to wear down his younger opponent, with the top seed taking the third game 21-13 to advance to his third Superseries semi-final of the year after just over an hour on court.
The Korean shuttler reached the semis of the World Championships in Scotland last month before going down to Chinese super star Lin Dan.
In the women’s singles, India’s Pusarla V Sindhu made it through to her second Superseries semifinal of the year after overcoming Japan’s Minatsu Mitani 21-19, 16-21, 21-10 in the quarter-finals Friday.
The fifth seed was not at her best but her opponent failed to capitalise with both players making errors.
Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, advanced to the finals of the World Championships after knocking out China’s Chen Yufei in Glasgow in August, before losing to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.
Sindhu is due to face the winner of the match between China’s He Bingjiao and South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in the semis on Saturday.
South Korea’s Son Wan Ho returns against China’s Lin Dan during their semi-final men’s singles match during the 2017 BWF World Championships of badminton at Emirates Arena in Glasgow. - AFP photo