Top seed Son through to Korea Open semis

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT - - AFP

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

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