When Angus Ng Ka-long takes on fellow teammate Hu Yun in the singles semi-finals at the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open this afternoon, it has already made history in Hong Kong badminton as no matter who wins, a home player in final has been guaranteed for the first time in the tournament’s 30-year history.
Head coach Tim He Yiming hailed this a tremendous success, saying they had gone through a lot of hard work before reaching this milestone.
“The men’s scene is very competitive in badminton and now we can see a Hong Kong player in the final in front of the home crowd, a great job accomplished,” said the coach.
“Ng is an up and coming star while Hu is a veteran and both players qualified for the Rio Olympics this summer. It’ll will an interesting game.”
Ng, 22, shot to prominence in the same tournament last year when he upstaged two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China and reached the last four. However, he could not go further against world number one Lee Chong-wei of Malaysia who went on to clinch the 2015 Hong Kong title.
Both Lee and Lin missed the tournament this year. The all-Hong Kong affair at the Coliseum in Hung Hom will be Ng’s fourth semi-final appearance this year and the youngster is determined to break the jinx.
Hong Kong also two other semi-finalists – Cheung Ngan-yi in the women’s singles where she will challenge Rio Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu, and the mixed doubles pair of Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet.