Homegrown badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long has beaten Chinese superstar Lin Dan at the Hong Kong Open.
The 21-year-old Hong Kong player was little known until his shocking win over the two-time Olympic champion in two straight sets (21-9, 21-18) at the Hong Kong Stadium on Thursday, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Ng, who advanced to the quarter finals, was winner of the men’s doubles at the World Junior Championship representing Hong Kong in 2012.
It was Ng’s first meeting against the 32-year-old badminton maestro from the national team.
Ng said he was very pleased with the victory, adding that winning in front of the home crowd has been one of his fondest dreams.
Ng never expected to beat Lin, who has always been his idol in the sport.
He urged Hong Kong people to continue to support local athletes, just like what they did at the FIFA World Cup qualifier between Hong Kong and China.
Lin, on the other hand, said he did not perform well because of a thigh injury.
He said Ng played exceptionally well and was very fast.
“He is definitely one of the very outstanding and promising male singles players in the Hong Kong team,” Lin said. “And he’s a local!”
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