Denmark Open: Shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy progress into second round; Sai Praneeth knocked out
Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy advanced to the second round but it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth in the men's singles opening round of the Denmark Open badminton tournament, in Odense.
Odense: Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy advanced to the second round but it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth in the men's singles opening round of the USD 700,000 Denmark Open badminton tournament, in Odense on Wednesday.
Jayaram, who had reached the finals at Dutch Open last week, notched up a 21-15 21-16 win over Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana. He will take on the winner of the match between Chinese qualifier Shi Yuqi and third seed and local favourite Jan O Jorgensen.
On his comeback trail after a spate of injuries, Prannoy registered a hard-fought 21-13 19-21 22-20 win over Malaysia's Wei Feng Chong in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes.
Swiss Open champion Prannoy will face the winner of the match between top seed Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and Hong Kong's Wei Nan.
However, B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the Canada Open in July, lost narrowly to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. His fight ended with a 17-21 21-19 15-21 loss to Saensomboonsuk.
In men's doubles, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered 10-21 19-21 loss to Denmark's Kim Aastrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
The 33-year-old Bhagat, the current world No 1, secured a 21-11, 21-16 win over Japan's Daisuke Fujihara in the first SL3 class semi-finals that lasted 36 minutes.
Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar
The 33-year-old Indian, who had contracted polio when he was four years old, showed great mental fortitude as he recovered from an eight-point deficit in the second game to come up trumps against his opponent.
The unseeded Suhas had lost to Mazur, who has won three gold medals in European Championships as well, in the qualifying group A match but the Indian made a tremendous effort in the final to challenge his World No 1 rival.