Indonesia Grand Prix Gold: Ajay Jayaram only Indian to reach quarter-finals
Ajay Jayaram emerged as the only Indian shuttler to make the quarterfinals of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold, beating compatriot Parupalli Kashyap and local lad Reksy Aureza Megananda in Indonesia on Thursday.
Balikpapan, Indonesia: Ajay Jayaram emerged as the only Indian shuttler to make the quarterfinals of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold, beating compatriot Parupalli Kashyap and local lad Reksy Aureza Megananda in Indonesia on Thursday.
The third seeded Jayaram notched up a convincing 21-7 21-12 win over comeback-man Kashyap in his second round match and then rallied to get the better of Megananda 18-21 21-12 21-19 to enter the quarterfinals of the tournament at the Dome Stadium.
Besides Kashyap, H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth were the other Indian shuttlers whose campaign ended on the day.
While Sai Praneeth lost to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-14 21-13 after winning his second round match against Kantaphon Wangcharoen, also from Thailand, 18-21 21-14 21-15, Prannoy defeated Joo Ven Soong of Malaysia 21-17 21-9 before going down 19-21 21-19 23-21 to China's Huang Yuxiang, seeded 12th in the tournament.
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Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth win in straight sets, Carolina Marin through to second round
Saina got the better of Selvaduray Kisona of Malaysia 21-15, 21-15 in the women's singles opening round to set up a clash with Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments played in a bio-secure 'bubble' in Bangkok as badminton resumes after a coronavirus-ravaged 2020.
The Indian duo will be quarantined in a hospital in the Thai capital for 10 days, in accordance with local rules. Saina's husband and fellow player Parupalli Kashyap too has been taken to hospital, but his results are awaited.