Korea Open: Ajay Jayaram reaches quarter-finals, Sai Praneeth knocked out

PTI September 29, 2016 19:30:55 IST
Korea Open: Ajay Jayaram reaches quarter-finals, Sai Praneeth knocked out

Seoul: Ajay Jayaram emerged as the lone survivor at the Korea Open after notching up a convincing straight-game win over China's Huang Yuxiang to advance to the quarter-finals of men's singles of the Super Series event on Thursday.

World No 27 Indian, seeded ninth, defeated Huang 21-15 21-18 in a 40-minute battle. He had beaten him at the Canada Open last year.

Korea Open Ajay Jayaram reaches quarterfinals Sai Praneeth knocked out

File photo of Ajay Jayaram. AFP

Jayaram thus set up a clash with Korean Lee Hyun Il on Friday.

B Sai Praneeth however suffered a 9-21 15-21 loss to sixth seed Korean Son Wan Ho in a 34-minute match.

Jayaram and Huang got engaged in a fierce battle till 7-7. But the Indian soon broke off with five straight points to create a gulf which the Chinese could not breach and Jayaram pocketed the opening game.

In the second game, Jayaram dished out a dominating display to manage a 13-7 lead at one stage before the Chinese shuttler came back to narrow it down to 12-14. But Jayaram could hung on the slight edge and managed to stave off the challenge.

"I was winning comfortably. But got a bit close in the second. Quite happy with the way I played today. Was moving well and did well to mix my attack. A slightly nervous finish but delighted to pull through in the end and make it through to the quarters," Jayaram said.

"Up against Lee Hyun Il tomorrow. A difficult opponent to play against, but I'm feeling good and looking to keep up the momentum," he added.

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