Shuttlers Jayaram, Sai, Pawar in 3rd round of Canada Open

Calgary, June 25 (IANS) Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth and Anand Pawar reached the men’s singles third round at the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix with straight games wins in their respective second round matches here.

Tanvi Lad in women’s singles and Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy, who on Thursday achieved their career-best men’s doubles ranking at No.24, also won their respective openers to advance to Round 2 on Wednesday at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Ninth seed Jayaram defeated China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 21-16 in 34 minutes and will next take on Wisnu Yuli Prasetyo of Indonesia. Tenth seed Sai defeated Czech Jan Frohlich in 21-14, 21-16 in 28 minutes and will face Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne for a place in the quarters.

Mumbai’s Pawar, who is seeded 11th, also overcame another Chinese as he beat Zhu Siyuan 21-17, 21-16 in 33 minutes to set up a clash against Chinese second seed Xue Song.

In women’s singles competition, Tanvi defeated American Jamie Subandhi 21-11, 21-14 in just under half an hour and will go up against Canadian third seed Michelle Li for a place in the quarters.

Fourth seeds Manu and Sumeeth played brilliantly to defeat local pair Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng 21-12, 15-21, 21-12 in 43 minutes to set up a clash against qualifiers from Chinese Taipei, Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee in the second round.

Meanwhile, P.C. Thulasi was ousted from the women’s singles first round by Yui Hashimoto as the Japanese won 21-8, 21-11 in 33 minutes.

Canadian pair of Phillipe Charron and Toby Ng also took care of K. Dilshad and Tarun Kona in the men’s doubles opener, winning 14-21, 21-12, 21-17 in 33 minutes.

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