Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and B Sai Praneeth progressed to the men's singles second round of the Korea Open in what ended up being a blended day for India at the USD 600,000 Super Series badminton competition here today. While Jayaram and Praneeth crossed the opening obstacle, K Srikanth, P Kashyap, H S Prannoy and Tanvi Lad contended similarly energetically in overwhelming three-set diversions before bowing out of the competition here.
Jayaram, who turned 29 today, commended his birthday with a 23 21-18 win over Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin in a 45-minute fight. The Mumbai shuttler, who had lost to Jin at the Malaysia Masters a year ago, will next face China's Huang Yuxiang. Praneeth excessively pushed out Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen-hao 21-13 12 21-15 in another match that last over 60 minutes.
He will next go up against Korea's Son Wan Ho, seeded 6th. Notwithstanding, Rio Olympics quarterfinalist Srikanth, seeded eighth, endured a thin 10-21 24-22 17-21 rout against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, while Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, who played three-amusement coordinates yesterday, dispensed another eminent battle before losing 22-20 10-21 13-21 to fourth seeded Chinese Tian Houwei, who had completed as runners-up at All England Championship.
Swiss Open champion Prannoy likewise attempted his best yet his endeavors didn't fructify as he lost 23-21 17-21 15-21 to Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei in the opening round. The main rival at ladies' singles, Tanvi Lad likewise demonstrated the stomach to battle before going down 18 21-13 18-21 to Denmark's Anna Thea Madsen.