Asian Badminton Championship 2017: Sindhu & Jayaram sail through to the second round; others ousted


India no. 1 Ajay Jayaram lived upto the expectations to upset 5th seed and world no. 9 Tian Houwei of China 21-18 18-21 21-19 in a grueling 1 hour and 10 minutes first round encouter.

Considering that Houwei had come to this tournament on the back of winning the China Masters last Sunday, this was indeed a great result by Jayaram. He next faces the World No. 32 Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei.

PV Sindhu, who is eyeing the Asian title, sailed into the second round with an easy win over Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-8 21-18 in just 31 minutes. World no. 3 Sindhu takes on World no. 15 Aya Ohori of Japan tomorrow.

Apart from these two, no other Indian managed to cross first hurdle.

Saina Nehwal was upset by Sayaka Sato of Japan 19-21 21-16 21-18.

HS Prannoy lost to 8th seed NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong 16-21 21-13 19-21. All the doubles teams lost too.

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