Shuttler R M V Gurusaidutt was the lone bright spot in an otherwise disappointing day for the Indians at the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold here on Wednesday.
Gurusaidutt, seeded 11th, sealed his place in the third round of the men’s singles event after notching up a hard-fought 21-14 18-21 21-19 win over Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand in a match that lasted an hour and five minutes.
Ninth seeded Ajay Jayaram, however, failed to cross the second-round hurdle in the men’s singles event, going down to unseeded Dong Keun Lee of South Korea, 24-26 19-21 in 47 minutes.
India’s campaign also ended in the women’s singles category with upcoming shuttler Sarada Jasti losing to Yui Hashimoto of Japan 5-21 13-21 in the first round.
Gurusaidutt, after clinching the first game comfortably, had to fight for every point in the next game before losing it.
In the deciding game though, he proved his mettle as he came back from a 4-11 deficit to seal the game and the match in his favour.
The Indian will next take on the winner of the match between World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Prasojo Adi Andrianus.PTI