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Jayaram outmuscles Kashyap


India’s Ajay Jayaram trounced compatriot P. Kashyap in straight games to progress to the third round of the Indonesia Grand Prix Gold badminton here on Wednesday.

Third seed Jayaram won 21-7, 21-12 in a lopsided 27-minute contest. Kashyap, whose Rio Olympics dream was derailed by a string of injuries, was playing in his first competitive tournament since March when he suffered a knee injury at the German Open.

H.S. Prannoy, the 2014 champion and the seventh seed, lost to Huang Yuxiang from China 21-19, 19-21, 21-23 in a gruelling pre-quarterfinal round that lasted 45 minutes. Earlier he was imperious in his second-round victory over Joo Ven Soong. He defeated his Malaysian opponent 21-17, 21-9.

B. Sai Praneeth also failed to reach the quarterfinals after suffering a 21-14, 21-13 defeat against fifth-seeded Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the third round. He earlier produced a spirited performance, bagging an 18-21, 21-14, 21-15 win over Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the second round.

The results: Men: Third round: Ajay Jayaram bt P. Kashyap 21-7, 21-12; Huang Yuxiang (Chn) bt H.S. Prannoy 21-19, 19-21, 21-23; Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) bt B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-13.

Second round: Sai Praneeth bt Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Tha) 18-21, 21-14, 21-15; Prannoy bt Joo Ven Soong 21-17, 21-9.

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