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Saina, Jayaram move ahead in Malaysia Masters

Saina, Jayaram move ahead in Malaysia Masters
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Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram reached the prequarterfinals of the seasonopening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold after notching up contrasting wins in women\'s and men\'s singles competition respectively here today.

Sarawak: Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram reached the prequarterfinals of the seasonopening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold after notching up contrasting wins in women's and men's singles competition respectively here today.

Top seed Saina, who is desperatley looking for a win to boost her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery which derailed her Rio Olympics campaign lat year, spanked Thailand's Chasinee Korepap 219 218 in a lopsided contest.

The 26yearold Indian, who clinched the Australian Open last year before injuring her knee just ahead of the Olympics, will face Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini next.

Sixth seed Jayaram, who has been in good form at the Premier badminton League, eked out a 2110 1721 2114 win over Malaysia's Jun Hao Leong in the opening round before mauling Indonesia's Saputra Vicky Angga 219 2112 in the second match.

The World No. 19 Indian will next meet Chinese Taipei's Hsueh Hsuan Yi.

Unheraleded Hemanth M Gowda, meanwhile, suffered a 521 1921 loss against ChunWei Chen of Chinese Taipei in another men's singles competition.

In mixed doubles, newlyformed pair of Manu Attri and Jwala Gutta defeated Indonesian combo of Lukhi Apri Nugroho and Ririn Amelia 2119 2118, while women's doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant saw off Indonesian combo of Aghisna Fathkul Laili and Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella 2110 2111.

Prajakta along with her Malaysian partner Yogendran Khrishnan also reached the next round of mixed doubles after defeating Hong Kong's Hee Chun Mak and Yeung Nga Ting 2114 2220.

However, B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a 1721 1721 loss against sixth seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia.

KP Sruthi and Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan also lost 921 1321 to Malaysian pair of Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo, while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha K also suffered a 1021 1421 loss to Hong Kong combo of Tam Chun Hei and Ng Tsz Yau.

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