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Sindhu, Ajay in Round II

New Delhi: Ajay Jayaram and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the men’s and women’s singles competition, respectively, after notching up contrasting victories in the Japan Super Series in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Jayaram, the world No. 29, thrashed Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore 21-14, 21-14, while Sindhu prevailed over Kaori Imabeppu 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 after a gruelling battle that lasted 57 minutes.

However, London Olympics quarter finalist P. Kashyap was not very lucky as he suffered a straight-game defeat to former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.

The seventh seed Indonesian beat Kashyap 21-18 21-18 in 48 minutes.

Kashyap blew a seven-point cushion after being ahead at 11-4 in the first game at one point, while in the second game, Taufik didn’t give the Indian any chance.

RMV Gurusaidutt also lost his opening match after going down to fourth seed Sho Sasaki of Japan 18-21 15-21 in the men’s singles competition.

Young shuttler Sai Praneeth B also lost his opening main draw match against Daren Liew, going down 21-17, 15-21, 20-22 to the Malaysian in an hour and five minutes.

Men’s doubles pair of Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu also failed to cross the first hurdle, losing 16-21 24-26 to fifth seeds Japanese duo of Naoki Kawamae and Shoji Sato.