Jayaram, Manjunath in Vietnam Semis

Shuttlers Ajay Manjunath progressed to the men’s singles semifinals of the $75,000 Vietnam Open super Tour 100 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday. Jayaram outwitted Canada’s Sheng Xiaodong 26-24, 21-17 and will next face seventh-seeded Japanese Yu Igarashi on Saturday. Manjunath saw off China’s Zhou Zeqi 17-21, 21-19, 21-11 in a 56-minute contest.

The 20-year-old will now face Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. Rituparna Das, however, lost to Thailand’s Phittaporn  Chaiwan 19-21, 14-21 in the women’s singles quarters. In the first game, Jayaram kept fighting and went ahead even as the Canada shuttler squandered game point opportunities twice. In the second game. Xiaodi Jayne led 7-3 but Jayaram turned the tables, leading 11-8 at the break and never looked back from there.




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