Ajay Jayaram, who is seeded third in the tournament, cruised through the first two rounds. He defeated Mark Caljouw in the first round and then went on to defeat Fabian Roth in the second. Ajay then had to face Kasper Lehikoinen of Finland in the pre-quarters and won the match 21-14,21-13 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
Quarter finals proved to be a tough task for the Indian as he had to come up with his best game to defeat Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin. The final score line read 21-19, 18-21, 21-14. Ajay will now face Goh Soon Huat in the semi-finals.
Performance of Other Indians at Dutch Open Badminton
In the men’s singles category, RMV Gurusaidutt managed to reach the quarter-final before being knocked out. Gurusaidutt was seeded 9th for the tournament and was defeated by 12th seeded Raul Must 19-21, 21-14, 21-18.
Elsewhere, Sai Praneeth could only manage to reach the second round of the tournament as he was knocked out by Rasmus Fladberg. Anand Pawar, who was the other Indian player in the mix failed to clear the first round.
In the Women’s Singles Category, PC Thulasi reached the second round. However, her journey was put to rest by Chloe Magee of Ireland. India did not have much luck in the Doubles circuit except for Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy who won their first two matches.
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