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Shuttlers Jayaram, Prannoy enter Canada Open third round

Ajay Jayaram of India hits a return to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2012 badminton tournament in New Delhi April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma (INDIA - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON) - RTR31927
Ajay Jayaram of India hits a return to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2012 badminton tournament in New Delhi April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma (INDIA - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON) - RTR31927

Calgary: Top-seed Ajay Jayaram progressed through to the third round of the Canada Open after edging past Martin Giuffrein the men’s singles event.

After suffering a first-game defeat, Jayaram rebounded strongly to register a 17-21, 21-17, 21-13 win over his Canadian opponent in a thrilling second-round contest that lasted for 54 minutes.

Second-seed H.S Prannoy also made it to the next round after a hard-fought battle against Sweden’s Mattias Borg 13-21, 21-11, 21-15 in another men’s singles match.

Meanwhile, fourth-seed B. Sai Praneeth also raced into the pre-qaurters after beating Chinese Taipei’s Kan Chao Yu 26-24, 21-16.

Jayaram and Prannoy will now lock horns with Austria’s David Obernosterer and Canadian B.R. Sankeerth respectively while Praneeth has set up a clash against Canada’s Wenchao Shi for a place in the semi-finals.(ANI)

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