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Sindhu, Praneeth, Ajay win at World Badminton Championships

Prime News, International Sports, Glasgow, August 23:-   Indians continued their good run at the World Badminton Championship with P V Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram registering straight game victories in singles events here Tuesday.

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who received a bye in the first round, advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition after defeating Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in the second round.

Sindhu, who twice won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions, notched up a 21-16 21-14 win over Kim in a 49-minute match, to extend her head-to-head record against the Korean to 4-1 in five meetings.

The 22-year-old will face either Russian’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya or Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi, 13th seed, in the next round.

Singapore Open champion Praneeth made a positive start to his campaign, registering a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan to reach the second round of men’s singles event.

The 25-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who is the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic and World Junior Championships boys’ singles bronze medallist.

Experienced shuttler Ajay Jayaram also produced a dominating performance to storm into the second round with a 21-14 21-12 win over Austria’s Luka Wraber. He will take on The Netherland’s Mark Caljouw next.

-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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