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Ajay, Prannoy enter Canada Open quarters

By The Assam Tribune

CALGARY (CANADA), July 1: Indian shuttlers continued their good run at the Canada Open with six singles players, including Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy, reaching the quarterfinals of the USD 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, here.

Top seed Ajay Jayaram brushed aside Austria�s David Obernosterer 21-10, 21-12 to set up a clash with fellow Indian Harsheel Dani, who defeated another India shuttler Pratul Joshi 21-9, 21-18 in a men�s singles match.

In another pre-quarterfinal match, second seed HS Prannoy recovered from a second game slump to eke out a hard-fought 21-18, 18-21, 21-12 win over Canada�s BR Sankeerth. He will face seventh seed Brice Leverdez of France next.

Fourth seed B Sai Praneeth, too, reached the quarterfinals after beating Canada�s Wenchao Shi 21-19, 21-12. He will face eighth seed Raul Must of Estonia, who ended the campaign of RMV Gurusaidutt, beating the Indian 21-12, 7-21, 21-17 in another match.

In women�s singles, 2015 National Champion Ruthvika Shivani Gadde edged past Austria�s Elisabeth Baldauf 24-22, 21-18 to set up a fight with fourth seeded Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria.

Senior Nationals runners-up, Tanvi Lad saw off USA�s Maya Chen 21-14, 21-15 to set up a meeting with another American Iris Wang, seeded third. � PTI

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