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Jayaram & two Indian doubles pairs in semifinal of Russia Open

Russia: Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a straight-game win over Malaysia's Wei Feng Chong to reach the semifinals of the Russian Open Grand Prix badminton tournament here today.

The third seeded Indian saw off Chong, seeded fifth, 21-15 21-13 to set up a clash with top seed Tommy Sugiarto in the men's singles competition.

Indian pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Prajakta Sawant prevailed over the French combine of Ronan Labar and Emilie Lefel, seeded fourth, 21-18 21-18 in mixed doubles category to reach the semifinals.

Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also reached the final four after getting a walkover from local pair of Andrej Ashmarin and Vitalij Durkin.

However, it was end of road for Tanvi Lad in women's singles after her gruelling battle against Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia ended with a 28-26 13-21 19-21 loss.

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