Praneeth, Jayaram, Pawar reach second round of Canada Open

Calgary (Canada): Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar reached the second round of the USD 50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix after notching up comfortable victories in the men's singles competition, here yesterday.

The 10th-seeded Sai Praneeth, who had reached the semifinals of US Open Grand Prix Gold, thrashed Scotland's Alistair Casey 21-11 21-17 to set up a meeting with Czech Republic's Jan Frohlich at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Ajay Jayaram, seeded ninth, defeated Chinese Taipei's Shih Kuei Chun 21-10 21-19. He will take on China's Huang Yuxiang next.

Mumbai-born Anand Pawar prevailed over USA's Nicholas Waller 21-9 21-10 to set up a clash with China's Zhu Siyuan.

However, it was curtains for RMV Gurusaidutt in the men's singles competition as he suffered a 9-21 14-21 loss to Shi Yuqi of China in a match that lasted 34-minutes.

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