Two Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram had a contrasting day in the 2017 Badminton Asia Championships. While Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan to progress to the quarter-final her compatriot Jayaram bowed out of the tournament as he lost to Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao on Thursday.
Continuing her prime form, Sindhu outplayed the Japanese shuttler 21-14, 21-15 in a match that lasted 40 minutes at the Wuhan Sports Centre Gymnasium. On the other hand, Jayaram, who caused an upset by defeating fifth seed Tian Houwei 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 on Wednesday, was outplayed by Hao 19-21, 10-21 in the second round match. Also Read- PV Sindhu wins, Saina Nehwal bows out of Asian Badminton Championships
In a lop-sided women’s singles encounter, the world number three Sindhu continued her domination right from the start. She wrapped up the first game comfortably and in the second game the Hyderabadi shuttler showed much more intensity and discipline to outplay her opponent. Also Read: Saina Nehwal biopic: It’s confirmed, Shraddha Kapoor to essay the badminton champion’s role!
In a complete contrasting match, Jayaram never seemed comfortable against Hao. The Indian shuttler somehow managed to give a little fight but it was his opponent who proved superior and clinched the first game. The second game saw Jayaram giving up easy points. As a result, Hao took eight consecutive points and thus wrapped up the issue 10-21 in just 35 minutes of play.
With Jayaram out, Sindhu is now the lone Indian remaining in the tournament. (With inputs from IANS).