Swiss Open: Jayaram stunned third seed Gemke; Sindhu, Srikanth in quarterfinals
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth has achieved contrasting victories to move into the quarterfinals whereas Ajay Jayaram shocks third seed Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 in the second round of the Swiss Open BWF Super-300 in Basel on Thursday. Sindhu defeated Iris Wang of USA 21-13, 21-14 and Srikanth fought back after losing the second game to beat Thomas Roouxel of France 21-10, 14-21, 21-14.
Mixed doubles pair of Satwiksai Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa continued their brilliant run with an impressive win against Indonesia’s Rinov RIvaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari (21-18, 21-16) in the second round.
Jayaram, world NO. 60 took one hour six minutes to get past world No. 12 Rasmus. Jayaram won the first game and lost in second. In third game from 11-9, Jayaram scored six straight points to move clear of Rasmus. The Dane was the finalist of the Denmark Open, last October.
On Friday in the quarterfinals, Jayaram is going to face Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand. The three-time world junior champion defeated Sourabh Verma of India in Straight games 21-17,21-14
Fourth seed Srikanth will settle against 6th seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand at the last eight phase. Kantaphon appreciates a 1-0 win-loss record against Srikanth.
In the women’s singles quarterfinals, Sindhu will play against Busanan Ongabamrungphan of Thailand. The world No. 7 Indian has a 11-1 vocation record against Busanan and had crushed her in the first round of the Toyota Thailand Open this January.