Shuttler Jayaram ousted from Russian Open semis

Vladivostok, July 25 (IANS) Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram lost his men’s singles semifinal in straight games to be ousted from the $50,000 Russian Open Grand Prix here on Saturday.

The Indian challenge also came to an end as doubles pairs Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy and Akshay Dewalkar and Prajakta Sawant lost their respective semifinals at the Sports Hall Olympic.

Third seed Jayaram, who hails from Mumbai, had no chance against top seed Tommy Sugiarto as the Indonesian took only 33 minutes to win 21-17, 21-7 and extend his head-to-head to 3-0.

Later, local pair and men’s doubles top seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov accounted for third seeds Attri and Reddy by beating the Indian combine 19-21, 21-7, 21-16 in 43 minutes.

Dewalkar and Sawant also suffered the same fate as they lost the mixed doubles contest to Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan 10-21, 8-21 in only 22 minutes.

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