Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram storm into quarter-finals of Malaysia Masters

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Opening day's heroes Harsheel Dani and Pratul Joshi flattered to deceive but Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram provided the much-needed boost to India's challenge in the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tourna ment at Sibu Indoor Stadium, Sarawak, Malaysia, on Wednesday.

Sixth seeded Ajay first downed local youngster Jun Hao Leong in three games and then outclassed Saputra Vicky Angga of Indonesia 21-9, 21-12 later in the evening to wrap up a fruitful day.

London Olympics bronzemedallist and former World No. 1 Saina brushed aside Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini 2117 2112 in a 42minute contest.

He will next meet Chinese Taipei's Hsueh Hsuan-yi.

Top seed Saina advanced to the second round with a facile 21-9, 21-8 win over Thai qualifier Chasinee Korepap. The 29yearold Indian will next face Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

In women's double category, Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant also failed to make their mark and were beaten by second seeds Chiang Kai Hsin and Hung Shih Han of Chinese Taipei.

In men's doubles, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, seeded third, also bowed out of the tournament after losing 1721 2118 1221 to the Indonesian combo of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Markis Kido.

Prajakta along with her Malaysian partner Yogendran Khrishnan also reached the next round of mixed doubles after defeating Hong Kong's Hee Chun Mak and Yeung Nga Ting.

Mixed doubles: First round: Manu Attri & G. Jwala bt Lukhi Apri Nugroho & Ririn Amelia (Ina) 21-19, 21-18.