Ho Chi Minh City: Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath put in the hard yards to progress to the men’s singles semifinals with contrasting wins at the $75,000 Vietnam Open Super Tour 100 tournament here on Friday.
Former world no 13 Jayaram, who is on a comeback trail after recovering from a hamstring injury, dished out a spirited performance to outwit Canada’s Sheng Xiaodong 26-24 21-17 in a thrilling contest. The 30-year-old Indian will next face seventh seeded Japanese Yu Igarashi tomorrow.
In another match, young shuttler Mithun saw off China’s Zhou Zeqi 17-21 21-19 21-11 after a hard-fought battle that lasted 56 minutes. The 20-year-old, a semifinalist at the Russian Open, will square off against Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. However, it was curtains for Rituparna Das as she lost 19-21 14-21 to Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan.
(With inputs from PTI)