Dutch Open: Jayram, Kashyap enter round 2

Top seed Ajay Jayram defeated Henri Aarnio of Finland 21-16 21-12 in his opening match, while 11th seed Kashyap defeated Bjorn Seguin of US 21-12 24-22 in the first round matches at the Dutch Open.

Ajay Jayram

Top seed Ajay Jayram will play Bulgaria’s Philip Shishov in his second round match.   -  M. Moorthy

India’s Ajay Jayram, Parupalli Kashyap and Lakhanee Sarang entered the second round of the men’s singles event of the Yonex Dutch Open badminton tournament.

Top seed Jayram defeated Henri Aarnio of Finland 21-16 21-12, while 11th seed Kashyap defeated Bjorn Seguin of US 21-12 24-22 and Lakhanee prevailed over Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees 21-12 21-18 in the first round encounters.

Jayram will next play Bulgaria’s Philip Shishov, while Kashyap and Lakhanee will be up against qualifier Rasmus Gemke of Denmark and sixth seed Raul Must of Estonia, respectively.

Siril Verma and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde crashed out in the opening round.

Verma lost 20-22 8-21 against Finland’s Iikka Heino in the men’s singles event, Ruthvika fought hard before going down 21-18 13-21 20-22 against Zii Yii Lee of Malaysia in the women’s singles competition.

Among other Indians in fray, the mixed doubles pair -- B. Sumeeth Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi -- beat German duo of Daniel Benz and Theresa Wurm 21-11 21-17 to set up a clash against Dutch combination of Jelle Maas and Imke Van der Aar in the next round.