World Championships: Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, Ajay enter pre-quarters

Sameer Verma was the lone Indian to bow out of the competition in the men's singles on Wednesday.

Sai Praneeth in action during the BWF World Championships 2017.   -  AFP

Three Indians — Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaraman — secured wins to enter the pre-quarterfinals at the BWF World Championships on Wednesday.

World No. 19 Sai Praneeth came back from a set down to pull off a thrilling 14-21, 21-18, 21-19 win over Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the second round.

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Kidambi Srikanth soon joined his compatriot after thrashing Lucas Corvee (France) 21-9, 21-17 in 32 minutes.

Later, Ajay Jayaram cruised to a 21-13, 21-18 win over Mark Caljouw of Netherlands. The 13th seed took just 33 minutes to close out the match and help India finish strong.

Sameer Verma was the only men's player to bow out of competition for India on Wednesday. Verma was shown the door by 16th Englishman Rajiv Ouseph in a 44-minute contest. The Indian gave a tough fight in the first game but couldn't match Ouseph in the second as he went down 22-20, 21-9 in the second round.

In the first match of the day for the Indians, the 25-year-old Sai Praneeth faced a stiff challenge from the World No . 26 Ginting who raced to a 8-1 lead in the first game. The Indonesian didn’t have much trouble in closing down the game by claiming it 21-14.

Praneeth came back strongly in the second game by taking a 11-8 lead going into the break. Nursing a finger injury during the interval, the shuttler from Hyderabad overcame a fight-back from Ginting to take the second game 21-18 and force a decider.

In the third game, Ginting was on course to move to the next round as he moved to a 18-12 lead before Praneeth showed his class to take eight points in a row to edge the match in his favour.

Praneeth had earlier defeated Wei Nan of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-17 in the first round on Tuesday.

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