Jayaram, Mithun enter Vietnam Open semifinals
Ho Chi Minh City, Aug 10 (PTI) Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath put in the hard yards to progress to the men's singles semifinals with contrasting wins at the USD 75,000 Vietnam Open Super Tour 100 tournament here today.
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, who had reached the finals of 2015 Korea Super Series, 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 former national champion Rituparna Das as she lost 19-21 14-21 to Thailand's Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the quarterfinals.