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Brink of defeat: Lin Dan’s first round exit in US Open Championship 2018

By: Nirupama
Date: 16 Jun, 2018
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Ajay Jayaram, who is the former India No. 1 men’s singles shuttler, strove hard for the first-round win at the 2018 Yonex US Open in Fullerton by showing meticulous care in each of his step taken. Within fifty-five minutes, Jayaram kept the challenge of the 371st ranked Yun Kyu Lee at bay, 26-24, 17-21, 21-13 in an enthralling period of time.

In fact, Jayaram is the only Indian to win on Day 2. In women’s singles, Anura Prabhudesai lost her opener. She failed to hold the success against Honderich, who closed out the 21-9, 21-17 win in just 32 minutes.

The duo, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, gave a walkover to the Indonesian pair of Rahmat Adianto and Rangga Yave Rianto in Men’s doubles.

However, for Ajay Jayaram, it was one crucial and indispensable win as his hamstring injury has been onerous in the past. Being a former World No. 13, he was forced to experience a rough patch as he missed many tournaments last year.

Lin Dan first round exit:

Lin Dan was a two-time Olympic champion and he made a first round exit in the U.S. Open Badminton Championships in Fullerton, California. He was fascinated by the majestic performance from Lee Dong Keun, who claimed the opening game of the match 21-13.

Dan came down to the verge of defeat as he plods 19-12 in the second game, but then, had to exit from the match to send Lee through at the Badminton World Federation Super 300 event.

Now, Lee will compete against Israel’s Misha Zilberman. Meanwhile, France’s Brice Leverdez and Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen had an encounter in the first round of the men’s singles competition.

Brice Leverdez claimed a 21-16, 21-16 triumph to reach the second round. He will now compete against South Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee, who edged England’s Toby Penty 19-21, 21-19, 21-18.

On the other hand, Beiwen Zhang, alleviated with her opening match and overcame Germany’s Yvonne Li by a 21-13, 21-14 score.

One of the seeded players Spain’s Beatriz Corrales had a hard-fought defeat by China’s Gao Fangjie.

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