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India’s Ajay Jayaram on Friday was knocked out of the Swiss Open 2021 tournament after he lost in straight games to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn.


A day after a stunning victory in which he defeated World No. 12 Rasmus Gemke 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 to advance into the quarterfinals, Ajay was a mere shadow of himself as he could only muster a 9-21, 6-21 defeat to Vitidsarn in only 29 minutes.


The eighth seeded Thai player was too good for Jayaram on the day and there wasn’t much of a competition from the Indian star, who perhaps was tired from his long game just a day earlier.


The mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa showed top-notch fighting spirit before going down to World No 13 -Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia in three sets 17-21, 21-16, 18-21.


Satwiksairaj and Ashwini had staged the comeback after being losing the first set but the Malaysian duo diffused the Indian attack to seal a place in the semi-finals.

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