Anand Pawar became the only Indian to advance to the semifinal of the men’s section of the draw when he beat compatriot Ajay Jayaram 21-6 21-16. Pawar,ranked 53,was facing a player 20 rungs above him in the world rankings,but he says the difference between them was far less.
We have played each other so many time internationally and domestically and there isn’t anything which we don’t know about each other’s game. We have similar game styles and the only thing that will separate us is who plays better on a particular day, said Pawar who is also roommates with Jayaram. In this incident,it was Jayaram who had a bad day. He struggled to find his bearings in the opening game,conceding multiple errors to trail 6-0 and then 12-2.
Jayaram had the early advantage in the second game but Pawar quickly recovered to make his maiden Super Series semis. He will meet sixth seeded Japanese Kenichi Tago,who defeated Sai Praneeth earlier in the day,21-17 19-21 21-11.
In the other men’s quarters,Boonsak Ponsanna beat RMV Gurusaidutt 21-1211-2121-12 while World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei took 34 minutes to down HS Prannoy 21-14 21-19. To his credit,Pranoy had his moments. He had a 17-11 lead in the second game as Chong Wei made a series of uncharacteristic errors,but the Malaysian surged back strongly.