Copenhagen: India’s Shubhankar Dey and Ajay Jayaram lost in straight games to be knocked out of the Denmark Open in the first round. While Shubhankar lost to Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue, Jayaram fell to Danish third seed Anders Antonsen.
Earlier in the day, fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth came out with a commanding performance as he registered a straight-games win over England’s Toby Penty in his opening round match at the Denmark Open. He was to face Ho-Shue in the pre-quarters on Thursday.
Shubhankar lost 21-13, 21-8 to Ho-Shue in a match that lasted 40 minutes. Jayaram, on the other hand, lost 21-12, 21-14 to Antonsen.
Srikanth beat Penty 21-12, 21-18 in 37 minutes. The Super 750 event marks the resumption of international badminton after seven months.
Meanwhile, Lakshya Sen has already reached the pre-quarters with a straight-game win over Christo Popov on Tuesday. Sen, who held a 3-1 head to head record against Popov, had defeated the Frenchman 21-9, 21-15 in just 36 minutes to make it to the next round of the Super 750 event. He will face Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark for a place in the quarterfinals.