Day 3 was expected to be challenging for the 5 Doubles team of Indians, and none could win including the 3rd seed Men’s Doubles team of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy. From the huge Indian contingent only top seed Saina Nehwal and 6th seed Ajay Jayaram, in the meanwhile, reached the Quarterfinals and will play the opponents whom they have met before too. Will one of them emulate PV Sindhu and get India the third title of Malysian Masters!
Day 3 Results for Indians
Top Seed Saina Nehwal def Hanna Ramadini (Indonesia) 21-17 21-12 in 42 minutes
MS Ajay Jayaram def Hsueh Hsuan Yi (Taipei) 21-12 15-21 21-15 in 49 minutes
XD Prajakta Sawant / Yogendra (Malaysia) lost 21-17 21-17 to 8th seed Indonesian pair
XD Manu Attri / Jwala Gutta lost 21-18 21-10 to 6th seed Indonesian pair
MD Arjun / Ramchandran Shlok lost 21-14 21-17 to Hong Kong pair
WD Aparna Balan / Prajakta Sawant lost 21-18 21-14 to 2nd seed Chinese Taipei pair
MD 3rd seed Manu Attri / Sumeeth Reddy lost 21-17 18-21 21-12 to Markis Kido / Hendra Aprida (Indonesia)
Day 4 Schedule
Saina Nehwal vs 8th seed Fitriani (Indonesia)
Ajay Jayaram vs Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia)
Head to Head for Saina and Jayaram
Saina has defeated Fitriani twice when they played in 2016 Indonesia Open and then Asia Championships.
Ajay Jayaram has a 1-2 record against Ginting as they played thrice against each other in 2016. Jayaram won the last match played at Hong Kong Open. Before that Ginting won at French Open at Asian Team Championship.