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Shuttlers Jayaram, Attri-Reddy reach US Open quarters

Ajay Jayaram of India hits a return to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2012 badminton tournament in New Delhi April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma (INDIA - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON) - RTR31927
Ajay Jayaram of India hits a return to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia during the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2012 badminton tournament in New Delhi April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma (INDIA - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON) - RTR31927

El Monte, U.S.A : Ace Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar progressed through to the quarterfinals of the US Open men’s singles event while Rio-bound Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also reached the last-eight round in their doubles event here on Thursday.

Fourth-seeded Jayaram overcame Portuguese opponent Pedro Martins 21-11, 21-15 in the third round, while Pawar claimed a 21-10, 21-13 win over compatriot Pratul Joshi to reach the top eight of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament.

Both will next face each other for a spot in the semifinals.

On the other hand, sixth-seeded B Sai Praneeth, who recently clinched the Canada Open, failed to sustain momentum after winning the opening game as he was beaten 13-21, 21-17, 22-20 by Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai in third round of men’s singles event.

Fifth-seeded H.S. Prannoy also bowed out of the tournament, losing 25-23, 23-21 to Korea’s Lee Hyun.

In the men’s doubles event, Attri and Reddy defeated Japanese pair of Kenya Mitsuhashi and Yuta Watanabe 23-21, 21-13 while Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram advanced to the final eight after local favourites defeating Ariel and Sydney Lee 21-16, 21-6 in the women’s doubles event.

Meanwhile, Tanvi Lad crashed out of the women’s singles event after suffering a 21-17, 21-15 defeat against fifth-seeded Beiwen Zhang from USA. (ANI)

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