Saturday, 9 July 2016
Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar set up all Indian quarterfinal at US Open
EL MONTE: Fourth seed Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar set up up an all-Indian quarterfinal in the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton event here. Other Indians who made the quarterfinals were the men's doubles pairing of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, and women's doubles duo of S PoorvishaRam and Meghana Jakkampudi. Pawar defeated compatriot Pratul Joshi 21-10, 21-13 while Jayaram outplayed Pedro Martins of Portugal 21-11, 21-15. In the men's doubles, second seeds Attri and Reddy dug deep to beat Japan's Kenya Mitsuhashi and Yuta Watanabe 23-21, 21-13 in a match lasting 39 minutes. The Indians now face another Japanese combine of Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi.
The women's doubles pairing of Poorvisha and Meghana advanced to the last eight with a 21-16, 21-6 win over America 's Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee.