India's Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy pair enters US Open GP final

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New York, June 21: Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy reached the finals but it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth and women's doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa at the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

The world number 26 Indian pair defeated fourth seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 21-17, 21-17 in a 34-minute match to set up a summit clash with Chinese pair of Junhui Li and Yuchen Liu.

File photo of Manu Attri (left) and Sumeeth Reddy

India's men's singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth, however, lost to former World No. 1 and two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysian in the semi-finals. The 22-year-old from Andhra Pradesh lost 9-21 17-21 to Chong Wei in a 34-minute clash.

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Jwala and Ashwini, seeded fourth, also suffered a defeat at the hands of Japanese pair of Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya 17-21 11-21 to bow out of the tournament.


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