India's Ajay Jayaram storms into US Open semi-finals

El Monte (USA), July 9: It was a tough day for the Indian shuttlers barring Ajay Jayaram, who sailed into the men's singles semi-finals with a comfortable win over compatriot Anand Pawar in USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

The World number 22 and fourth seed Jayaram comfortably defeated his colleague 21-11, 21-11 in the quarter-final played yesterday (July 8).

A file picture of Ajay Jayaram

The 28-year-old will now face Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama for a place in the final. However, there was no good news from the doubles camp as in the men's doubles, the Rio-bound Manu Attri and B Sumeeth lost to the Japanese combine Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 21-18, 7-21, 16-21 in a match lasting 52 minutes.

The women's doubles pairing of Poorvisha and Meghan also failed to advance after being defeated by second seeds from America, Paula Lynn Obanana and Eva Lee, 21-15, 21-12.


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