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US Open Grand Prix Gold: P Kashyap, Sameer Verma secure quarterfinal berths in men's singles

Indian shuttlers P Kashyap, Sameer Verma and H S Prannoy continued with their impressive showing at the tournament advancing to the quarterfinals of the men's singles' competition at the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold at Anaheim.


By   |  Updated On : July 21, 2017 01:53 PM
P Kashyap - File Photo

P Kashyap - File Photo

New Delhi :  

Indian shuttlers P Kashyap, Sameer Verma and H S Prannoy continued with their impressive showing at the tournament advancing to the quarterfinals of the men's singles' competition at the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold at Anaheim.

Kashyap breezed into the second round after his opponent Hungary's Gergely Krausz retired midway in the second game with the scoreline reading 21-18 17-6 in favour of the Indian. The Commonwealth Games champion then defeated Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne, seeded 16th, 21-19 21-10 in the pre-quarterfinals match on the same day.

Kashyap will next face compatriot and fifth seed Sameer Verma, who notched up victories over Croatia's Zvonimir Durkinjak and Brazil's Ygor Coelho. Sameer, who is making a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, had to fight hard to get the better off Zvonimir 21-19 25-27 21-15 in the first match. He then saw of ninth seed Ygor 18-21 21-14 21-18.

Second seed H S Prannoy, meanwhile, brushed aside Ireland's Joshua Magee 21-13 21-17 before staving off a challenge from Netherlands' Mark Caljouw, seeded 12th, 21-814-21 21-16 in 48 minutes.

Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next. Among other Indians in fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Andrew Yunanto 21-16 21-9 to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera.

It was, however, curtains for Harsheel Dani, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Rituparna Das in singles event. Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen ended Harsheel's stay with a 27-25 21-9 win, while Sri Krishna lost 11-21 10-21 to fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea and Rituparna suffered a 15-21 20-22loss to seventh seed Natalia Koch Rohde of Denmark.

Men's doubles pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona fought hard before losing 19-21 21-9 14-21 to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan. Women's doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out with a 18-21 9-21 loss to seventh seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan.

Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also suffered a 16-21 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai. 

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 01:39 PM


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