US Open: P Kashyap, Samee & Prannoy advance to men’s singles’ quarterfinals

Indian shuttlers P Kashyap, Sameer Verma and H S Prannoy advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles’ competition at the US Open Grand Prix Gold being played at Anaheim. Kashyap crossed the second round last night 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 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.

Second seed H S Prannoy, beat Ireland’s Joshua Magee and Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw in the 2nd and prequarterfinal rounds. Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next.

In the Men’s Doubles, third seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Androw Yunanto to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera. The pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona, however, lost to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan.

Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram and Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also bowed out of the Championship after losing out last night.


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