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Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy reach US Open finals; Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa crash out

Indian pair defeated fourth seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 21-17 21-17 in a 34-minute game.

US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Manu Attri, B Sumeeth Reddy, Takeshi Kamura,Keigo Sonoda The duo of Aswini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta failed to qualify for the finals. (Source: Express Photo)

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 combo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa at the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.

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 combo of Junhui Li and Yuchen Liu.

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 semifinals.

The 22-year-old from Andhra Pradesh lost 9-21 17-21 to Chong Wei in a 34-minute clash.

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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.

First published on: 21-06-2015 at 04:42:44 pm
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