Shuttler Ajay Jayaram progresses to semis of US Open keeping the Indian hopes alive

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Ajay Jayaram

The renowned Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram emerges as the lone Indian survivor at the ongoing US Open in El Monte on Friday as he defeated his compatriot Anand Pawar in straight games in the quarter-finals.

Ajay Jayaram

The fourth-seeded Indian went past the challenge of Pawar quite comfortably, with the scoreline of 21-11, 21-11 and marched to the semifinals of the men’s singles event of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament. Jayaram will now face the Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama at the semis to book the spot for the summit clash.

Jayaram, the world number 22, continued his domination throughout the match and just took 30 munites to defeat, the world number 93, Pawar. Although, Jayaram made the country proud with his victory, both the men and women doubles pair had disappointed.

Men’s doubles combo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who are going to take part in the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016, and recently won the Canada Open get knocked out from the tournament after losing to Japanese duo of Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi by 21-18, 7-21, 16-21 margin. After winning the first game with ease, the Indian pair lost momentum in the second set but tried hard to make a comeback in the third set. Their effort went in vain, as the duo ran out of the stem.

On the other hand, the women’s duo, Poorvisha Ram and Meghana Jakkampudi were beaten 15-21, 12-21 by the second-ranked Indonesian pair of Paula Lynn Obanana and Eva Lee and bowed out of the tournament too.

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