Shuttlers Jayaram, Pawar, Manu-Sumeeth reach US Open quarters


New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar progressed through to the quarterfinals of the US Open men’s singles event while Rio-bound Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also reached the last-eight round in their doubles event on Thursday. Other Indians who made the quarterfinals were the men's doubles pairing of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, and women's doubles duo of S Poorvisha Ram and Meghana Jakkampudi.

Pawar defeated compatriot Pratul Joshi 21-10, 21-13 while Jayaram outplayed Pedro Martins of Portugal 21-11, 21-15. In the men's doubles, second seeds Attri and Reddy dug deep to beat Japan's Kenya Mitsuhashi and Yuta Watanabe 23-21, 21-13 in a match lasting 39 minutes.

The Indians now face another Japanese combine of Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi. The women's doubles pairing of Poorvisha and Meghana advanced to the last eight with a 21-16, 21-6 win over America's Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were seeded one for the women's doubles but they did not take part in the competition due to latter's health.