Ponnappa-Gutta, Sai Praneeth in US Open semis

Doubles pair notch up 21-17, 21-14 win over Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte while Sai Praneeth trounces Long Angus 21-8, 21-14

New York: India’s men singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth alongwith two other doubles pairs advanced to the semi-finals of the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

India’s Ashwini Ponnappa (right) and Jwala Gutta. PIC/AFP
India’s Ashwini Ponnappa (right) and Jwala Gutta. Pic/AFP

The 22-year-old from Andhra Pradesh thrashed Hong Kong’s 12th seeded NG Ka Long Angus, 21-8, 21-14 in a lop-sided quarter-final encounter that lasted just 32 minutes at the Suffolk County Community College.

B Sai Praneeth
B Sai Praneeth

The 16th seeded Indian will next meet former World No 1 and two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, seeded fourth, also notched up a 21-17, 21-14 win over seventh seeded German pair of Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte in the women’s doubles.

The 2011 World Championship bronze medallists will next take on Japanese combo of Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya in the final four.

Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy earned a hard-fought 22-20, 21-13 victory over England combo of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge to make it to the semi-finals.

They will play fourth seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan next.

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