The pairing of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy reached the men’s doubles final at the recently-concluded US Open Badminton Championship while top names failed to live up to expectations. Here is our recap of this Grand Prix Gold event held in New York.
Commendable performance by Manu and Sumeeth at US Open Badminton
Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy were the Indian stars of the week as they upset the second and the fourth seeds en route to the final. The unseeded pairing opened their campaign with a smooth performance.
The Indian duo eventually made it to the final by producing another upset. They defeated the fourth-seeded pairing of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda. The final, however, proved to be the end of this fairy tale run. They faced off against the unseeded pairing of Junhui Li and Yuchen Liu and lost the match in straight games.
Jwala-Ashwini reached the semis
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also had a good run as they reached the semi-finals. Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta breezed through their first few rounds to secure their berth in the semis. Their run came to an end in the semis where they bowed out to the unseeded Japanese pairing of Ayane Kurihara and Naru Shinoya.
Sai Praneeth made it to the semis amongst Indian singles stars
Amongst the Indian singles players, only B Sai Praneeth reached the semis. Sai was defeated by former World number one Lee Chong Wei in the last-four stage.
Elsewhere, Gurusaidutt bowed out to the ninth seed Takuma Ueda while Ajay Jayaram went down to top seed Chou Tien Chen in the third round.
The biggest takeaway of the tournament was the run of Attri and Reddy. The fans will be expecting more from the duo in the coming weeks while other Indian players showed some promise as well.
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