Ajay Jayaram fires into US Open semis

Ajay Jayaram stormed into the men's singles semifinals even as the men's and women's Indian doubles contingent suffered losses.

Ajay Jayaram will face Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama for a spot in the summit clash.   -  M. Moorthy

Ajay Jayaram sailed into the men’s singles semifinals with a 21-11 21-11 win over compatriot Anand Pawar in the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

The 28-year-old will now face Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama for a place in the final.

However, there was no good news from the doubles camp as Manu Attri and B Sumeeth lost to the Japanese combine Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 21-18, 7-21, 16-21 in a match lasting 52 minutes.

The women’s doubles pairing of Poorvisha and Meghan also failed to advance after going down 15-21 12-21 by American duo -- Paula Lynn Obanana and Eva Lee.