California, July 21: India’s star shuttlers Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap on Friday stormed into the quarter-finals round after defeating their respective opponents in the US Open Grand Prix which is being played in Anaheim, California.
Notably, second seed HS Prannoy registered a commanding win over Ireland's Joshua Magee by 21-13, 21-17 to advance to the next round. Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next. Earlier, Prannoy defeated Luka Wraber of Denmark in straight games by 21-12, 21-16 to open his campaign.
Sameer Verma, a fifth seed in the tournament and making a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury had a hard fought victory over Croatian player Zvonimir Durkinjak by 21-19, 25-27, 21-15 to enter into quarters. Sameer defeated Vietnamese Hoang Nam Nguyen by 21-5, 21-10 to open his campaign.
While Parupalli Kashyap crossed the second round after his opponent Hungary's Gergely Krausz retired midway in the second game with the scoreline reading 21-18, 17-6 in favour of the Indian. Interestingly, P. Kashyap unsettled the top seed and defending champion Lee Hyun Il of South Korea 21-16, 10-21, 21-19 in the opening round.
On the other side, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Androw Yunanto 21-16 21-9 to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera. However, Harsheel Dani, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Rituparna Das were bowed out in the singles event. Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen ended Harsheel’s stay with a 27-25 21-9 win, while Sri Krishna lost 11-21 10-21 to fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea and Rituparna suffered a 15-21 20-22 loss to seventh seed Natalia Koch Rohde of Denmark.
Meanwhile, Men’s doubles pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona fought hard before losing 19-21 21-9 14-21 to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan. Unfortunately, women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out with an 18-21 9-21 loss to seventh seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan. Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also suffered a 16-21 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.