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Shuttlers Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma bow out of Australian Open

Sameer lost 14-21 6-21 to his opponent while Praneeth lost 21-23, 14-21 to his opponent from Hong Kong.

Reported by: PTI, Sydney [ Published on: May 11, 2018 19:42 IST ]

A file photograph of Sai Praneeth

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Fourth seed Sameer Verma was shocked by Chinese qualifier Lu Guangzu while second seed B Sai Praneeth was knocked out by Lee Cheuk Yiu as Indian challenge ended at Australian Open badminton championship in Sydney on Friday.

Sameer lost 14-21 6-21 to his opponent while Praneeth lost 21-23, 14-21 to his opponent from Hong Kong.

In the men's doubles, third seeds Manu Atri and Sumeet B Reddy advanced to the semifinals after winning the all-Indian quarterfinal against M R Arjun and Shlok Ramchandran 17-21 21-19 21-18.

They will now lock horns with top-seeded Indonesian pair of Berry Angriawan and Hardianto.

Indian challenge has already ended in the women's singles with defeats of Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka.

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