El Monte (California) : Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar cruised into men's singles quarters of the US Open Grand Prix Gold here today. Meanwhile, seeded fifth HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth, Pratul Joshi and Tanvi Lad crashed out in their second-round matches here. In men's doubles, Rio-bound Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy maintained their winning spree to reach the last four along with women's duo of Meghana Jakkampudi and S Poorvisha Ram yesterday.
However, 2010 Commonwealth Games women's champions duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa gave a walkover to bow out of the tournament. In men's singles, while fourth seed Jayaram thrashed Portugal's Pedro Martins 21-11, 21-15 in just 31 minutes, Pawar too won his game comfortably, sending down fellow countryman Joshi 21-11, 21-13 in 35 minutes. Jayaram will now take on Pawar in the quarters.