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Manu Attri and Reddy B. Sumeeth of India compete against Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei during Men Doubles Round 32 match of the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2018 at Istora Senayan Gelora Bung Karno on January 24 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The pair has advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

SYDNEY — India's men's doubles duo of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open badminton tournament while it was curtains for Sameer Verma and B. Sai Praneeth after losing their respective men's singles quarter-final matches here May 11.

Second seed Praneeth fought hard for 43 minutes before going down in straight games 21-23, 13-21 to Hong Kong's Yiu Lee Cheuk at Court 1 of the Quay Centre Olympic Park here.

Earlier, No.4 seed Sameer failed to exert any pressure against unseeded Chinese Guangzu Lu, who comfortably pocketed the encounter in straight games 21-14, 21-6 in 34 minutes.

Meanwhile, the men's doubles match witnessed a brilliant comeback from Manu and Sumeeth against compatriots Arjun M.R. and Ramchandran Shlok in the 51-minute quarter-final.

After going down 17-21 in the opening game, Manu and Sumeeth kept their nerves to win the second game with a 21-19 margin before fending off the opponents in the decider with a close 21-18 margin.

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