Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jwala-Diju advance, Anand goes down fighting

Anand Pawar put up a good fight against 6th seed & world no.7 Boonsak Ponsana, in the first round of the main draw of the Malaysia Open Super Series badminton tournament being held at Kaula Lampur.

However Boonsak finally prevailed over Anand in the close encounter that lasted for 39 minutes. Anand went down fighting 17-21 in the first game and a very close 21-23 in the second. Though Anand has not made it to the next round, such a good performance against a top 10 player seems to augur well for the future.

Earlier Anand had made his way to the main draw yesterday, winning both his qualifying rounds in gruelling 3-set matches.

In an earlier match of the main draw today, Chetan Anand lost to world no.21 Kazushi Yamada 14-21, 17-21.

India's challenge in the womens doubles also ended, when the pair of Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa lost to the 5th seeded Chinese pair of Jing Du & Pan Pan (a new combination). Jing Du & Pan Pan won the match 21-11, 16-21, 21-5

The best news of the day for Indian badminton fans, was that in the mixed doubles event, Jwala Gutta & V.Diju advanced confortably to the 2nd round defeating the German pair of Johannes Schoettler & Sandra Marinello 21-12, 21-13


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