Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jwala-Ashwini out of Korea Open Super Series

The Indian womens doubles badminton pair of Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa bowed out yesterday from the Victor Korea Open Super Series premier tournament.

The Indian pair lost to 8th seeds, Qing Tian & Yunlei Zhao of China who defeated them by a score of 21-16, 21-15.

Nonetheless Jwala & Ashwini's performance in this tournament was good, as they had earlier defeated world no.23 pair of Tsz Ka Chan & Hoi Wah Chau in the first round, and then teamed up to win against world no.11 Japanese pair of Mizukii Fujii & Reika Kakiiwa in the second round.

The Chinese player Qing Tian turned out to be Jwala Gutta's nemesis in this tournament, as Qing Tian had also earlier paired with Tao Jiaming (6th seeds) in the mixed doubles to put to an end Jwala & V.Diju's fine run in this tournament.

The world ranking for both the Indian pairs, Jwala-Diju & Jwala-Ashwini, would likely improve with their showing in this tournament.

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