Jwala-Ashwini crash out in Germany

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SummaryJwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa on Thursday crashed out of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold after suffering a straight-game defeat.

India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa on Thursday crashed out of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold after suffering a straight-game defeat against the Malaysian pair of Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng in the second round in Saarbrucken, Germany.

The Commonwealth Games gold-medallist pair lost 15-21, 16-21 to the fourth seed duo of Hui Ern and Hui Lin in a 26-minute match this evening. In men's singles competition, Anand Pawar let go a one game advantage to lose against Ireland's Scott Ivans 16-21, 21-17, 21-6 in a hard-fought contest.

It was curtains for P C Thulasi in the women's section when the Indian lost her battle against sixth seed Sashina Vignes Waran of France 21-18 14-21 14-21 in a match that lasted 54 minutes.

Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Tarun Kona matched their opponents, Sweden's Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstrom, in smash and net play but eventually ran out of steam in the dying moments of the decider.

Ashwini-Kona lost 15-21, 21-19, 17-21 after giving the Swedish pair a run for their money. In the opening round, the pair of Jwala-Ashwini had brushed aside the challenge of Germany's Anika Dorr and Annika Horbach 21-14, 21-11.

Saina slips to No.7

The second-round exit from French Open Super Series proved costly for Saina Nehwal as the Indian badminton ace continued her downward slide, slipping one more spot to be placed at world number seven in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday. The Olympic bronze medallist shuttler had slipped to world number six last week after failing to defend her title at Denmark Open. The 23-year-old had lost to World No. 6 Ji Hyun Sung in the quarterfinals of the Premier event.

Shivani, Das advance

Junior national champion Ruthvika Shivani and Rituparna Das kept India’s medal hopes alive in the BWF World junior badminton championship with contrasting victories in the girls’ singles third round in Bangkok on Thursday. Ruthvika had to quell a fighting Maria Mitsova of Bulgaria 21-16, 18-21, 21-13 in just under an hour, while Rituparna managed to pack off Hong Kong’s Wing Yung Ng 21-13, 22-20 in just 25 minutes.

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