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India at Rio Olympics: Blow to India in badminton as Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa pair loses opener to Japan

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Fri August 12 2016, 2:35 pm
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    The Indian combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was off to a disappointing start in the Olympic women's doubles badminton event, losing in straight games to World No.1 Japan in the opening Group A clash here yesterday. Jwala and Ashwini lost 15-21 10-21 to the pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto in a match which lasted 36 minutes. (PTI)

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    The Indians will next be up against the world No.11 Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in their second group clash today. Jwala and Ashwini opened a 4-1 lead but ended up blowing it away in no time after the Japanese pair put across some targetted deep returns which the Indians failed to judge. (PTI)

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    The world No.1s, in contrast, were quick on their feet and returned everything that the Indians threw at them. Jwala and Ashwini, who were struggling to coordinate their moves, trailed 8-11 at the first lemon break and could not bridge the gap even once. (PTI)

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    The Japanese pair produced a couple of brilliant winners -- a backhand flick down the line by Matsumoto being particularly impressive -- to wrap up the opening game in 19 minutes without breaking much of a sweat. (PTI)

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    The second game followed a similar script with Takahashi and Matsumoto racing to a 6-3 lead. The top seeds capitalised on Jwala and Ashwini's apparent lack of rhythm and managed to send down winners in open gaps. (PTI)

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    Jwala and Ashwini were found wanting close to the net as well and ended up committing quite a few unforced errors to lose the match rather timidly. (PTI)

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    Arindam Das
    Aug 14, 2016 at 11:19 am
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