CWG: Jwala-Ashwini bag silver in women's doubles
Glasgow: Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Malaysian duo Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon in the women's doubles final of the Commonwealth Games here yesterday.
Much was expected from Jwala and Ashwini but they could not replicate their gold medal-winning performance of 2010 and had to settle for the silver, losing the final 17-21, 21-23 in 41 minutes.
It was a close contest between the Indian third seeds and Malaysian seconds seeds in the doubles final. The pairs exchanged serves almost on every point but at 17-all, World No 18 Vivian and Khe showed nerves of steel to pull out the next four points and seal the game.
The second game was as close as the first with neither pair giving too big an advantage to the other. But after making a couple of errors, the defending champions remarkably won seven straight points to go into a 18-15 lead which they soon converted into 20-16.
Undeterred, the Malaysian youngsters saved five match points — four on the trot — to turn the tie on its head win on their first match-point.