Jwala-Ashwini knocked out, Saina, Prannoy win at All England Badminton

Birmingham: Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa today crashed out of the All England Badminton Championships as they suffered straight-game defeat at the hands of top seeded Chinese duo of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in the second round here.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

Gutta and Ponnappa lost 10-21 13-21 to their formidable Chinese opponents in a 36-minute second round contest. The Indians were simply outplayed by the Chinese who never allowed their opponents to make a fightback.

Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal and the fast-rising H S Prannoy notched up contrasting wins in the women's and men's singles competitions respectively to reach the second round at Barclaycard Arena.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

Olympic bronze medallist, Saina, seeded third, hardly broke a sweat before getting past Indonesia's Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-8 21-12, while Prannoy eked out a hard-fought 16-21 21-8 21-18 win over France's Brice Leverdez in the opening round last night.

World No. 3 Saina will next take on Korean qualifier Kim Hyo Min, while Prannoy faces England's Rajiv Ouseph in the second round.

There was heartbreak for World No. 5 K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram as they failed to cross the first hurdle and crashed out of the competition.

While fourth seed Srikanth lost to Kento Momota of Japan 18-21 21-12 15-21 in an hour and six minutes match, Jayaram too fell by the wayside after more than an hour long match against China's Tian Houwei 14-21 21-19 14-21.

P Kashyap had also crashed out in the first round, while men's doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy registered a stunning win over seventh seeded Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei.

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