Rio 2016: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated by Japanese pair in their first match

Jwala gutta and ashwini ponnappa

Day 6 at the Olympics brought news that the doubles pair of Jwala Gutta.and Ashwini Ponnappa could not get past the world No. 1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo in the Women’s Doubles Group A opener.

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The Indians were under serious pressure from the beginning, as they were faced with the daunting task of playing number one seeds. The Indians started with a 5-2 lead but the Japanese pair soon raced ahead and at first break the score read 11-8. An error by Ponnappa sealed the first set for the Japanese 21-15. The Indian shuttlers then trailed 10-6 in the second set to Japan. After the interval in the second game, the Japanese pair lead by 11-6, after which the match was pretty much out of the hands of the Indians. The final score read 15-21, 10-21, and the match took just 38 minutes.

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Jwala-Ashwini are still have 2 more games to go and will be seen in action next on Friday. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Saina Nehwal to get a win for the badminton team at Rio Olympics. Watch this space for uodates.

Schedule for all women players from India is listed below. Timings are in Indian Standard Time.

Aug 11 Agenda for Olympics

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