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Rio Olympics 2016: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa disappointing start

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta play Women Double against Japan during Rio Olympic 2016

    The Indian combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was off to a disappointing start in the Olympic women's doubles badminton event

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa play Women Double against Japan in the Rio Olympic 2016

    losing in straight games to World No 1 Japan in the opening Group A clash at Rio de Janeiro

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Ashwini Ponnappa play Women Double against Japan in the Summer Olympic 2016

    Jwala and Ashwini lost 15-21 10-21 to the pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto in a match which lasted 36 minutes.

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    India's Badminton Player Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa play Women Double

    The Indians will next be up against the world No 11 Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in their second group

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa play Women Double against Japan

    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.

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa play Women Double

    The world No 1s, in contrast, were quick on their feet and returned everything that the Indians threw at them

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta play Women Double against Japan in the Summer Olympic 2016

    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.

  • Jwala Gutta, Jwala Gutta, Rio Olympics 2016, Women Double, Badminton
    Jwala Gutta play Women Double against Japan

    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.

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