2015 World Championships- Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa knocked out
The Indian pair lost in straight games.
The Indian Women's doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the Badminton World Championships, losing 25-23 21-14 to the unseeded Japanese pair of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao of Japan ion the quarterfinals on Friday.
The opening game proved to be a nail-biting affair as both pairs exchanged leads at regular intervals but at the 11-11 mark, it was the Japanese duo who took the lead, winning 4 points straight to go 15-11 up. But Gutta and Ponnappa fought back to bring the back to level terms at 15-15, after which it proved to be riveting contest, until the 23-23 mark, when Fukuman and Yonao took the lead and converted the game point opportunity soon after to take a one-game lead.
The second game proved to be a less tighther affair as Fulkuman and Yonao started to dominate proceedings from the start, therebt putting increasing pressure on the Indian pair and eventuall won the game 21-14 to move into the semifinals of the tournament.
This will come as a bit of a blow for the doubles pair, considering that it was an ideal opportunity to book a spot inthe Olympics and it would now mean that they will have bring their A -game out in the remianing tournaments in order to seal a berth in the Summer Games, next year.
Final Scoreline-Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao beat Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa 25-23 21-14