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2016 Rio Games: Jwala-Ashwini knocked out of Olympics

The Experienced Indian Pair Of Jwala Gutta And Ashwini Ponnappa Were Today Eliminated From The Olympics Women's Doubles Event After Losing Their Second Successive Group A Clash Here.

PTI | Updated on: 12 Aug 2016, 09:35:12 PM
Jwala and ashwini at Rio Olympics

New Delhi:

The experienced Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were today eliminated from the Olympics women's doubles event after losing their second successive group A clash here.     

In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch team of EefjeMuskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-2121-16 17-21 in a 48-minute clash.     

Lying second from bottom in the group standings, Jwala and Ashwini will have just pride to play for when they take on Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Indonesiain their final group clash. The Indonesians are also winless so far and are lying bottom of the heap.     

The Indians, who were distinctly uncoordinated in theiropening loss to Japan, gave a better account of themselves intoday's match but failed to go for the kill.     The opening game was lost in merely 19 minutes but far from being bogged down, Jwala and Ashwini fought back to grabthe second with the former being particularly impressive withher strokeplay close to the net.     

However, the momentum gained in that game could not takethem past the finishing line as Muskens and Piek bounced backto clinch the match. Ashwini proved to be the weak link in the decider andMuskens and Piek did not miss any opportunity to attack her onthe back court. 

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First Published : 12 Aug 2016, 09:34:00 PM