Top Indian combine Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their women’s doubles second round match at the $250,000 Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo on Thursday.
South Korean sixth seeds Kyung Eun Jung and Ha Na Kim took care of the World No.32 Indian pair in a tough and close 57-minute contest, winning 21-12, 21-23, 21-19. With the win, the World No.9 pair took a 2-1 lead in career meets against the Indians.
Elsewhere in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, China’s Xin Liu ousted Tanvi Lad from the women’s singles second round by coming out victorious 21-18, 21-12 in 42 minutes.
Ashwini with Tarun Kona will play their mixed doubles second round match later in the day against local pair Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo while Sourabh Verma will take on Japanese fourth seed Kenichi Tago in the men’s singles Round 2.