The women’s doubles pair of G. Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa, on Thursday, crashed out of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold after suffering a 15-21, 16-21 defeat against the Malaysian pair of Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng in the second round in Saarbrucken, Germany.
In the men’s singles competition, Anand Pawar let go a one game advantage to lose against Ireland’s Scott Ivans 16-21, 21-17, 21-6. It was curtains for P.C. Thulasi in the women’s section when the Indian lost her battle against sixth seed Sashina Vignes Waran of France 21-18, 14-21, 14-21. Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Tarun Kona matched their opponents, Sweden’s Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstrom, in smash and net play, but eventually ran out of steam in the dying moments of the decider.
Ashwini-Kona lost 15-21, 21-19, 17-21 after giving the Swedish pair a run for their money.
In the opening round, the pair of Jwala-Ashwini had brushed aside the challenge of Germany’s Anika Dorr and Annika Horbach 21-14, 21-11.