Jwala-Diju pair pulls out of India Open

India`s top mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju will not participate in the India Open.

New Delhi: India`s top mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju will not participate in the India Open
Super Series as the latter will undergo a minor surgery to get
rid of his troubled back.

Diju, who has been suffering from a recurring back
problem for the last one year, has finally decided to go for a
minor key hole surgery to regain complete fitness and would
miss the April 26-May 1 tournament, the first Super Series in
the country.

"We won`t be able to play in India Open as Diju has to
undergo a minor key hole surgery. He has been having problems
with his back for quite sometime and we decided it is the
right time to go for the operation. It is sad that we won`t be
able to play at home but his health is a priority," one half
of the mixed doubles pair, Jwala said.

The duo had won the India Open, when it was a Grand Prix
Gold event, last year in Chennai.

"Diju is very tall, and so playing badminton always puts
pressure on the lower back. It plays on your mind when you are
not completely fit so once the surgery is over, we will be
back with a bang," she added.

The world number 19 India pair, who were seeded sixth in
the tournament, however, will be back in action in June.

"We will be playing our next tournament in June as one
month`s gap is good enough time to recover and we will come
out stronger and would be inside the top 10 by this year end,"
said Jwala.

The 27-year-old Hyderabadi shuttler is, however, excited
about playing in the women`s doubles category and hopes to
repeat their Commonwealth Games gold medal feat at the
familiar Sri Fort sports complex.

"Me and Ashwini have been playing well. Even in the
Commonwealth Games, we had the most fieriest competition and
we overcame that to win the gold. So we hope to do well in the
India Open too," said Jwala, who along with Ashwini had
finished runners-up in the women`s doubles event of the India
Open Grand Prix Gold last year.

Bureau Report

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