Paris: Indian men`s and women`s doubles
pairs steamrolled over their respective opponents to sail into
the pre-quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships
The women`s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini
Ponnappa, seeded 16th in the prestigious tournament, needed
jut 18 minutes to thrash Ukrainians Maria Ulitina and Natalya
Voytsekh 21-8 21-10 in their second round match.
The Indian duo, who got a walkover in their opening
round, will now take on six seeded Korean pair of Jung Eun Ha
and Min Jung Kim in the pre-quarterfinals.
The Korean duo had thrashed unseeded Swiss pair of Marion
Gruber and Sabrina Jaquet 21-2, 21-5 in another second round
Jwala had also made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the
mixed doubles event. Jwala and V Diju have beaten Malaysian
pair of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh 21-19, 21-8 in the
In the men`s doubles second round, the 15th seeded Indian
duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas also scored a
comfortable 21-14, 21-16 win over South Africans Dorian Lance
James and Willem Viljoen in just 23 minutes.
In the pre-quarterfinals, they play eighth seeded Danish
pair Lars Passke and Jonas Rasmussen who defeated Austrian duo
of Daniel Grassmuck and Roman Zirnwald.
Rupesh and Sanave were literally on fire as they never
lost the lead.
In the first game, after leading 10-8, both Rupesh and
Sanave dominated the mid court with smashes and drop shots.
If there were a few hiccups for the Indians in the second
game, it was simply because of a few unforced errors. But they
immediately made amends and finished off the game with some
fine placements in the corners of the court.
"It was a good display. I think we combined well and out
thought the opponent with some good placements. In the second
game, I think when we were leading 12-9, we kind of played a
few loose shots but soon we checked it," Rupesh said after the