Melbourne: India`s title hopes in the Australian Open Grand Prix badminton tournament went up in
smoke with both the women`s and men`s doubles pair suffering
crushing defeats against their respective rivals to settle for
the runners up position here today.
Top seed Indian men`s pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave
Thomas lost 13-21, 11-21 to second seed Malaysian duo of Teik
Chai Gan and Bin Shen Tan in just 26 minutes.
Similarly, the new-formed women`s doubles pair of Aparna
Balan and Shruti Kurian too failed to get past the last
hurdle, losing 13-21, 9-21 against the lesser known Australian
combination of Chia Chi Huang and He Tian Tang.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.