Indian pairs falter at final hurdle in Australian Open

Updated: Jul 26, 2009, 16:46 PM IST

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.

Bureau Report