Jwala-Ashwini win, Thulasi loses in Bitburger Open

PTI| Updated: Oct 31, 2013, 12:43 PM IST

New Delhi: India`s women`s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign with a dominating straight-game win in the opening round of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold in Saarbrucken, Germany.

The Commonwealth Games gold-medallist pair brushed aside Germany`s Anika Dorr and Annika Horbach 21-14, 21-11 in a 23-minute match on Wednesday night.

Bronze-medallist at the 2011 London World Championship, Jwala and Ashwini rode on their powerful smashes and better net play to annihilate Anika and Annika.

They will next take on fourth-seeded Malaysian pair of Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng in the next round.

However, it was curtains for P C Thulasi in the women`s singles competition when the Indian lost her battle against sixth seed Sashina Vignes Waran of France 21-18, 14-21, 14-21 in a match that lasted 54 minutes.

Jwala and Ashwini, who started playing together again after a gap of one year during the French Open, were in control of the match and never allowed their rivals to post much of a challenge.

After an initial fight which lasted for just the first five points, Jwala and Ashwini broke off and kept extending the lead as they moved from 8-5 to 14-9 and then 18-11, before closing the opening game.

In the second game, Jwala and Ashwini surged ahead from 6-6 to 11-6 and then kept their nose ahead as their rivals crumbled.

On Wednesday, Indian shuttler Anand Pawar defeated Erik Meijs of Netherlands to enter the third round of the men`s singles competition.

Fifth seeded Pawar got the better of Meijs 21-12, 21-14.