Badminton: Jwala-Diju lose opening match in Olympics
India's badminton campaign in the Olympics was off to a disappointing start as the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju went down in straight games to Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in their opening group match in London.india Updated: Jul 28, 2012 15:01 IST
India's badminton campaign in the Olympics was off to a disappointing start as the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju went down in straight games to Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in their opening group match in London.
Jwala and Diju lost 16-21 12-21 in just 25 minutes at the Wembley Arena.
In a lopsided contest, Jwala and Diju failed to be in the lead even once in the entire duration of the Group C encounter.
The Indians will now be up against the Danish combination of Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in their next match on Sunday.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.
The Indian men's archery team was knocked out of the Olympic Games after losing to Japan in a tense pre-quarterfinal shoot-off at the Lord's Cricket Ground today.
The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai, who had qualified bottom of the heap at 12th in the rankings round on Friday, were tied with their Japanese rivals at 214 after the regulation four rounds.
But the threesome of Yu Ishizu, Hideki Kikuchi and Takaharu Furukawa edged the Indians 29-27 in the shoot-off in which each the archers shoot alternatively.
The Indians would be much disappointed as they were leading by two points in regulation play before the Japanese equalised to force a tie-breaker.
The three will now be seen in action in the individual eliminations rounds that will commence on Monday.
All eyes will next be on the women's team which will compete in the Eliminator tomorrow against Denmark. The women's team was ranked ninth after preliminary round on Friday.
First Published: Jul 28, 2012 14:32 IST