Badminton: Jwala-Ashwini lose in Australia Open
Top Indian doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were ousted from the Rs. 4.7 crore ($750,000) Australian Open Superseries as they lost in straight games to Indonesians Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii at the Sydney Olympic Park here on Thursday.
The fourth seeds beat Jwala and Ashwini 21-14, 21-10 in 32 minutes in the women's doubles second round to proceed to the quarter-finals.
Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal play their respective matches on Thursday.
Saina cruised through to the second round after beating Malaysia's Cheah Lyddia Yi Yu by pocketing the contest in straight games, 21-12, 21-10 on Wednesday.
In the men's singles match, fourth seed Srikanth was surprised by Hans-Kristian Vittinghus when the Dane took the first game 21-14. However, the Guntur-born shuttler came back strongly to crush his opponent in the second game and win it 21-8.