Saina lose but Jwala-Ashwini keeps India in hunt in Korea

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New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Indian women doubles pair ofJwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa kept India''s tri-colourfluttering in the Korean Open but it was curtains for SainaNehwal and P Kashyap in the singles category of the SuperSeries tournament in Seoul today.

Saina made a disappointing return from injury as shesuffered a shock defeat at the hands of Japanese Sayaka Satoin the second round.

The world number four Indian, who looked rusty in herfirst round match against Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipeiyesterday, lost 21-17 19-21 11-21 to Sayaka in 53 minutes inthe women''s singles today.

P Kashyap also became a second round casualty afterlosing 16-21 13-21 to third seed Peter Hoeg Gade of Denmark in38 minutes in men''s singles.

Jwala Gutta and V Diju also tasted defeat at the hands ofsixth seeded Chinese pair of Tao Jiaming and Qing Tian, losing16-21 13-21 within half an hour in the mixed doubles category.

Commonwealth gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini,however, made sure that Indian camp had something to cheerabout by reaching the third round with a 21-18 14-21 21-15 winover Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa today.

Saina, who missed on-court action for more than a monthdue to a ligament injury in her right knee, relied on herpowerful smashes but Sayato played better at the nets to runaway with the match.

The 20-year-old Indian had her nose ahead after the firstgame, which she won 21-17 but Sayato bounced back afterwresting the second game at 21-19 and then kept the pressureon Saina, whose game crumbled.

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