After winning a Gold in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, all eyes were on India’s Golden Girls Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa to defend their Gold and make India proud once again. Being considered as one of the strong women’s doubles pair in the circuit at the moment, Jwala and Ashwini looked good to strike Gold in the Glasgow Games, eventually ended up winning a Silver.
They disappointed in the women’s doubles tie in the Badminton Mixed team Bronze medal match but came back strongly once the women’s doubles competition started. They got a bye in their Round of 32 match against Kiribati before overcoming the Aussie duo of HT Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21 21-10 21-6.
In the last eight, they brushed aside the hapless Lankan pair of Upuli Weerasinghe and Achini Rathnasiri 21-10 21-9 and raced into the semis in which they hardly dropped a sweat in the 27 minutes battle in which they defeated Malaysia’s Pei Jing and LY Lim 21-7 21-12.
As the tournament moved into the last day, P Kashyap won India a Gold and it was expected that Jwala and Ashwini will soon join the Golden Club at the end of the day. Facing another Malaysian pair of VKM Hoo and KW Woon, the Indian duo lost the first game 17-21 and came back strongly in the second game and threatened to pull off a miraculous victory over the Malaysians.
The Indians held up five match points just to surrender to the Malaysians in the sixth and settled for the Silver. With this Silver medal, India had won a Gold, a Silver and two Bronze from Badminton which is considered to be a rather poor performance from the shuttlers.
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