Jwala-Ashwini enter second round at All England

Birmingham: The Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and men’s pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy entered the second round of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here today.

Jwala-Ashwini defeated Malaysian team of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong 21-12, 20-22, 21-14 in 51 minutes. The 2011 World Championships bronze medal-winning Indian pair will meet Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei. The Chinese pair went past Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan 21-13, 19-21, 21-5.

In the men’s doubles, Attri-Reddy overcame a poor start against China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei. They lost the first game 9-21 before winning the next two games 21-17, 21-17.

In the second round, the Indian pair will be up against the winner between Indonesia’s Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Max Schwenger and Josche Zurwonne of Germany.