Indian ace-pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa added another feather in their caps when they won the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix Women’s Doubles title after notching up amazing victory over top-seeded Dutch combination of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the final at Markin MacPhail Center at Calgary. The third-seeded Indian pair won 21-19 21-16 which lasted 35 minutes.
In a closely-contested opening game, the 2014 Commonwealt Games silver medalists, Jwala and Ashwini broke away from the 19-19 and converted the lone game point opportunity to grab the initiative. The Indians dominated the second game and raced to a 5-0 lead before going from 10-6 to 15-6 up. However, Muskens and Piek fought back to win nine points straight and tie the game at 15-15. But Jwala and Ashwini did not let the advantage slip and won 6 of the next 7 points to clinch the title. This was Jwala and Ashwini’s first title since their reunion after 2012 London Olympics. Earlier they had won gold medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games and ended runners up in Indian Grand Prix Gold in 2010. They were also bronze medalist in 2011 World Championship.
Earlier Jwala-Ashwini duo defeated Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto 21-17, 21-16 in the semifinals and Hong Kong combine of Chan Kaka Tsz Ka and Yuen Sin Ying 21-19, 21-13 in the quarter finals. In the first round, the ultimate champions got the better of Samantha Barning and Iris Tabeling of Netherlands 16-21, 21-16, 21-17.
|… by Animesh Khare