Indian duo, Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy, started the country's campaign in China Open with disappointment. Ashwini-Reddy were up against Japan's Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto. They lost the opening game before levelling the following one. However, the third game proved to be too much for the Indian pair and they ultimately have bowed out of the competition in the first round of women's doubles.
In the opening game, Ashwini-Reddy were up for a fight. While they conceded the lead from the initial moments, they kept Tanaka-Yonemoto on their toes. It was 10-9 at one stage, in favour of the Japanese duo, and looked anyone's game. However, Ashwini and Sikki Reddy couldn't attain the lead.
The penultimate game saw the Indian pair's revival. Ashwini-Reddy took off with the lead and played aggressively in the second half seeing the opposition's coming-from-behind ploy. They levelled the contest and headed to the deciding one with required momentum.
The third game was more-a-less a repeat of the opening game. Ashwini-Reddy erred in few shots and paid the price for it. They, however, narrowed the gap but was too late by then. Ashwini-Reddy ultimately lost the contest: 19-21, 21-15, 17-21.
This is Ashwini-Reddy's second defeat against Tanaka-Yonemoto in equal number of faceoffs.
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