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All England Championships: Jayaram, Prannoy, Gutta-Ponappa crash out

March 09, 2016 23:07 IST

India's Ajay Jayaram

IMAGE: India's Ajay Jayaram in action. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Indian shuttlers had a bad day in office as Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy failed to cross the opening hurdle at the prestigious All England Championships in Birmingham on Wednesday.

World No. 21 Ajay Jayaram's fight ended with a narrow 18-21, 21-19, 19-21 loss to World No 16 Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus in the men's singles event.

In another match, H S Prannoy played his heart out before going down to China’s Xue Song 20-22, 15-21.

There was equally bad news in the doubles competition.

2010 Commonwealth Games champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a 24-26, 17-21 loss to the Dutch pair of Samantha Barning and Iris Tabeling in the opening round of the women's doubles.

In men's doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also went down fighting against Malaysians Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan.

They lost by a 21-16, 13-21, 15-21 margin.

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