India's mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju are virtually out of the reckoning at the London Olympics. They suffered yet another straight-games defeat in their second group match in the badminton competition at the Wembley arena on Sunday.
The 2009 World Championships winners, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark, seeded eighth, proved too hot to handle. The 13th ranked Indian combo succumbed 12-21, 16-21 in 30 minutes.
The Indian pair was erratic and could not match their opponents, who were in control throughout.
Jwala-Diju failed to create any opportunity as the Danes pushed them on the backfoot right from the start and maintained the pressure.
The Danish pair initially opened up a 6-3 lead, and with the Indians faltering at the net and their shots going wayward, they extended it to 12-4.
The Danes moved comfortably to game point with a smash by Thomas, who also closed the game with a quick backhand return, which the Indians had no clue about.
In the second game, Thomas-Kamilla attacked from the start and surged to 5-0 lead. The Indians played some good rallies to catch up at 7-7 but could not stop the Danish duo who went into the break at 11-9.
After that the Indians were again left to do the cat up act. The did narrow the gap to 16-18, but Thomas-Kamilla had the last laugh and sealed the issue when Diju's return crashed into the net.
On Saturday, the Indian pair was beaten 16-21, 12-21 by Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in less than 30 minutes
Jwala-Diju take on the Korean pair of Yong Dae Lee and Jung Eun Ha in their last group match on Tuesday.
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