Defending champion Saina Nehwal entered the pre-quarterfinals but it turned out to be a disastrous day for the men with all of them, including reigning champion K Srikanth, failing to cross the opening hurdle at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series badminton in New Delhi on Thursday.
Tenth seeded Indian badminton star Parupalli Kashyap lost but the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnapa won their respective matches in the World Championships here on Wednesday.
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Gutta has time and again expressed her disappointment, saying that neither she nor Ashwini as the support of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy reached the finals but it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth and women's doubles combo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa at the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
India had won two gold, one silver and one bronze in 2010 and this time again they would look to repeat their performance even though they suffered a jolt with the late withdrawal of Saina due to injury.
India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says a lot of work needs to be done in doubles event and stressed on the importance of a tougher system in place.
Ponnappa, along with Gutta, failed to even qualify for the All England Championship before making the first round exit at the Swiss Open this season.