Jwala-Diju pair crashes out of World Championship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/badminton1.jpg' class='caption'> Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju fell prey to the Indonesian trap and crashed of the World Badminton Championship.

Updated: August 14, 2009 11:58 IST
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Indian mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju fell prey to the Indonesian trap and crashed of the World Badminton Championship after a straight game defeat in the quarterfinals here on Friday.

The world number eight Indian pair lost 16-21, 14-21 to the defending champions and second seed Indonesians Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in just 27 minutes.

Jwala and Diju were up 9-6 in the first game before squandering the lead. That apparently affected their morale as the Indian duo lost momentum after 5-5 scoreline in the second game.

They were left to do a catch-up job but to no avail as the Indonesian played a tactical game.

"We played the way they wanted us to play, which was not a clever thing in any way. We were playing close to their body and they were more than comfortable," Diju said after the match.

"They dominated us completely. They defended our smashes well and I feel I tried to hurry things up. I should have slowed down and played long rallies. I lost my patience," Jwala said.

Meanwhile, eighth seed Hongyan Pi of France bounced back from a game down to tame 11th seed German Juliane Schenk 15-21 21-15 21-19 in a women's singles match that lasted for more than an hour, while seventh seed Lan Lu of China stunned third seed Tine Rasmussen of Denmark 21-15, 21-13.

Blushing after reaching her first career semifinal in a world championship, Hongyan said she could not explain in words how happy she was.

"I can't explain how happy I am today. I guess this place is lucky for me," said Hongyan, who won the Indian Open in March here.

"I was confident but she (Juliane Schenk) played really well and kept a high tempo. I had to be more tactical as she was changing her game too often. She started off well but I kept telling myself that I have to belief in myself. It was a high pressure game," she said.

In the men's singles, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia survived a scare before beating Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-19, 21-19 in a 42-minute match, while second seed Chinese Jin Chen defeated 13th seed Simon Santoso of Indonesia 21-10, 21-13.

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