New Delhi: Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa made a winning start while Anand Pawar crashed out in men's singles of the All Englnd Badminton Championships at Birmingham on Wednesday.
Gutta and Ponnappa needed 23 minutes to send the Danish duo of Maria Helsbol and Anne Skelbaek packing 21-11 21-18 in the first round match.
In the second round, the Indian pair will take on Danish qualifiers Damkjaer Kruse and Marie Roepke who stunned seven seeded Indonesian duo of Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii in another first round match.
Meanwhile, Anand Pawar went down fighting 16-21 18-21 to Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in a men's singles first round match which lasted 31 minutes.
Both the players had made it to the main draw after playing in the qualifying round.