2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Jwala and Ashwini didn’t have the best results in the run up to the Rio Olympics and the duo will look to put their best foot forward when they take the court here with just a little more than a month to go for the Games.
Jwala and Ashwini had helped India win a second bronze in Uber Cup in May and also reached the quarterfinals of the China Masters in April and New Zealand Open in March, beside a semifinal finish at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January. The World No. 16 pair have got a bye in the opening round here and will clash straight in the quarterfinals.
Another Rio-bound pair — Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy — too will look to sharpen their skills ahead of the Games when they start their campaign against local combo of Timothy Chiu and Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in men’s doubles on Wednesday. Among other Indians in the fray, Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth and RMV Gurusaidutt look to lay claim to the crown in men’s singles. It has been a difficult season for all of them plagued by injuries and bad form.
“It has been tough last few months with injuries. I had injured my left foot last year and then I suffered an injury at right foot. I played a couple of matches in public sector.” Prannoy said.