The Indian women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are in great form this week as they made it to a super 1000 quarterfinals. It is indeed a milestone for the pair as they played the quarterfinal at the All England Open. They became the first Indian Women’s doubles to play the All England quarterfinals.
In the first round, they beat Thai Pair Benyapa and Nuntakarn Aimsaard 14-21, 12-21. In the second round, they stunned the sixth-seeded Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva 17-21, 10-21. The Stoevas were the runner-up at the Swiss Open two weeks ago.
Ashwini/Sikki crash in the quarter-finals
Ashwini And Sikki were up against Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen of the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the All England Open.
Having beaten the sixth seeds the Indian duo had an advantage of confidence, going into this match. Both pair fought hard in the first game and it was close. It was mostly the Netherland pair that were in the lead in the first half of the game. However, Ponnappa and Reddy fought back to get back level in the game. Unfortunately, they could not convert as they lost the game 24-22.
The second game was domination by Selena and Cheryl as they easily won 21-12. The Indian duo seemed perplexed with no answers and errors.
A great week at Birmingham came to a history creating women’s doubles pair of India. Their attempt at creating yet better history for their country was cut short with this loss.