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Jwala-Diju fail at final hurdle

March 30, 2009 05:38 IST

Jwala Gutta and Diju Valiyaveetil's dreams of winning their first Grand Prix gold went up in smoke as the Indian mixed doubles pair suffered a straight games defeat against Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa of Indonesia in the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open final in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The error-prone second seeded Indian pair lost 14-21, 17-21 to the third seeded Indonesians.

Top seeded Tan Fook Choong and Wan Wah Lee of Malaysia took the men's doubles title after crushing Singaporean pair of Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Hendra Wijaya 21-9, 21-11 while in the women's doubles final Jin Ma and Xiaoli Wang of China beat Vita Marissa and Nadya Melati 21-14, 21-13.

In the men's singles, second seeded Indonesian Taufik Hidayat thumped Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim 21-18, 21-19 to clinch his first title of the year.

Women's singles top seed Hongyan Pi ended her three-year title drought after piping Julia Pei Xian Wong 17-21, 21-15, 21-14 in a 54-minute battle.

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