Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.12 : The chances of Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa making it to the quarter-finals of the women's doubles event are almost over after they suffered yet another defeat in their Group Play Stage on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics here on Friday.
After losing the first set, the Olympic Indian debutants produced a much better performance in the second game before faltering significantly in the tie breaker against Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek.
The Netherlands duo took almost an hour to subdue the Indian pair of Gutta and Ponappa 21-16, 16-21, 21-17 in the second Group A match in Riocentro - Pavilion.
Earlier, Gutta and Ponnappa kicked off their campaign on a sour note as they suffered a crushing 15-21, 10-21 defeat against Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.
In the men's doubles event, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will aim to bounce back after their first round defeat when they take on Chinese duo of Chai Biao and Hong Wei in their second Group D clash later today.