Jwala hits back at organizers of Indian Open Super Series

New Delhi: Jwala Gutta who had a bad outing at the Indian Open Super Series hit out at the organizers for the asking them to play ahead of the scheduled.

“"I didn't play well. I was not feeling good on the court. But it all actually started on a bad note. There were two matches before us, they preponed our match. They asked me to get ready in 15-20 minutes without informing us. That just put me off," said Jwala after the match.

Jwala and V Diju who are one of the top seeds team of the tournament lost to the Chinese pair of Tao Jiaming-Xia Huan of China 18-21, 19-21 in a first round matchup.

“I went to the court on a bad note and started very negatively. It shouldn't have affected me. You come here prepared for the match and such stupid things happen. This happens in small tournaments but this is a Super Series. As a professional this should not have bothered us, but it somehow put me off completely before the match,” added an upset Jwala.

However she did not want to blame the scheduling as a reason for the defeat and does not want to use it as an excuse. “My performance cannot be blamed on the scheduling. I do not have much to say because playing good and losing is fine, but playing horribly and losing is just too bad. Even though Diju played well I was horrible today,” said Jwala.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Das the president of Badminton Association of India (BAI) said that it was very unfortunate for Jwala and Diju to crash out early on in the tournament, but said that BAI cannot say anything on the preponement of the match.

“Re- scheduling of matches do happen in tournaments and it is up to the referees to decide. There is a whole team of experts who decide on such issues and the decisions are taken keeping in mind the international standards. But still we will take up the issue with concerned body and try and find out where it went wrong” said Das.

By Samikshan Dutta Choudhury

Indian Sports News