India’s women’s doubles pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly crashed out of the Malaysia Masters 2022 badminton tournament after a first round loss at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Playing against Malaysia’s Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan at the Axiata Arena, the All England Open semi-finalists went down 21-14, 21-14 in 33 minutes to make an early exit.
Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, both aged 19, began strongly against the world No. 10 Malaysians. However, after racing to a 3-0 lead in the first game, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly were pegged back.
Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan then kept their grip on the match to sail into the next round of the BWF Super 500 badminton tournament.
Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Indian badminton legend Pullela Gopichand, and Treesa Jolly were playing together for the first time since the Swiss Open in March. Gayatri Gopichand was under rehabilitation after suffering from a hip injury.
Earlier in the year, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly created history by becoming the first Indian women’s pair to enter the semi-finals of the All England Open.
Malvika Bansod, playing in the women’s singles qualifiers, and the other three Indian women’s doubles pairs competing in the first round on Tuesday, also lost their respective matches.
Malvika Bansod, 50th in the badminton world rankings, went down to Youth Olympic Games champion Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-10, 21-17.
Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam were overwhelmed by the world No. 2 Japanese pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 21-7, 21-10 in the women’s doubles.
Pooja Dandu and Arathi Sunil, who were promoted to the main draw, went down to eighth seeds Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva 21-17, 21-17.
Srivedya Gurazada and Ishika Jaiswal lost to world No. 21 Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting of China 21-10, 21-10.
India’s Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, along with India’s Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy, will begin their campaigns on Wednesday.