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Diju/ Jwala crash out in 2nd round

Birmingham: Great Indian hope Saina Nehwal cruised into the second round of the All England Open badminton championships, but most of her singles compatriots suffered reverses in the opening round matches on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Diju: It’s all about confidence

No Indian pair in history has reached the heights that Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta scaled during their dream year of 2009. Beginning the year ranked 38, the duo rocketed to No.7 on the back of some sensational results, including the defeat of world champions Nova Widianto/ Lilyana Natsir at the Korea Open Super Series. Most memorably, they ended the year on a high, returning with a silver at the season-ending World Super Series Masters Finals. Dev S Sukumar travelled to Diju’s hometown of Calicut and caught up with the affable Diju as he enjoyed a brief lull before another hectic season: Continue reading

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Indian badminton review 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

While Saina deserved all the attention she got, it was sad that the brilliant mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta did not attract the same media coverage. In fact, the Calicut-born Diju and Hyderabadi Jwala, who is the daughter of a Chinese mother and Telugu father, were exceptional in climbing from world No.38 in December 2008 to world No.7 in exactly one year Continue reading

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