New Delhi, Aug 30 Jwala Gutta and V Diju today became the first Indian mixed doubles pair to clinch a Grand Prix Gold title after pulling off a hard-fought win in the finals of the badminton tournament in Chinese Taipei.
The world number seven Indian pair prevailed 24-22 21-18 over the Indonesian duo of Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa to achieve the historic feat in Taipei city.
In the first game, the Indian pair opened up a 15-9 but the Indonesian combo staged a comeback to reduce the gap to 15-14. But Jwala and Diju quickly got their act together and prevailed in long rallies to go one up.
The Indonesians started off well in the second game and were leading at 13-9 but this time it was the Indians’ turn to claw back and make it 15-15.