Ashwini Ponappa Emerges As The Top Doubles Star In The Country In Badminton


New Delhi: When it comes to the Indian badminton scene, Ashwini Ponnappa has been a stalwart for the last few years. Even before the likes of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu were dominating the global stage, Ponnappa won a historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2010 along with women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta. While Jwala is contemplating retirement, Ashwini has emerged as the top doubles star in the country and she believes that the new doubles pairs need more encouragement.

“We have a lot of talent in the country but what we need is more encouragement. We need to send more pairs to various tournaments as it will help them in getting that much-needed exposure and that way, we will have a number of pairs who can play at that level,” Ponnappa said.

Ashwini along with Gutta formed a formidable pair and they went to win a bronze at the 2011 World Championships, a bronze at the 2014 Asian Championships and silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the pair decided to part ways after they failed to win a single game at the Rio Olympics 2016. While a majority of her success came as part of that team, Ponnappa is not worried about her future and she promised to give her best every time irrespective of the results.

“I am always gunning for the top spot. What I have achieved so far is in the past but what I am going to achieve in the future is not something I think about a lot. All I can do is to believe in my partnerships and give my hundred percent every time I step out on the court. If more successes come my way, it will be great. But if it doesn’t, I will retire knowing that I did my best,” she explained.

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