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Appointment of specialist doubles coach great news for Indian badminton
Appointment of specialist doubles coach great news for Indian badminton

India’s star doubles pair Jwala Gutta (L) and Ashwini Ponnappa Indian badminton has been on a roll in recent years and no badminton fan ever doubts that. A string of upsets by our shuttlers in various international competitions over the years has enforced the country’s status as a badminton force – our players made it a habit of giving the likes of mighty China, Indonesia, Denmark, Malaysia, Korea and Japan a run for

Jul 27 2015
Jwala Gutta is happy that she and Ashwini are going to be part of the Olympic scheme
Jwala Gutta is happy that she and Ashwini are going to be part of the Olympic scheme

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have been in good form recently One-half of India’s best doubles pair, Jwala Gutta has expressed happiness at the sports ministry’s decision to include her and Ashwini Ponnappa’s names in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). After much mud-slashing, the sports ministry finally decided to include the duo in the scheme and the 31-year-old added the manner in which they had to g

Jul 20 2015
Interview with Ashwini Ponnappa:
Interview with Ashwini Ponnappa: "Jwala Gutta helped me develop as a player"

Ashwini Ponnappa Ashwini Ponnappa is on a high after winning the Canadian Open women’s doubles crown along with vastly experienced Jwala Gutta. The Ashiwin-Jwala pair reached their career-best ranking of 13 having upset a higher ranked Dutch pair in the final of the Canadian Open. Ashwini and Jwala are now focused on putting up a solid performance in next month’s World Championships. Ashwini talked about her Canadian Open explo

Jul 18 2015
Needless Jwala-Gopichand controversy must be nipped in the bud!
Needless Jwala-Gopichand controversy must be nipped in the bud!

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa with their silver medal at the 2014 Commonwelath Games Indian badminton has been riding high in recent years with the performances of our shuttlers making the country proud. There have been plethora of occasions when Indian players have scripted upsets in various major international events be it the men or women be it the singles or doubles. ‘Controversy’ was the last thing the sport needed as eve

Jul 15 2015
Is it racquet sport or racket of the sport? (Column: Just Sport)
Is it racquet sport or racket of the sport? (Column: Just Sport)

Gutta (R) and doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa All is not well in Indian badminton. Doubles exponent Jwala Gutta has taken on the authorities alleging step-motherly treatment towards her and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa as they have not been included in the elite group with medal prospects. For Gutta, ‘the authorities’ means Pullela Gopichand, and the animus between them goes back almost a decade. It began with the government na

Tan Kim Her to be appointed Indian doubles badminton coach: Report
Tan Kim Her to be appointed Indian doubles badminton coach: Report

Tan Kim Her has earlier coached England, South Korea and Malaysia If a report in the DNA is to be believed, then the sports ministry has, at long last, given a go-ahead for the appointment of a specialist badminton coach for doubles, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. According to the report, the ministry have zeroed in former Malaysian player Tan Kim Her to coach the Indian doubles team, until the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Speakin

Jul 2 2015
2015 Canada Open: Round-up of Day 6 Results
2015 Canada Open: Round-up of Day 6 Results

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won their first title after reuniting The finals of Yonex Canada Open 2015 took place on the last day of the event, Day 6. Jwala Gutta [3] and Ashwini Ponnappa of India were the champions of the women’s doubles category. Junhui Li [5] and Yuchen Liu of China were the champions of the men’s doubles category. Lee Chun Hei Reginald [2] and Chao Hoi Wah of Hong Kong were the champions of the mixed do

Jun 30 2015
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa win 2015 Canada Open
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa win 2015 Canada Open

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnnappa with the prize money cheque after their win The Indian women’s doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa clinched the 2015 Canada Open title, after beating the Netherlands pair of Eefge Muskens and Selena Piek 21-19 21-16 in the final on Sunday. Game 1 proved to be an extremely tight affair, right from the word go, as both went toe-to-toe, but as  is the case with such games, the pair

Jun 29 2015
Jwala-Ashwini storm into Canada Open final
Jwala-Ashwini storm into Canada Open final

Ponnappa (L) and doubles partner Gutta Calgary (Canada), June 28 (IANS) India's women's badminton doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa stormed into the final of the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix tournament after beating Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan 21-17, 21-16 in the semi-finals. The opening game saw fortunes fluctuating every now and then with both sets of players exchanging leads at different times here

Jun 28 2015
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into the finals of the Canada Open
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into the finals of the Canada Open

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa continued their fine run The Indian women’s  doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa moved into the finals of the 2015 Canada Open after beating Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan 21-17 21-16 in the semifinals on Saturday. The opening game began on a topsy-turvy note with both players exchanging leads at different times, but the critical turn happened at the 14-14 mark, when th

Jun 28 2015
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into semifinal of Canada Open
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa move into semifinal of Canada Open

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa moved into their second consecutive semifinal The Indian women’s doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa moved into the semifinals of the 2015 Canada Open, after beating Chan Kaka Tzk Ka and Yuen Suen Ying  of Hong Kong 21-19 21-13 in the quarterfinal on Friday. Game 1 witnessed an enthralling battle between the 2 pairs but like in the case with most close games, the pair who capitalis

Jun 27 2015
2015 Canada Open-Schedule for Indian players on Friday
2015 Canada Open-Schedule for Indian players on Friday

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will play their quarterfinal Apart from being a crucial blow, that being elimination of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy from the competition, India had a decent Day 3 at the 2015 Canada open, with 2 out of the 3 Men’s Singles pairs progressing and the recently elevated pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also moving into the quarterfinals. Day 4 promises to be yet another exciting affair with som

Jun 26 2015
Yonex Canada Open- Round-up of Day 3 Results
Yonex Canada Open- Round-up of Day 3 Results

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa progressed through to the quarterfinals It was an average third day for the Indian shuttlers at the Yonex Canada Open Grand Prix tournament. While in men’s singles two out of the three progressed through to the next round; there was a setback as the pairs of Manu Attri and B.Sumeeth Reddy and Tarun Kona and N.Siki Reddy were shown the exit doors in men’s and mixed doubles respective

Jun 26 2015
2015 Canada Open: Schedule for Indian players on Thursday
2015 Canada Open: Schedule for Indian players on Thursday

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will play their second round match India had a commendable Day Two at the Canada Grand Prix, with most of the Indian Singles players progressing through to the next round. Day 3 promises to be yet another exciting affair with most of the players in action Here’s the schedule: No. Category Match Time(IST) 1. Men’s Singles Sai Praneeth(IND) vs Nikula Karunara

Jun 25 2015
Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa match best-ever ranking
Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa match best-ever ranking

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa jumped from 15th to 13th in the latest rankings New Delhi, June 25 (IANS): India's most successful women's doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa rose two places to be at No.13, matching their career-best in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday. Jwala and Ashwini, who won the women's doubles bronze at the 2011 World Championships,

Jun 25 2015
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