Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda is an Indian Badminton player who represents the nation in Women's doubles and mixed doubles Badminton. Born on 18 September 1989 in Bengaluru, India, the right handed shuttler has been representing India on the world stage since 2007.
Currently ranked 26th in the world, she boasts a career best ranking of 10 along with Jwala Gutta in Women's Doubles discipline of the game.
Daughter of national hockey player M.A. Ponnappa, Ashwini was interested in badminton and was trained in the game since early childhood. Young Ashwini Ponnappa went on to win her first national title in 2004 in the sub-junior girls' doubles category.
Since then there has been no looking back for the shuttler as she won national title in sub-junior girls' doubles in the year 2005, and then Junior girls' doubles national title for two times in a row in 2006 and 2007.
Rise to glory
Her first famous victory was when she won India's first gold in Women's Doubles at 2010 Commonwealth Games, along with Jwala Gutta. In 2011, the duo also became the first Indian pair to win a medal (bronze) at the World Badminton Championship in London.
Unfortunately, they couldn't carry their form into the 2012 London Olympics and ended up losing their opening game to the Japanese duo of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. They defeated a much higher ranked team of Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien in next match. But it all went in vain as they couldn't register a quarter-final berth by just one point.
Over the years Ponnappa has succeeded in adding quite a many feathers to her cap. The most important of her achievements are the Gold medals at 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast and 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Ponnappa has been quite phenomenal at the Commonwealth Games winning a silver medal each at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in women’s doubles and mixed doubles events respectively.
She also has two Golds ( Women's Doubles and Women's Team) and a Silver ( Mixed Doubles) in South Asian Games, all three of which were won in 2016 Guwahati.
She also has a Bronze at the 2014 Asian Championships, Gimcheon, as well as at the 2014 Asian Games, Incheon to her name.