Ashwini Ponnappa is an Indian badminton
player who along with Jwala Gutta competed in the women's double event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She started her badminton career by winning the the Indian junior championships In 2001. She won the gold medal at the South Asian Games held in 2006 followed by another gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Women's Doubles event pairing with Jwala Gutta
. Though she and her partner Jwala lost her opening match in the women's double competition at the 2012 OLympics to the Japanese duo Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fujii in three sets, Ashwini Ponnappa won her next doubles match against the Chinese Taipei pair of Cheng and Chien in three sets with the scorelines reading 25-23, 14-21, 21-18.