Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa to renew partnership

The successful combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won India's first women's doubles bronze medal at the 2011 World Championship, is all set to be back together.

Almost a year after they broke up following Jwala's seven-month sabbatical from badminton in August last year, Ashwini and Jwala are in talks to pair up once again but both of them refused to divulge the details.

The duo confirmed on Tuesday that they will play together again.

“Yes, we have decided to partner again. We have done well together and we just thought of renewing the partnership once more,” Ashwini said.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa
Jwala Gutta (left) and Ashwini Ponnappa. File Pic

Jwala reiterated the same point here at the unveiling of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) trophy.

“Yes, we decided to get back together. We have done well in the past. We won medals at the Commonwealth Games and then at the World Championships. It is hard to say when we will get back together because we need to discuss a lot of things as of now,” Jwala told IANS.

Asked what were the reasons for getting back together, Jwala said: “Well, there are many reasons. When the time is right, we will let you know. It is not just about the results but about a lot more. But the important thing is we are getting back together.”

Both the shuttlers, however, refused to divulge details of their future plans.

Ashwini and Jwala are India’s only doubles shuttlers to win a medal at the World Championships, where they clinched the bronze in London two years ago.

Discussing the partnership, Ashwini said: " feel Jwala and I can get back together. Both of us think it would be good for us. We have done well in the past but I don't want to talk much about it now."

Following the London Olympics, Jwala had taken a break and Ashwini decided to pair up with Pradyna Gadre. The pair had some good wins and are currently the world number 26 combination in the world.

Jwala, who had been playing with Prajakta Sawant since April after the latter was named in the Indian squad following a court's order.

Jwala and Ashwini had also won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at the Siri Fort stadium where they will lead Delhi Smashers and Pune Pistons in their inaugural match of the Indian Badminton League (IBL). 

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