Born on September 18, 1989, Ashwini Ponnappa is an Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women's doubles and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships. They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10. Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.
In pic: Ashwini Ponnappa shared this picture of herself with a friend, she wrote, "Finally caught up with this one"
Ashwini Ponnappa's father played hockey for India. However, Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton. She completed her schooling from St. Francis Xavier's Girl's High School, Bengaluru and moved to Hyderabad to pursue her Bachelor's degree
In pic: Ashwini Ponnappa enjoying a holiday in a picturesque locale
On December 24, 2017, she married businessman and model Karan Medappa at a ceremony in Coorg. The marriage rituals were held as per the Kodava tradition. The people from Coorg are called Kodavas, Coorg is a district in the state of Karnataka
In pic: Ashwini Ponnappa and husband Karan Medappa are all smiles in this lovely picture
Ashwini Ponnappa shared this picture of her engagement to Karan Medappa. That million-dollar smile on Ashwini Ponnappa's face says it all!
A power-packed picture of Indian badminton stalwarts! In this picture, Ashwini Ponnappa is enjoying a night-out with PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, Ponnappa wrote, "#throwback to a fun night with these ladies"
Ashwini Ponnappa's smile is brighter than the flowers in the background, she captioned the picture, "Pretty flowers"
Sun, sea and yachts, Ashwini Ponnappa captioned this picture, "Last day in #sochi #russia"
Ashwini Ponnappa looks to be having a good hair day! Gone are the days of her really short crew cut as she has decided to grow her hair a little longer
Ashwini Ponnappa shared this picture after a felicitation, she wrote, "One of the nicest Felicitations I've been to.A huge thank you to the Ammathi Kodava Samaj for recognising my achievements. Im thrilled to have received this #OdiKathi which is indigenous to my community,the Kodavas of Kodagu (#Coorg)"
Thank God it's Friday! Ashwini Ponnappa looks like she is enjoying the start to her weekend, she wrote, "Yaaay it’s Fridayyyy!!! #alphatauri #fitsbodyandmind #cooljacket #friday #happiness"
Ashwini Ponnappa shared this picture on a friend's birthday, she wrote, "Happy birthday Partner @satwiksairaj"
Ashwini Ponnappa has always been fond of dogs, she captioned this picture, "#throwback From my day at the best dog home/shelter/farm ever #voiceofstraydogs @vosd.in Love how every single dog that goes there,no matter what shape,size,injury or disability they may have,each and every one of them is given a home and no dog is put to sleep.They are given a chance to lead a happy,healthy life I love how happy the dogs there are!!Its just such an amazing place!!#voiceofstraydogs is most definitely my happy place #happyplace #bestplace
It isn’t the slightest bit easy to run a place which is a home for more than 800 dogs!!!!!All credit to the man who believed in it,started it and single handedly runs it #rakeshshukla @vosd.in .Happy that there is someone like him out there who’s doing everything he can for dogs.Hats off to you Rakesh #voiceofstraydogs #vosd #dogshelter #dogparadise #dogs#dogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop
Thank you @manviraophotography for the photos"
Ashwini Ponnappa loves to hand out with her girl gang on holidays, she captioned this picture with a few friends as, "My Goldspot lot"
Another picture of Ashwini Ponnappa enjoying a night-out with her girls. She captioned this picture as, "All time Favourites"
Ashwini Ponnappa shared this image from a vacation in Europe, she looks stunning in a long red skirt
Ashwini Ponnappa shared this picture on a friend's birthday, she wrote, "Little miss b’day girl @shravyavarma,hope you have a super aww..some day and year"
Ashwini Ponnappa shared a picture from her pixie haircut How am I the only one standing still when everyone else around me is grooving to music #pixiecut #missit#throwback
Ashwini Ponnappa looks dazzling in a short black dress and a scarf on a dinner party with friends
Ashwini Ponnappa had an amazing time when she went sky-diving, she posted this picture with a caption that read, "Just unbelievably amazing!!! can't believe I actually jumped off a plane #skydiveaustralia #skydivebyronbay #gopro#outtathisworld #wooohooooo #newexperience"
In this picture, Ashwini Ponnappa looks casual in a embroidered dress as she heads out for a Sunday afternoon lunch
Ashwini Ponnappa also loves to ride a bicycle, here she captioned, "I'm a TREK Bikes girl thanks to Trek Bicycle India for this wonderful gift - the FX S4!! It is a masterpiece and will surely enhance my training, apart from also letting me unwind with rides around the city thanks to Shilpa from Yellow Jersey - The Bicycle Station in Hyderabad for explaining every detail of the bike to me! Looking foward to some pedalling days #trekbikesindia #betterwithbikes #believeinbikes"
India's badminton star Ashwini Ponappa who won laurels for the country in international badminton tournaments celebrates her birthday today. Here's a look in pictures, at Ashwini's chill-out sessions with friends and her life with husband Karan Medappa. (All pictures courtesy/ Ashwini Ponnappa Instagram)
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