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Jwala and I could team up again after IBL, says Ponnappa

Jwala and I could team up again after IBL, says Ponnappa

New Delhi: 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.

Asked if there is a chance of changing partners, Ashwini said: “Probably ya, talks are on but I don’t want to talk about it now. Lets us get done with the IBL. I 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,” she said.

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, said: “There is a chance of having another partner. I can’t say much about long term plan now. Talks are on and let’s see what happens.”

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).

Ashwini was left disappointed after her base price was reduced to 25,000 at the last moment by the IBL and she was fetched by Pune Warriors but the Bangalore girl said she has got over the disappointment.

“You can’t brood over it always. Then I was very upset but you have to get over it. I am excited to play in the IBL now,” she said.

The 23-year-old from Bangalore said she is excited to play with the experienced Joachim Fischer Nielsen, a bronze medallist at London Olympics, for the Pune Pistons tomorrow.

“The fact that I can play with him is very excited. He is a very experienced play. I will get to learn a lot for him. His style of play is different so it will help when Tarun and I will play,” she said.

“They have a set pattern of game, while me and Tarun have a different styte. Fisher plays most of the corners of the court, so it will be exciting,” she added.

Ashwini said there needs to be separate camps to focus on doubles players.

“Doubles need to be given importance rather then treated step-motherly. The baby steps that we have been taking in doubles need to be acknowledged. Things are slowly changing but it will take some time,” Ashwini said.

“I’m training with Tom Jones. He knows a lot about doubles. He has helped me a lot with my mixed doubles. I think there needs to be a separate doubles coaching camp to focus only on doubles players,” she said.


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