Strength Behind India’s First Commonwealth Games Mixed Team Gold
After choosing badminton as her career, Ashwini was totally focused on what she has to achieve in life. Her father represented India in hockey but it was her choice to go for badminton.
When asked about her hardships, she replies that she had fixed in her mind what she had to do so there were scarcely any hardships she had to face.
Ashwini Ponnappa was born on 18 September 1989 in Bangalore. She won her first national title at the age of 16. She was consistent through the years and kept on winning national tournaments.
Women’s doubles and mixed doubles are the categories she participates in. She has tried her fortunes with N Sikki Reddy and Trupti Murgunde in the Women’s Doubles category and with Manu Attri, B Sumeeth Reddy, Tarun Kona and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in Mixed Doubles Category.
However Ashwini has been most successful with Jwala Gutta winning the 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in Women’s Doubles in front of the home crowd. This success gave her grand recognition as they made history by winning the first Gold medal for India in that category.
They made another impossible thing possible when they won a Bronze Medal in 2011 Badminton World Championships, becoming the first Indian pair to do so.
Ashwini generally played the aggressive role from behind the court while Jwala Gutta attacked from the net.
Her career best ranking was No.10 in August 2015 in Women’s Doubles and No.25 in September 2018.
Ashwini is the recipient of Arjuna Award for her contribution in the field of Badminton.
On 24 December 2017, she married businessman and model Karan Medappa who also played tennis. Ashwini says that Karan also knows the importance of diet and fitness which helps her in maintaining her physical and mental condition before or after a competitive match.
Ashwini has often expressed her disappointment towards the current women’s doubles pair as she feels that they are not competitive and strong to that level and that is threat to Indian Badminton. She feels that the development of Women’s Doubles somehow lacks and it results in the drought of medals at the international level.
|Commonwealth Games||Commonwealth Games||World Championships|
|Delhi 2010_Doubles||Delhi 2010_Mixed Team||London 2011_Doubles|
|South Asian Games||Glasgow 2014_Doubles||Asian Championships|
|Dhaka 2010_Mixed Doubles||South Asian Games||Gimcheon 2014_Doubles|
|Dhaka 2010_Team||Dhaka 2010_Doubles||Asian Games|
|Guwahati 2016_Doubles||Guwahati 2016_Mixed Doubles||Incheon 2014_Team|
|Guwahati 2016_Team||BWF International Challenge||Uber Cup|
|Brunei Darussalam 2008_Singles||New Delhi 2014_Team|
|India 2013_Doubles||Kunshan 2016_Team|
|India 2013_Mixed Doubles||BWF International Challenge|
|Cardiff 2016_Doubles||Brunei Darussalam 2008_Doubles|
|BWF Grand Prix Gold||Dublin 2016_Doubles|
|Chennai 2010_Doubles||BWF Grand Prix Gold|
|Lucknow 2016_Doubles||New York 2015_Doubles|
|Lucknow 2017_Doubles||Lucknow 2015_Doubles|
|Lucknow 2017_Mixed Doubles||BWF Grand Prix|
|Lucknow 2010_Mixed Doubles|
|Almere 2017_Mixed Doubles|
|Singles||Career High Ranking||BWF Titles||Played||Win||Loss||Net||Prize Money||Points|
|Doubles||Career High Ranking||BWF Titles||Played||Win||Loss||Net||Prize Money||Points|
|Career||10 (Career High)||1||281||134||147||-13||42,779||35,789|
|Mixed||Career High Ranking||BWF Titles||Played||Win||Loss||Net||Prize Money||Points|
|Career||26 (Career High)||0||143||67||76||-9||11,323||5,690|
|BWF Career Titles|
|Year||Tournament||Partner||Opponent in final||Score|
|2015||Canada Open||Jwala Gutta||Eefje Muskens, Selena Piek||21–19, 21–16|