Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 18th September 1989
Place of Birth: Bengaluru, India
Height: 1.64m (164cm)
Handedness: Right
Career best Ranking: 10- Women's Doubles. 25 -Mixed Doubles
Major Teams: Delhi Dashers - PBL
Last Updated on: 26th April


Strength Behind India’s First Commonwealth Games Mixed Team Gold


Early Life

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.

Ashwini Ponnappa’s partners

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.

Ashwini Ponnappa Jwala Gutta Doubles

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’s Awards

Ashwini is the recipient of Arjuna Award for her contribution in the field of Badminton.

Ashwini Ponappa’s Personal Life

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.

Career Highlights

Gold MedalSilver MedalBronze Medal
Commonwealth GamesCommonwealth GamesWorld Championships
Delhi 2010_DoublesDelhi 2010_Mixed TeamLondon 2011_Doubles
South Asian GamesGlasgow 2014_DoublesAsian  Championships
Dhaka 2010_Mixed DoublesSouth Asian GamesGimcheon 2014_Doubles
Dhaka 2010_TeamDhaka 2010_DoublesAsian Games
Guwahati 2016_DoublesGuwahati 2016_Mixed DoublesIncheon 2014_Team
Guwahati 2016_TeamBWF International ChallengeUber Cup
Brunei Darussalam 2008_SinglesNew Delhi 2014_Team
India 2013_DoublesKunshan 2016_Team
India 2013_Mixed DoublesBWF International Challenge
Cardiff 2016_DoublesBrunei Darussalam 2008_Doubles
BWF Grand Prix GoldDublin 2016_Doubles
Chennai 2010_DoublesBWF Grand Prix Gold
Lucknow 2016_DoublesNew York 2015_Doubles
Lucknow 2017_DoublesLucknow 2015_Doubles
Lucknow 2017_Mixed DoublesBWF Grand Prix
Lucknow 2010_Mixed Doubles
Almere 2017_Mixed Doubles


SinglesCareer High RankingBWF TitlesPlayedWinLossNetPrize MoneyPoints
DoublesCareer High RankingBWF TitlesPlayedWinLossNetPrize MoneyPoints
Career10 (Career High)1281134147-1342,77935,789
2018 (Current Ranking)0835-2--
MixedCareer High RankingBWF TitlesPlayedWinLossNetPrize MoneyPoints
Career26 (Career High)01436776-911,3235,690
2018 (Current Ranking)03211--


BWF Career Titles
YearTournamentPartnerOpponent  in finalScore
Grand Prix
2015Canada OpenJwala GuttaEefje Muskens, Selena Piek21–19, 21–16
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