Woman shuttler Ashwini Ponappa, the fierce star of South Asian Games led India to the semi-finals. When Ashwani stood at the court paired with PV Sindhu, lowly-ranked Nepal could hardly harbor a fight. Ashwani has been crowned with some excellent titles, a sincere sense of grit and gumption and some truly memorable moments throughout her career.
Born in Karnataka, Ashwini’s father was a national hockey player. Ashwani’s sport wasn’t going to be that as she rooted with badminton over hockey and later started getting trained in the same.
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Before you catch her next game, know 6 things about the Indian badminton doubles star Ashwini Ponappa that inspire us.
- Ashwini was the winner of Indian junior championships in 2001 as a 12-year old. Five years later, in 2007, her strong and cut-throat game smashed her opponents down at the court of the South Asian Games which brought her the Gold and lots of fans.
- In 2010, at the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, Ashwini paired with Jwala Gutta clinched the Gold medal in the Women’s Doubles. Thereupon, they were known as the first Indian duo to grab a medal in that category at the event. Ashwini also won a silver in the Mixed Team event at the Games partnered with another.
- In 2011, Ashwini along with her partner Gutta launched an excellent match when they grappled a bronze medal at the World Championships in Copenhagen. Henceforth, their names were stamped in history as Indian doubles pair to stand on the podium at the marquee event after Prakash Padukone(1983).
- Glasgow Commonwealth Games held in 2014 added another silver medal on their collars. The duo continued winning Bronze medals in the Asian Games in Incheon and the Uber Cup in New Delhi in the same year
- In June 2015, Ashwini-Jwala duo earned their first and only title in the year, the Canada Open women’s doubles by defeating the top-ranked Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek.
- 26-year-old Ashwini also participated in the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League. In 2015, she was chosen by Bengaluru Top Guns to represent their franchise in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). Now country’s doubles hopes are pinned on her for Rio 2016