India’s most successful doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will be reuniting again. The two, after parting ways after the London Olympics last year, are likely to be seen in action as early as October.
Speaking to The Indian Express Jwala said, “Ashwini and I have spoken to each other and we think it is best for the country and for us that we play together because we complement each other very well and we have achieved success at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. We are planning to start playing together again from October.”
According to Jwala, the two decided to team up because of a couple of reasons. The first was the Indian Badminton League’s organisers knocking out the women’s doubles category from the tournament, which in turn resulted in the base prices of Jwala and Ashwini, both icon layers, being reduced to $25,000 from $50,000.
“I am sure if Ashwini and I had continued to play together women’s doubles would have been treated with more respect,” Jwala said.
Both Jwala and Ashwini claimed that they were not informed about the reduction of their base prices on the eve of the auction held in New Delhi last month. Though the IBL has promised to compensate them in full, both players have said that their pride was hurt. Jwala was bought for Krrish Delhi Smashers for $31,000 while Ashwini went to Pune Pistons at her base price.
The poor show of the doubles combinations at the just-concluded World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, where none of the Indian pairs were able to advance has also prompted the bronze medalists from the 2011 edition to get back together.
“Looking at the results at the recent World Championships, I believe that Ashwini and I must team-up together again because we are the best combination. We won the bronze two years ago at the World Championships,” Jwala said.
Ashwini lost both her doubles matches on the opening day of the World Championships after pairing up with Pradnya Gadre in the women’s doubles and Tarun Kona in the mixed doubles. The