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Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa

Discussion in 'India Professional Players' started by cobalt, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. cobalt

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    Allegedly, USD 4,500 approx...
     
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    I have nothing to lose, everything to gain: Jwala Gutta
    Mohammed Shafeeq IANS - HYDERABAD
    12th July 2012

    http://newindianexpress.com/sport/article565294.ece

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    The glamorous shuttler, Jwala Gutta realises the enormous responsibility she has on her shoulders, but at the same time she feels honoured to be taking part in two Olympic events. (Express photo)

    Jwala Gutta, the first Indian to qualify for two badminton events at the Olympics, says she has nothing to lose and everything to gain from the London Games.

    Jwala, who has made it to the women's and mixed doubles, is excited about her prospects, more so because the venue is Wembley where she and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa had won the bronze medal at the World Championships last year.

    "Expectations have always been there. Somehow I have not felt any pressure till now. I am not scared of losing. Important thing is to perform, to put up a good show. This is my first Olympics. I don't think I have anything to lose at the Olympics, everything to gain. I am going to go there and give it my best shot," a confident Jwala told IANS in an interview.

    ..."I also like playing in UK. The way they present the tournament, the way they host is always very good," she said.
    Jwala believes the conditions also should suit her style of playing as the shuttles will be clearly visible and there will be no glare.

    "London is not going to be very cold. It is going to be summer over there. I don't think there will be any problem."

    Jwala is of the view that being an aggressive player helps her. "I am not scared of anybody, no matter who he or she is, or which country they belong to. That is how I have been from childhood. That is the style of my game."

    ..."There is no pre-planned strategy as such, you have to go there with an open mind. I have to be mentally present that day to play a match. Once that happens, I think everything will fall in place."

    She added: "Mental strength is mentally being present there at that moment. It is very important because everybody is going to be very fit and everybody has worked hard for this opportunity. Only a person who is mentally strong that day wins the match."
     
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    Jwala and I have a good chance of winning a medal: Ashwini

    FirstPost.com July 16, 2012

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/jwa...chance-of-winning-a-medal-ashwini-378468.html

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    New Delhi: From being an unknown junior to representing India at the Olympics, Ashwini Ponnappa has come a long way in the last four years and the shuttler believes she and her partner Jwala Gutta have a bright chance of winning a medal at London Games.

    ...“We have been practicing hard every morning and evening under (Syed Mohammed) Arif sir at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Indoor Stadium and Edwin (Iriawan) at Gachibowli and I think we have a good chance of winning a medal,” she said.

    “Arif sir is very patient and Edwin has also been pushing us hard and we believe we have the capability to win a medal at the Games. We know we can do it and we are focusing on the job but it is a process and we have to go through that. We really want to come back with a medal,” she added.

    Asked about the areas they are working on, Ashwini said: “I am working on my drops and strokes from the back and court movement, while Jwala has been putting a lot of hard work on her fitness. She has been dieting and lost a lot of weight.”

    ...Asked whom she is looking forward to meeting, the 24-year-old from Bangalore said: “Though I would want to meet all of them but it won’t be possible. So may be Roger Federer, especially after his Wimbledon triumph and Usain Bolt.”
     
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    A nice promo for India at the LOG, featuring Jwala and Ashwini....

    Enjoy!

    [video=youtube;HahMkeUTg3Q]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HahMkeUTg3Q[/video]
     
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    "Time to Cheer" India's theme song for the Olympics, also featuring Ashwini
    [video=youtube;hg3hS4nvs8A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3hS4nvs8A[/video]
     
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    It seems jwala is very much stubborn going with her wordly battle against sponsors and even BAI for not paying attention to women's doubles players though they perform for their nation in fullfledged manner.

    Here comes her interview:

    "http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-12/badminton/35049195_1_indian-badminton-league-jwala-gutta-saina"

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    " Everyone wants to be visible. There has been a lot of discrimination and that's why only one or two players have all the endorsements and ad campaigns. Other players don't get anything despite doing equally well. We haven't been supported by our own...when your own association doesn't acknowledge your win, who will? "

    I leave it to sponsors and endorsement companies to look into this and consider her plea in near future..:)
     
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    Jwala Gutta is such a trip. Pure entertainment. I'm sure she will write a book pretty soon and I wanna watch all her movies. She will probably have a short role in a movie and then complain that the big stars got more time on the screen even though she worked just as hard. I love Jwala Gutta.
     
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    Abslutely.... With that logic... a cameramen should get more than an actor.... may be more as the cameramen works much much harder :p Why is the world so harsh on some.... lol
     
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    Yup.. It is absolutely true. She is the hardest hitter of the shuttle in the world. :)

    http://newindianexpress.com/sport/article483631.ece?service=print


    Excerpts:

    "Though Ashwini is 5.5-foot tall, she is the hardest hitter of the shuttle in the world. Her overhead smash touched the speed of 260 kmph at the Paris World Championship last year."
     
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    I think that would have changed since then because when ever i see Wang Xiaoli or Tian Qing smash it seems almost like a smash in MD...
     
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    I am talking about the recorded and official announcement:), not about the one which looked like or seems like world record.. Do you have any record for that...?:)
     
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    Interview: Ashwini all praise for Tom John

    Dev Sukumar
    January 5, 2013

    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/01/05/interview-ashwini-all-praise-for-tom-john/

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    ...“It’s very different here,” Ashwini said. “There’s a lot of emphasis on individual training, which isn’t the case there (national camp). Tom Sir works on every single aspect of the game, which is very important for me. If I have to get better, I need that kind of training and Sir gives that to me. He corrects me constantly, and that’s very essential. Because there’s no end to learning, it’s not like I’m 23 so I have to stop learning… it’s really important, because I’m getting better, I get more confidence. You’re working on aspects that need to be worked on. Like this morning, I did multi-shuttle (practice), with a crazy number of shuttles, and Sir pushes you, and it’s required, because you need someone to help you. It’s definitely going to help me, because women’s doubles is not only about hitting; you have to smart and patient. Doing drills like this helps my stamina and patience.

    ...Ashwini says training at the national camp has its downside because it’s difficult for the doubles coach, Edwin Iriwan, to pay individual attention. “It’s impossible to get individual attention at the camp, because there are lots of players,” she says. “Coach Edwin (Iriwan) is helpful, but the sessions are different. With Tom Sir I get individual attention. At the camp the training is the same for everyone. But you do require individual attention because everyone has different needs.”

    ...The Kodava girl is hoping to bring her regular partners to Bangalore so that they can all train under Tom John. “I will request Gopi Sir to see if we can train here.


     
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    No mixed, just doubles for Jwala Gutta
    Badminton doubles specialist Jwala Gutta will return to competitive action at the All-England Open in March following what would be a seven-month sabbatical for the 29-year-old Hyderabad girl.

    "I just needed a break from everything. The pressure was taking its toll on me. In the run up to the Olympics I couldn't sleep properly, I couldn't eat properly. Although doubles is a team sport, the focus is invariably on me," said Gutta on the sidelines of the launch of the sports goods outlet in the city on Sunday.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...bles-for-Jwala-Gutta/articleshow/17917788.cms
     
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    she has always had a rather inflated opinion about herself
    if you review her matches in 2012, it's clear that Ponnappa is the one doing all the work
    and Gutta is the one making all the errors and doing all the whining :D

    hopefully this will also mean V Diju can find a better more reliable partner for XD
    good luck to him!
     
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    Jwala Gutta... oh so talented and ever so lazy. she seems to not have the mentality of a champion, failing completely to deal with the pressure of expectation that mostly came from herself anyway. not many expected big things from them at the olympics. or maybe people in India did but if they did, its mostly because she was silly enough to say that winning a medal was the goal.

    but she is a charismatic and dynamic player and its great to hear she feels like playing some badminton again
     
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    [h=1]No Jwala, Ashwini to pair with Pradnya at All England[/h]


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/badminton/No-Jwala-Ashwini-to-pair-with-Pradnya-at-All-England/articleshow/17956631.cms



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    BANGALORE: Shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, preparing for the Malaysian Super Series and the All-England Open, said she would honour her commitment to current partner Pradnya Gadre despite Jwala Gutta making a comeback from her break.

    Hyderabadi Jwala told reporters in Chennai recently that she would return to action at the All-England Open, adding she would focus only on women's doubles and partner Ashwini in the event. The pair had won the Commonwealth Games gold in 2010 before capturing a bronze medal in the world championships the following year.

    However, Ashwini hinted that resuming her successful partnership with Jwala was a possibility only after the March 5-10 event in Birmingham. "I have already conveyed my decision to Jwala, who has been extremely understanding," Ashwini told TOI on Monday.

    "I explained that I had given my word to Pradnya and I intended to honour it and Jwala was supportive of my decision," said Ashwini, who will leave for Hyderabad on Tuesday to resume training at the national camp.
     

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