Ashwini Ponnappa

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Ashwini Ponnappa
Ashwini Ponnappa CWG.jpg
Ponnappa in 2010
Personal information
CountryIndia
Born (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 32)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
ResidenceHyderabad, India
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Years active2007–present
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking10 (WD 20 August 2015)
19 (XD 3 February 2021)
Current ranking24 (WD), 27 (XD) (5 July 2022)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  India
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 London Women's doubles
Uber Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2014 New Delhi Women's team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kunshan Women's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Delhi Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Women's doubles
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Women's team
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Gimcheon Women's doubles
South Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Dhaka Mixed doubles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Dhaka Women's team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati–Shillong Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati–Shillong Women's team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Dhaka Women's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2016 Guwahati–Shillong Mixed doubles
BWF profile

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda (born 18 September 1989) is an Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women's and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships. They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10. Ponnappa and Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Early life

Ashwini Ponnappa was born on 18 September 1989 in Bangalore. She was educated at St. Francis Xavier Girls High School, Bangalore and at St. Mary's College, Hyderabad. Her father played hockey for India.[1] However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.

Career

In 2001, Ashwini Ponnappa won her first national title in 2004 in the sub-junior girls' doubles category. She also won the national title in sub-junior girls' doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls' doubles National title in 2006 and 2007. She won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events at the South Asian Games held in 2010. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the gold medal in Women's Doubles event pairing with Jwala Gutta, making history by winning the first gold medal for India in the event. Gutta and Ponnappa became household names after winning the medal in front of home crowd.[2]

Later on in 2011 they came up with one of their finest performances when she and Gutta etched their names in history books becoming the first Indian pair to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships. The pair defeated 12th seeds Vita Marrisa and Nadya Melati of Indonesia 17–21, 21–10, 21–17 to storm into the women's doubles semifinal before losing out to Chinese fifth seeds in the semis in London, thereby winning a bronze in the Badminton World Championship.

She participated in the women's doubles at the 2012 London Olympics. Ponnappa and Gutta lost their opening women's doubles match against the Japanese duo of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. They then went on to beat much higher ranked Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei 25–23, 16–21, 21–18 to register their first win in the group stages. Jwala and Ashwini missed out on a quarterfinal berth by a difference of just one point, even though they beat Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore 21-16 21–15 in their last group B match, after tying with Japan and Taipei on the number of wins. Prior to India's final group game on Tuesday night, the World number five Japanese pair of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa had shockingly lost to Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin, ranked 10th, 19-21 11–21. India lodged a formal protest with the Games organizers to probe if the women's doubles badminton match involving Japan and Chinese Taipei was played in the right spirit, following the elimination of medal hopes Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa but no action was taken. Following the Olympic Games Jwala went to a temporary sabbatical from the game. Ponnappa then partnered Pradnya Gadre for a brief period of time in 2013 and then re-united with Jwala later in the year. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Ponnappa and Gutta won the silver medal in the women's doubles, losing to a Malaysian pair in the final.[3] On 29 June 2015, playing with Jwala, they won the Canada Open women's doubles title by defeating the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek.[4] She competed with Gutta at the 2016 Olympics, but they lost all three of their group stage matches and therefore did not progress further.[5] At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Ponnappa was part of the Indian team which won gold in the mixed team event, and won bronze with N. Sikki Reddy in the women's doubles.[1]

Personal life

On 24 December 2017, she married businessman and model Karan Medappa.[6][7]

Achievements

BWF World Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England India Jwala Gutta China Tian Qing
China Zhao Yunlei
14–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex,
New Delhi, India
India Jwala Gutta Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Singapore Yao Lei
21–16, 21–19 Gold Gold
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
India Jwala Gutta Malaysia Vivian Hoo
Malaysia Woon Khe Wei
17–21, 21–23 Silver Silver
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
India N. Sikki Reddy Australia Setyana Mapasa
Australia Gronya Somerville
21–19, 21–19 Bronze Bronze

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium,
Gimcheon, South Korea
India Jwala Gutta China Luo Ying
China Luo Yu
12–21, 7–21 Bronze Bronze

South Asian Games

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
India P. C. Thulasi India Aparna Balan
India Shruti Kurien
19–21, 20–22 Silver Silver
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI-SAG Centre,
Shillong, India
India Jwala Gutta India N. Sikki Reddy
India K. Maneesha
21–9, 21–17 Gold Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
India Valiyaveetil Diju India Sanave Thomas
India Aparna Balan
21–11, 21–15 Gold Gold
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI-SAG Centre,
Shillong, India
India Manu Attri India Pranav Chopra
India N. Sikki Reddy
29–30, 17–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[9]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Syed Modi International Super 300 India N. Sikki Reddy Malaysia Chow Mei Kuan
Malaysia Lee Meng Yean
15–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Hyderabad Open Super 100 India N. Sikki Reddy South Korea Baek Ha-na
South Korea Jung Kyung-eun
17–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Grand Prix

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 India Open India Jwala Gutta Singapore Shinta Mulia Sari
Singapore Yao Lei
11–21, 21–9, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Canada Open India Jwala Gutta Netherlands Eefje Muskens
Netherlands Selena Piek
21–19, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Syed Modi International India N. Sikki Reddy Denmark Christinna Pedersen
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
16–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Syed Modi International India B. Sumeeth Reddy India Pranav Chopra
India N. Sikki Reddy
20–22, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Bahrain International India Trupti Murgunde 16–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Tata India International India Jwala Gutta India Pradnya Gadre
India N. Sikki Reddy
19–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Welsh International India N. Sikki Reddy Russia Anastasia Chervyakova
Russia Olga Morozova
16–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Maldives International India N. Sikki Reddy Japan Sayaka Hobara
Japan Natsuki Sone
10–21, 21–17, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Denmark Masters India N. Sikki Reddy Denmark Amalie Magelund
Denmark Freja Ravn
21–15, 19–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Tata India International India Tarun Kona India Akshay Dewalkar
India Pradnya Gadre
17–21, 21–18, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponents

Women's doubles results with Jwala Gutta against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Badminton | Athlete Profile: Ashwini PONNAPPA - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". results.gc2018.com. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  2. ^ Rao, Rakesh (14 October 2010). "Saina wins singles gold". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Ashwini Ponnappa Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa Win Canada Open". Press Trust of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Ashwini Ponnappa Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  6. ^ Varma, Devarchit (25 December 2017). "Ashwini Ponnappa ties the knot with long-time boyfriend Karan Medappa". Hindustan Times. Mumbai. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Ashwini Ponnappa ties the knot with businessman-model Karan Medappa, see pics". The Indian Express. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  10. ^ "www.tournamentsoftware.com".

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