Two names crop up when one talks about India women badminton -- Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, who have been great servants for the nation in the singles competition. Though India might not be a huge force dominating the sport in the doubles competition, the pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa should be applauded for some of their performance on the court, including medal winning show in the 2010 (gold) and 2014 (silver) Commonwealth Games.
But, the pair has decided to split ways, which is a huge setback for women's doubles as they were a regular feature in some big world events. Besides the Commonwealth medals, one of their major highlights will be their stunning performance in 2011 world championship to win bronze.
Ashwini confirmed about their decision to go separate ways, but the shuttler, who is looking for a new start in her career, has not made any long term plans.
"Me and Jwala had a great partnership, but it was time for us to look for a new beginning. I haven't made any long term plans, but after the bout of dengue just before the Olympics, I felt it was better for us to start with smaller tournaments," Mumbai Mirror quoted Ashwini as saying.
With the players parting ways, they will be seen with new partners. As per reports, Ashwini is set to play alongside N Sikki Reddy, who has partnered PC Thulasi in the past. One will have to wait and watch how the new pair moves forward, but one thing is clear that Ashwini will encourage Reddy to perform better in each and every competition they participate.
Jwala, on the other hand, seems to be keen in shining in the mixed doubles competition. The left-handed shuttler is set to feature with partner Manu Atri, which seems to be another interesting pair. The experienced players will hope to perform big, and perform well in Superseries events.