Jwala-Ashwini in top 20; Saina also rises

Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 00:31

New Delhi: World Championship bronze
medallist Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa on Thursday broke into the
top 20, while Saina Nehwal jumped a place to fifth in the
latest world rankings released on Thursday.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jwala and Ashwini, who
created history by becoming the first Indian women`s pair to
win a bronze in World Championship last week, jumped four
places to 17th.

"We are happy to break into the top 20. Reaching the
semifinals of the World Championship was a good feeling,
especially because nobody has done that in India but we would
love to reach the finals. We have broken some barriers but we
would love to win a gold," said Ashwini.

Ashwini knows that expectations would be high from now on
as they prepare for the London Olympics next year and the
Bangalore girl said they would look to perform well in the
future tournaments and break into the top 10.

"I know expectations would be high but we performed when
people didn`t expect us to. So it is ok, our aim is to perform
well in the coming tournaments and that will take care of the
ranking automatically," said Ashwini.
"We are next playing in China and Japan and that`s our
target to do well there, we have some big targets and some
smaller targets and we are working towards that," she added.
Ashwini and Jwala claimed a bronze medal for India in the
prestigious event after a gap of 28 years.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallists gave a tough fight
to fifth-seeded Chinese duo of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in
the semi-final before losing 14-21 16-21 in 38 minutes.

The 21-year-old Saina, who reached the quarterfinals of
the prestigious mega event before crashing out, moved to
the number five from the sixth position.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 19:25

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