Jwala hopes to be in world`s top five in mixed doubles

Last Updated: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 18:50

Hyderabad: Jwala Gutta hopes that she and her mixed doubles partner V.Diju will be among the top five in the world badminton rankings by the year end.

For the World No.8 pair, their quarter-final loss to second-seeded Indonesians Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in the World Badminton Championships here, has been a motivating factor in their resolve to climb up the ladder.

"The fact that people were expecting us to win a medal is a big positive for us. It has given us the motivation to perform better," Jwala told agency.

"We have done very well in the last 5-6 months and that has helped us to go up in the rankings. I am a left-hander while Diju is a right-hander, so we complement each other very well. Out target is to be among top-five by the year end."

The pair will miss the Macau Open for which the 12-member Indian team left Sunday, as Diju has a stiff back, but will play in the Chinese Taipei Open beginning Aug 25.

Jwala is also happy with the performance of the Indian team in the World Championships.

"Saina reached the quarter-finals, Chetan (Anand) made pre-quarterfinals and we reached the mixed doubles quarters. How many times Indians have reached so far in World Championships? It is a huge boost for us as well badminton in India."

Jwala formed a competent pair with Shruti Kurian in women`s doubles but the two decided to part ways in March. During their 11 years` association, the two shared eight national titles and one international.

"It was my decision and I do not regret. I am playing with Ashwini Ponappa now. She is a very talented girl. We have just started together, but still we played well in some international matches where we stretched the top pairs. So, hopefully we will form a good combination."

IANS



First Published: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 18:50

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