Jwala hopes to break into doubles top-10 by year end

Hyderabad: Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta, who along with Ashwini Ponnappa scripted history by winning the women`s doubles bronze medal in the World Championships, is now aiming to break into the top-10 of international rankings by the end of this year.

"Probably, by the end of this year I want to be in top 10," she said.

Though winning a medal in the London Olympics is a goal, she said she would like to focus on one tournament at a time for now.

"The World Championship is a preparation for the Olympics. So, I am going to focus on the tournaments before Olympics. I would think of Olympics then," she said.

She would play in tournaments in China and Japan and hopes to put up a good show in the events.

Jwala, who is currently ranked 17th in partnership with Ashwini, is confident that she would achieve a ranking in the top-15 which is the required for Olympic qualification.

"I think we should be below top 15. We are presently 17, so I am sure we will get there," she said.

Replying to a query, she said her mixed doubles partner V Diju, who has undergone a minor back surgery, has recovered now.

"Diju is fine now. He has recovered. But it takes a little while to come back after an injury. I am not putting any pressure on him. His health is more important. But, we will be playing a lot of tournaments. He should be okay," she said.

Jwala (27) and Ashwini claimed a bronze medal for India in the prestigious World Championship in London earlier this month which was a first for the country in 28 years.

The pair had earlier won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games last year.

PTI

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