I`ve no fear of losing in Olympics: Jwala

Hyderabad: Jwala Gutta knows competing at the London Olympics could be quite nerve-wracking but the Indian ace shuttler said she is ready for the challenge as she is not scared of losing and believes in working hard.

"I don`t fear anything. I am not afraid of losses, I am not afraid of losing to anybody. I am playing the Olympics for my country. I know how hard I worked. I am sure results will come," Jwala said.

"Being a doubles player, without any support, we don`t have any godfathers in doubles. It`s me who started everything. I don`t have anything to lose really. I will give my 100 per cent. I am sure things are going to come out really good," she added.

Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa had won the bronze medal in women`s doubles in 2011 World Championships at Wembley Arena in London, the same venue where next month`s Olympics is going to be staged.

"I am confident. I played in the same venue, world championships. I feel, when I can win bronze medal in world championships, Olympics is no different," Jwala added.

The first Indian shuttler to qualify in two events -- women`s doubles and mixed doubles -- at the Olympics, Jwala said the fact that the country is expecting a medal from her is in itself a big achievement.

"Expectations are high. That is an achievement for me. Expecting a medal from doubles player in India, is an achievement for me. I am happy for it. That is a good change," said Jwala.

"Till two years ago, nobody expected a medal out of me from Commonwealth games. So, everybody is expecting me to win a medal in Olympics. I think I achieved that. It is a good feeling. I am proud of that," she said.

The one-half of the Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair, Jwala said even though she is used to playing two events in a tournament, she is working to lose some weight to improve her on-court movement.

"I am used to it. I have won tournaments like that. I played two events everyday and won. But, of course, in Olympics there is going to be more pressure," she said.

"Fitness wise, I am fit. But, I want to get fitter and stronger. I am working on losing weight, so that I move faster. Till now, I never had any fitness problems or any injuries. I am still fit, but it is just that little more. I wanted to do whatever I can for Olympics. I just want to give my best shot," she added.

The 28-year-old Hyderabadi said Olympics would be a big challenge but she remains confident of winning a medal.

"Olympics is a big challenge. It is the biggest sporting event in the world. Playing first rounds itself will be a challenge as top 16 have been selected to play in the Olympics. I cannot underestimate anybody," she said.

"Everybody will be physically fit. But the day, whoever is mentally strong, will come out winner. I am all prepared. No strategy. Just go there, I know everybody is working hard. Everybody will have a lot of pressure," she said.

PTI

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