Who is Jwala Gutta?
Jwala Gutta is a retired left-handed badminton player from India. A doubles specialist, she is known as one of the only badminton players to still use a forehand service while playing. She has been credited with bringing attention towards doubles badminton in India.
Where did she grow up?
Jwala was born on born 7th September 1983 in Wardha, Maharashtra. She began playing badminton at a young age, trained by national badminton coach S. M. Arif at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad. In 2000, at the age of 17, Jwala won the National Junior Badminton Championship. She began her doubles partnership with Shruti Kurien at this point, which lasted many years. Together, theu won the Women’s Doubles National title for 7 years in a row (between 2002 and 2008).
What are some of her achievements?
- Gold medal in the Women’s Double event at 2012 Commonwealth Games with partner Ashwini Ponnappa.
- Bronze medal in the Women’s Double event at 2011 World Championships with partner Ashwini Ponnappa.
- Pair won a bronze medal at 2014 Badminton Asia Championship held in South Korea.
- Silver medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games with partner Ashwini Ponnappa.
Jwala Gutta’s Events
- Women’s doubles
- Mixed Doubles
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