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Worlds on Ashwini's mind

other Updated: Jul 27, 2013 02:26 IST
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Ashwini Ponnappa wants to leave the disappointment of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) players' auction behind and concentrate on the forthcoming World Championships, to be held in Guangzhou Aug 5-11.

"The last couple of days, the IBL distraction disrupted my training, but now I am back on court and practising hard for the upcoming World Championships. I am training in Bangalore right now while my doubles partner Pradnya Gadre is training in Hyderabad," Ashwini said.

Ashwini and her fellow-icon Jwala Gutta were upset with the IBL auction as their base price was reduced from $50,000 to $25,000 without informing them. The two said they felt humiliated and disappointed with the way they were treated.

On her preparation for the World Championships, Ashwini said: "I am working on my fitness." The 23-year-old Ashwini and Jwala, 29, created history at the 2011 World Championships in London when they won the bronze medal, only the second at the championships after Prakash Padukone's singles bronze in 1983 at Copenhagen.

One at a time
Asked whether she and her new partner Pradnya can win a medal this time, Ashwini said: "I have always taken one match at a time. We have a tough first round, let's first clear it."

Ashwini and Pradnya will face Danish pair Line Damkjaer Kruse and Marie Roepke in the opener. Pairing with Tarun Kona in the mixed event, they will face unseeded Japanese duo Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Miyuki Maeda.

Youngsters in
The Delhi Smashes on Friday roped in five city players. They are Utkarsh Arora, Mohita Sahdev, Rishabh Sahdev, Gaurav Deswal and Tushar Aggarwal.