Bengaluru Topguns Ashwini Ponnappa and Khim Wah Lim play during the Premier Badminton League.(PTI File Photo)
Bengaluru Topguns Ashwini Ponnappa and Khim Wah Lim play during the Premier Badminton League.(PTI File Photo)

In mixed doubles, Indian male shuttlers want to dictate terms: Ashwini

Top women’s doubles badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa says India do not do well in mixed doubles as the male partners are reluctant to forgo their position near the baseline.
By Sharad Deep, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2016 07:44 PM IST

Top women’s doubles badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa says India do not do well in mixed doubles as the male partners are reluctant to forgo their position near the baseline.

Speaking to HT after her mixed doubles campaign at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix came to a close, Ponnappa said, in India, the male players often want to dictate terms. “In India, a male partner always wants his female teammate to play in a fixed position, which I believe isn’t good. One should give equal opportunity to his female counterpart too, and I believe that women partners can play well from the baseline too.”

She said the experience of playing with international doubles players such as Robert Blair and Joachim Fischer Nielsen was refreshing as they were flexible about the playing position. Ponnappa, Blair, a Commonwealth Games (2006) silver medallist in mixed doubles, and Denmark’s Nielsen, who had won bronze at the London Olympics and the World Championships (2009 and 2014) in the mixed event, were teammates at Bengaluru Topguns at the recently concluded Premier Badminton League.

“The male Indian partner always asks his female partner to be at the net, which I believe is not right. Unlike the Indian mixed doubles’ players, Blair and Nielsen were flexible and encouraged (me) not to remain at the net,” said Ponnappa. “While playing alongside them, I realised that they didn’t have a fixed position for (their) female partner, and they allowed me to play according to the rivals’ game plan.”

Ponnappa, however, said Manu Attri, with whom she partnered at the Syed Modi badminton championship, was different. The duo though lost in the first round. “I chose to play with Attri as I know he covers the court well, and gives me an equal opportunity to handle the rivals on the court,” she said.

“I find the duo of Jwala and V Diju the best mixed doubles players India has produced, and I really enjoyed their game,” said Ponnappa, who had won the 2010 Commonwealth Games women’s doubles gold medal with Jwala Gutta.

Speaking about the Rio Olympic Games, to be held in August this year, Ponnappa said her hunt for a berth is on the right track. “We have a specialist doubles coach and we are very much in (Union) government’s TOPS scheme, and I believe that by the time we start our mission Olympics, we would be well prepared,” she said.

TOPS is the acronym for ‘Target Olympic Podium Scheme’, an initiative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports under the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) to identify potential Olympic medal winners and provide them with the necessary support.

Promising juniors

Ponnappa also opined that the country has many upcoming junior players to take over the mantle in the women’s doubles. “I don‘t agree with the view that there is no one to carry the legacy after me and Jwala. There are many good girls among juniors who could come up to the level, but they need to work hard as things aren’t easy at the international level.”

“We too started from scratch, and we put a lot of effort to achieve success at the world level and I feel that every player needs to have that kind of dedication to earn name and fame at world level,” she added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Deol had won many medals for the country and the state since 1951 and was awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award in 2009 for his lifelong contribution towards sports.(@PunjabGovtIndia)
Deol had won many medals for the country and the state since 1951 and was awarded the Dhyan Chand National Award in 2009 for his lifelong contribution towards sports.(@PunjabGovtIndia)

Veteran Indian athlete Ishar Singh Deol dies at 91

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:55 PM IST
The mortal remains of Deol, who passed away on Saturday evening, were consigned to fire at Jalandhar on Sunday, a Punjab government release said.
Close
Manish Kaushik (Twitter)
Manish Kaushik (Twitter)

Manish Kaushik wins gold, India boxers impress in Spanish tournament

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 09:14 PM IST
  • Seven of India’s nine Tokyo Olympics-bound boxers won medals, some of them beating world class boxers. Manish Kaushik (63kg) was the star as he made an impressive return from injury–tear in the biceps required surgery in May—and won gold in his first event after the tough recovery phase.
Close
Representational image.(REUTERS)
Representational image.(REUTERS)

COVID-19 hits Indian boxers in Spanish tourney, three forced out of finals

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 01:05 PM IST
COVID-19 case hits Indian boxers in Spanish tourney, three men forced out of finals
Close
Jan Blachowicz defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 259.(Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jan Blachowicz defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 259.(Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Blachowicz, Nunes keep belts at UFC 259; Sterling wins on DQ

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Aljamain Sterling also won the UFC's bantamweight title when Petr Yan was disqualified for an illegal knee strike in the fourth round.
Close
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju(Twitter)
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju(Twitter)

Need to make marathon culture and popular event in India: Rijiju

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:17 AM IST
Rijiju's remarks came as he was attending the New Delhi Marathon 2021 on Sunday and he also conferred awards to the winners along with BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
Close
Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat(Twitter)
Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat(Twitter)

Vinesh wins gold, reclaims number one rank

PTI, Rome
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:13 AM IST
The 26-year-old World bronze medallist and the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Games, Vinesh blanked Canada's Diana Mary Helen Weicker 4-0 in the 53kg title clash.
Close
Photo of ace Indian distance runner Sudha Singh(HT Photo)
Photo of ace Indian distance runner Sudha Singh(HT Photo)

Sudha Singh, mourning coach Snesarev, chases Tokyo berth in New Delhi marathon

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:50 PM IST
  • The Belarusian coach, who mentored India’s top women distance runners to international medals, was found dead at NIS Patiala on Friday
Close
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju(Twitter)
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju(Twitter)

Olympic-bound athletes to get vaccinated first: Rijiju

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:58 PM IST
Earlier, Rijiju had said that Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes will get the coronavirus jab after the vaccination of the COVID warriors.
Close
Athletics generic image.(File)
Athletics generic image.(File)

Para athlete Vinod Kumar tests COVID positive, shifted to Bengaluru hospital

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:57 PM IST
Vinod is a bronze medallist at the Fazza World Para Athletics Grand Prix that was held in Dubai recently.
Close
The words "Hit Hard" are written on boxing gloves as parkinson's patients takes part in their twice -weekly rock steady boxing class in Costa Mesa, California September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)(REUTERS)
The words "Hit Hard" are written on boxing gloves as parkinson's patients takes part in their twice -weekly rock steady boxing class in Costa Mesa, California September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)(REUTERS)

Vikas, Manish among six Indian male boxers in final of Boxam International

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:46 PM IST
Vikas, back from a professional stint in the USA, defeated Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan, while Manish got the better of Lounes Hamraoui of France. Both the boxers won with identical 3-2 score-lines in bouts held late on Friday night.
Close
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1983, file photo, Washington Capitals' Doug Jarvis (25), right, scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Glen Hanlon during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The puck slides into the goal off the skates of Rangers' Mark Pavelich, left. Pavelich has died at a treatment center for mental illness. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, (AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 1983, file photo, Washington Capitals' Doug Jarvis (25), right, scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Glen Hanlon during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The puck slides into the goal off the skates of Rangers' Mark Pavelich, left. Pavelich has died at a treatment center for mental illness. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, (AP)

'Miracle on Ice' star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

AP, Minneapolis
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:14 AM IST
  • Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle's Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are still pending.
Close
Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov.(Instagram.)
Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov.(Instagram.)

EXCLUSIVE | Islam Makhachev recalls 'hard sparring' with Khabib Nurmagomedov

By YASH BHATI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 02:59 PM IST
  • Makhachev has an impressive record of 18 wins and only one loss and is a former teammate of retired lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Close
(L-R) Boxers Pawan Goyat, Suman, Chandn ... ence at Press club, Delhi on Friday
(L-R) Boxers Pawan Goyat, Suman, Chandn ... ence at Press club, Delhi on Friday

Professional boxing to get a pro touch for the first time

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:36 PM IST
  • ‘India Unleashed’, an event sanctioned by the Indian Boxing Commission (IBC), Goraya wants to rope in changes with USA styled boxing format and help ring in the changes for professional boxing in India.
Close
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg)(PTI)
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg)(PTI)

Simranjit, Jasmine in final; Mary Kom settles for bronze in Boxam International

PTI
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:00 PM IST
The 37-year-old olympic-bound star lost in a split decision after an exhausting contest that was also messy in equal measure.
Close
Nikolai Snesarev(ANI)
Nikolai Snesarev(ANI)

Athletics coach Nikolai Snesarev found dead at NIS Patiala hostel room

By HT Correspondent | PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 09:19 PM IST
The body of the 72-year-old Snesarev, who returned to India after a gap of two years to be at the helm till the end of September, has been sent to a government hospital for post mortem.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP