Ashwini Ponnappa

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda (born 18 September 1989) is an Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women's and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships. They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10. Ponnappa and Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Ashwini Ponnappa
Ashwini Ponnappa CWG.jpg
Ponnappa in 2010
Personal information
Birth nameAshwini Ponnappa
Born (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 31)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
ResidenceHyderabad, India
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Years active2007–present
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking10 (WD 20 August 2015)
21 (XD 6 December 2018)
Current ranking30 (WD), 35 (XD) (31 December 2019)
BWF profile

Early lifeEdit

Ashwini Ponnappa was born on 18 September 1989 in Bangalore. She was educated at St. Francis Xavier Girls High School, Bangalore and at St. Mary's College, Hyderabad. Her father played hockey for India.[1] However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.


In 2001, Ashwini Ponnappa won her first national title in 2004 in the sub-junior girls' doubles category. She also won the national title in sub-junior girls' doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls' doubles National title in 2006 and 2007. She won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events at the South Asian Games held in 2010. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the gold medal in Women's Doubles event pairing with Jwala Gutta, making history by winning the first gold medal for India in the event. Gutta and Ponnappa became household names after winning the medal in front of home crowd.[2]

Later on in 2011 they came up with one of their finest performances when she and Gutta etched their names in history books becoming the first Indian pair to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships. The pair defeated 12th seeds Vita Marrisa and Nadya Melati of Indonesia 17–21, 21–10, 21–17 to storm into the women's doubles semifinal before losing out to Chinese fifth seeds in the semis in London, thereby winning a bronze in the Badminton World Championship.

She participated in the women's doubles at the 2012 London Olympics. Ponnappa and Gutta lost their opening women's doubles match against the Japanese duo of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa. They then went on to beat much higher ranked Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien of Chinese Taipei 25–23, 16–21, 21–18 to register their first win in the group stages. Jwala and Ashwini missed out on a quarterfinal berth by a difference of just one point, even though they beat Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore 21-16 21–15 in their last group B match, after tying with Japan and Taipei on the number of wins. Prior to India's final group game on Tuesday night, the World number five Japanese pair of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa had shockingly lost to Chinese Taipei's Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin, ranked 10th, 19-21 11–21. India lodged a formal protest with the Games organizers to probe if the women's doubles badminton match involving Japan and Chinese Taipei was played in the right spirit, following the elimination of medal hopes Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa but no action was taken. Following the Olympic Games Jwala went to a temporary sabbatical from the game. Ponnappa then partnered Pradnya Gadre for a brief period of time in 2013 and then re-united with Jwala later in the year. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Ponnappa and Gutta won the silver medal in the women's doubles, losing to a Malaysian pair in the final.[3] On 29 June 2015, playing with Jwala, they won the Canada Open women's doubles title by defeating the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek.[4] She competed with Gutta at the 2016 Olympics, but they lost all three of their group stage matches and therefore did not progress further.[5] At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Ponnappa was part of the Indian team which won gold in the mixed team event, and won bronze with N. Sikki Reddy in the women's doubles.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

On 24 December 2017, she married businessman and model Karan Medappa.[6][7] Her favourite author is Nicholas Sparks and her favourite movie is the 2013 romantic-comedy Begin Again. Her favourite badminton strike is the smash.[8]


BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2011 Wembley Arena, London, England   Jwala Gutta   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
14–21, 16–21   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
  N. Sikki Reddy   Setyana Mapasa
  Gronya Somerville
21–19, 21–19   Bronze
2014 Emirates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland
  Jwala Gutta   Vivian Kah Mun Hoo
  Woon Khe Wei
17–21, 21–23   Silver
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex,
New Delhi, India
  Jwala Gutta   Shinta Mulia Sari
  Yao Lei
21–16, 21–19   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium,
Gimcheon, South Korea
  Jwala Gutta   Luo Ying
  Luo Yu
12–21, 7–21   Bronze

South Asian GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI-SAG Centre,
Shillong, India
  Jwala Gutta   N. Sikki Reddy
  K. Maneesha
21–9, 21–17   Gold
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  P. C. Thulasi   Aparna Balan
  Shruti Kurien
19–21, 20–22   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI-SAG Centre,
Shillong, India
  Manu Attri   Pranav Chopra
  N. Sikki Reddy
29–30, 17–21   Silver
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  Valiyaveetil Diju   Sanave Thomas
  Aparna Balan
21–11, 21–15   Gold

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[9] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[10]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Hyderabad Open Super 100   N. Sikki Reddy   Baek Ha-na
  Jung Kyung-eun
17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2018 Syed Modi International Super 300   N. Sikki Reddy   Chow Mei Kuan
  Lee Meng Yean
15–21, 13–21   Runner-up

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Syed Modi International   N. Sikki Reddy   Kamilla Rytter Juhl
  Christinna Pedersen
16–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2015 Canada Open   Jwala Gutta   Eefje Muskens
  Selena Piek
21–19, 21–16   Winner
2010 India Open   Jwala Gutta   Shinta Mulia Sari
  Yao Lei
11–21, 21–9, 15–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Syed Modi International   B. Sumeeth Reddy   Pranaav Jerry Chopra
  N. Sikki Reddy
20–22, 10–21   Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Bahrain International   Trupti Murgunde 16–21, 13–21   Runner-up

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Maldives International   N. Sikki Reddy   Sayaka Hobara
  Natsuki Sone
10–21, 21–17, 12–21   Runner-up
2016 Welsh International   N. Sikki Reddy   Anastasia Chervyakova
  Olga Morozova
16–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2013 Tata India International   Jwala Gutta   Pradnya Gadre
  N. Sikki Reddy
19–21, 19–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Tata India International   Tarun Kona   Akshay Dewalkar
  Pradnya Gadre
17–21, 21–18, 18–21   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Women's doubles results with Jwala Gutta against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[11]


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  2. ^ Rao, Rakesh (14 October 2010). "Saina wins singles gold". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Ashwini Ponnappa Profile". Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa Win Canada Open". Press Trust of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Ashwini Ponnappa Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  6. ^ Varma, Devarchit (25 December 2017). "Ashwini Ponnappa ties the knot with long-time boyfriend Karan Medappa". Hindustan Times. Mumbai. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Ashwini Ponnappa ties the knot with businessman-model Karan Medappa, see pics". The Indian Express. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
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