Calcutta: With Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu going great guns, India would surely end with a rich haul of medals in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, asserted India’s badminton doubles specialist Jwala Gutta.
“We will clinch a good number of medals as far as badminton is concerned. I feel the women’s singles and doubles will help India attain more success. In doubles, it would be tough. But in singles, there’s not much competition. I hope Saina and Sindhu reach the final. In doubles, you have Malaysians, the English and also the Singaporeans,” Jwala said.
Jwala further said her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa with whom she would be defending their doubles title at the Glasgow, was one of the best shutlers. “Ashwini is one of the best players. She’s famous for her hard smashes, I am lucky to play with her.”
Her ultimate aim is to do well in Rio 2016, Jwala said. The ace shuttler went on to thank the government for bringing Commonwealth Games to Delhi in 2010. “It’s been great… I’ve been training well for the last four months. I am working a lot on my strength. I want to thank the government to bring CWG to Delhi,” Jwala pointed out.
The Indian badminton glamour girl, who was in a controversy for a tweet against Saina Nehwal, said she was just speaking the truth and not against the country’s best shuttler. “I didn’t tweet against her. We live in a democratic country. No matter how big or small you are, everybody deserves respect,” she said referring to her tweet in support of Taufiq Hidayat in the build up to the IBL (Indian Badminton League).