Ashwini Ponnappa is looking for a new adventure and is about to embark on a “very greedy” phase of her career, she giggles, filled with ideas. Ashwini has opted to take a vacation from women’s doubles for the time being and will not continue her partnership with N. Sikki Reddy. She will now join with 22-year-old Sai Pratheek Krishnaprasad in mixed doubles, where she hopes to start from scratch.
Pratheek has been playing doubles with Ishan Bhatnagar, and Ashwini, who has been playing mixed with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, wants to give the new pairing a chance. “Basically, we want to watch how it works over the next two to three months.” “I adore mixed doubles, and I’m excited to get started and work on our combination without being too concerned about a xyz ranking or xyz competition,” said India’s multiple medalist in doubles.
Pratheek is an intriguing youngster with strong back-court talents and experience playing men’s doubles. Ashwini is eager on performing with the Bengaluru lad, who unwinds by playing drums, while she attempts to revitalize her own career, with the primary objective of “beginning to play properly.”
“We’ll see how it turns out.” I’m not the type of person that will force a youngster to play with me. “I’m hopeful that this will work, but if it doesn’t, there will be no hard feelings,” she adds of a slower pace of goal-setting. Pratheek will get valuable knowledge from learning rapidly from an experienced teammate on the track.
Ashwini thinks her relationship with Sikki has reached its peak because they had accomplished everything they could. Of course, our partnership with Jwala’s and mine cannot be compared. There are fewer possible outcomes. However, we both put in a lot of effort and worked hard. Sikki is a go-getter who puts forth a lot of effort. She believes that she will succeed with her subsequent companion.
Ashwini and Satwik made the mixed semis of a Super 1000, and she and Sikki ran numerous top pairings close, as well as making the All England quarterfinals and qualifying for the World Tour Finals. However, the partnership was hampered by injuries and finale issues. “Those were pretty good results, but I’m a glutton.””I want more victories,” she says. She doesn’t rule out returning to women’s doubles, but she wants to give mixed a solid strong push.
Her top priority is actually making her game happy again. She’s been down lately after a spate of losses. Playing both women’s and mixed doubles wasn’t really taxing on my body, to be completely honest. The unplanned mental alterations were what really had an impact. But the urge is still there. I like to play badminton. I need to have fun in order to play well. If that is hindered, there is no point. It is there that mixed doubles’ frenetic energy can be discovered.
Indian doubles begins to rumble
International women’s doubles is a rigorous sport, with the Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese expending every ounce of energy in each match.”They’re almost always doubles machines.” Since 2010, I’ve been working on it, and we’re now in 2022. That’s a long time, and it’s past time for the next generation to step up and shine,” says the 2011 World Championships bronze medalist, 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, and 2014 CWG silver medalist. Ashwini was also instrumental in India’s 2018 CWG mixed team gold medal.
Ashwini is a brand ambassador for the Red Bull event Shuttles Up, India’s only purely women’s doubles competition, with the national finals taking place in Delhi on October 21. Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly both possess extraordinary talent. They only need to have confidence in themselves because they are swift and nimble.It will be critical for them to stay consistent and to build on previous successes. It was fantastic to watch Ashwini Bhatt and Shikha Gautam perform well at the World Championships. Things are definitely looking bright for doubles now, and I’m delighted they’re receiving some attention.I’m not upset that things have improved. She remarks, “It’s ideal for Indian badminton.”
Satwik-Chirag Shetty’s maiden men’s doubles medal at the World Championships last month followed a streak that began with their Women’s Doubles World Championship bronze in 2011. Both times, the hot singles had come up empty. Two men’s pairings advanced to the World Championship doubles quarterfinals, and a third is waiting in the wings. “Hopefully, this tendency will catch on in women’s doubles soon,” she says.