India’s doubles specialists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa feel playing in team championships such as the upcoming Uber Cup motivates them to make that extra effort on court. The 2011 World Championship bronze medalists are confident of playing their part well when the tournament kicks-off at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on May 18.
“As a team we are playing well,” said Jwala referring to the duo’s bronze in the Asian Championships last month. “There are lot of expectations from doubles, we will give our best to clinch victory for India,” said Jwala, who made her Uber Cup debut way back in 2000 when she was 16.
Jwala and Ashwini helped India win the silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games at this very venue and the experienced shuttler insists that it is the charm of the team events that makes them punch above their weight. “The whole idea of playing for a team is so different from playing individually, I am a team player and I like the feeling around that we are one team. We all have one aim, represent India and win it for the country,” Jwala added.
Ashwini concurred with her partner. “In the individual events we play for ourselves. Even if we play for the country, there is no one relying on us. But when we play for a team, it is different. When we play team championships, we ensure that whatever we do, the end result needs to be that team is doing well. We have to think as a team and not just about our own performances alone, so it is different,” said Ashwini.