Team VICTOR India sweetheart Ashwini Ponnappa
and her doubles partner Jwala Gutta are now occupying the 10th slot in the qualification rankings for the Rio Summer Olympics. They will hope to solidify their place in the top 10 this week at home at the India Open Superseries. Unseeded, the duo will be first up against Korea’s Go/Yoo, to whom they have won their only meeting, and potential second round against 8th-seeded Muskens/Piek of the Netherlands, the very team they beat for the Canada Open trophy last summer, with career head-to-head tied at 2-2. A quarterfinal showing here is just within reach and it would be a match to keep a close eye on when they can take on the World no.1 pair of Japan’s Matsutomo/Takahashi. With Ashwini
and Jwala’s attacking style of play, is there a surprise looming on Friday with a usually full-house local support?