A woman who wears the nation’s pride up on her sleeve, Jwala Gutta is an international badminton player from India who won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times till 2013. Like her name is her game - she has been consistenly shining among the top 20 in the world charts.
This fiery shuttler from Hyderabad has done more for doubles in the country than any other player. Jwala brought doubles into focus, first with her mixed doubles partner V. Diju and now Ponnappa in womens doubles.
She bagged numerous medals for India, which include her BWF World Championships and Commonweath Games, which were the first of the kind for our country.
And, Jwala represented India in London Olympics, which was held on 27th July where she played both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles event. This event was held at what is considered to be the most iconic sporting venues in London - The Wembley Arena.
Other achievements include the historic bronze medal at the 2014 Thomas & Uber Cup team event and medals at Asian Badminton Championships and final and semi-final appearances in many big international events.
She also is the first women to qualify for two events in Olympics for the first time in Indian history
Jwala Gutta likes playing aggressive badminton and has a great affinity for netplay, with a great level of skill at the net like great anticipation and good deceptive shots.
She became more flexible and tenacious at early age with a never say die and straight on the face attitude.
Considering the Semi-final round of her second International Doubles tournament at the India Asia Satellite Tournament in 2002, her performance in the doubles event has been consistently decent.
She also reached the Semi Final round of the Indian Asian Satellite tournament 2004, and finished Runner Up at the LE VOLANT D’OR Tournament, known as TOULOUSE Open in the year 2004.
Further, she reached the Final Rounds of the Scottish International tournament 2004 and 40th Portuguese Badminton Championship 2004. In the year 2006 she won the Sri Lanka International Satellite tournament while in the year 2007 she won the Cyprus Badminton International tournament. The same year, she also won at the Pakistan International Challenge tournament and the Indian International Challenge tournament. Apart from these achievements, Jwala won the Nepal International Series tournament 2008 and Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix 2008 in the Women’s Doubles category.
She won a Gold medal in Women Doubles in Commonwealth Games 2010 and made history by winning the 1st gold medal in women’s doubles. And, Jwala was the first women to win a medal in badminton in cwg ever. Furthermore, she made history by being the 1st women’s doubles pair to win a bronze medal in world championships 2011.
She played women's doubles as well as mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics becoming the first and the only Indian to qualify in two events in the entire history of the game. In 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won Silver medal in Women's Doubles event.
In the Mixed Doubles category too, Jwala has shown her excellence as she has grabbed the titles in the Jakarta Satellite tournament and Welsh International tournament in the year 2005, Sri Lanka International Satellite tournament, Cyprus Badminton International tournament, and Indian International Challenge tournament in the year 2007, and Nepal International Series tournament, Bitburger Open Grand Prix tournament and KLRC Bulgaria Open Grand Prix tournament in the year 2008.
But the latest achievement in December 2009 where she and her mixed doubles partner Diju reached the World Super Series masters final in Malaysia, where they went down to world championship bronze medalists Christinna Pedersen and Joaquim Nielsen 21-14, 21-18.Jwala also won a gold medal in the prestigious Commonwealth Games 2010 which was held in India.