Jwala Gutta is an inspiration of Indian young ladies

Jwala Gutta is a left-handed international badminton player from India. She is the country's top-notch player and has won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times till 2013. She is a doubles specialist who has been representing India on the international circuit for more than 15 years and has partnered with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career, but later found greater success with Ashwini Ponnappa and the pair has been consistently been ranked among the top 20 in the world.

Jwala Gutta is an inspiration of Indian young ladies 

Jwala, from Hyderabad, brought recognition for doubles badminton in the country, first with her mixed doubles partner Valiyaveetil Diju and now forms the high-profile partnership with Ponnappa in women's doubles.

Jwala has brought numerous medals for Indian badminton including the bronze medal BWF World Championships in 2011 and a gold and silver at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games respectively in women's doubles which were the first for the country in the discipline. Other achievements include the historic bronze medal at the 2014 Thomas & Uber Cup team event and medals at Badminton Asia Championships and final and semi-final appearances in many big international events most notably the finals appearance at BWF Super Series Masters Finals in 2009 alongside Diju.

Jwala with her successful career and outspoken nature is one of the few recognizable female athletes of the country and has been listed several times among the top most inspiring sportswomen of India. She is the Icon player for Krrish Delhi Smashers Franchise of the Indian Badminton League.
In the doubles event her performance has been consistently good as entered the Semi Final round of her second International Doubles tournament, the India Asia Satellite tournament 2002. 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.

During her badminton career, Jwala Gutta began dating fellow badminton player Chetan Anand, who was the 1999 Junior National Badminton Champion and 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010 Senior National Badminton Champion and has been honored with an Arjuna Award. The couple married on 17 July 2005 and got divorced on 29 June 2011. 

In 2011, Gutta was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government, India's second highest sporting honour for her achievements as a badminton player.

Jwala has worked for a number of social causes including women empowerment issues, anti-tobacco and anti-zoo campaigns. She has also been involved in many other campaigns including the Ice Bucket Challenge, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Jwala also launched the Indian Badminton League's (IBL) school programme 'Shuttle Express' in Pune for school children. Speaking during the briefing, Jwala said: "I am really happy to be here with the kids who are playing not only to win the Shuttle Express but to be the next badminton champion for India. Wishing everyone all the best and I know the Pune participants will make everyone proud."
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About Neha Nair

Despite being raised Hindu where parents enrolled in a Catholic school and proceeded to enroll in university to study medicine but become model cum entrepreneur.
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