I need to take the initiative with Pradnya, says Ashwini Ponnappa

Ashwini said her immediate focus is to improve her rankings in both women's doubles and mixed doubles, where she teams up with Tarun Kona. Currently Ashwini and Pradnya are ranked 27th in the world, two better than her ranking in the mixed doubles with Tarun.

updated: July 15, 2013 20:33 IST
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Mumbai: She played second fiddle to senior partner Jwala Gutta during their successful combination, but shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa now has a role reversal to enact in her fledgling women's doubles partnership with the inexperienced Pradnya Gadre.

"Jwala is a very confident player, a very good player at the net. She was the dominant player and the guiding force in our partnership. Pradnya too is a fine player at the net but she is inexperienced. Its my duty to take the initiative and guide her," said the 23-year-old Ashwini.

Ashwini had created waves during her partnership with Jwala by winning the gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a first-ever bronze medal for India in the World Championships the next year before parting ways and teaming up with Pradnya.

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