India’s most successful women’s doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta is on a new mission. The 36-year-old Jwala on who lately inaugurated Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence came in a Twitter Question and Answer #AskJwala session with The Bridge, where she spoke about a whole gamut of topics from India’s chances in Tokyo Olympics and also about her own experiences and opinions.
During her Q&A session, Jwala was asked about her opinion on India’s lacklustre performance in badminton in the last four to five months despite having players like P V Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Shrikanth Kidambi. Jwala replied saying the focus should be on more number of players and also concentration should be given on doubles games as well. “We need to take 100 players..we can’t just depend on two or theee players…and let’s not forget the doubles…,” tweeted Jwala.
The last five-sixth months saw sub-par performances from the Indian contingent at international outings, which has overshadowed most positives for Indian badminton. With the turn of decade, Indian players have faltered to perform well in the three big tournaments — Malaysia Masters, Indonesia Masters, Thailand Masters. Big stars of the game like Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth had to bear first or second-round exits in all these tournaments.
Jwala further delved upon the ignorance India’s doubles players face just because there’s a lack of understanding of the doubles event in the country.
Speaking about her academy which has opened up in Hyderabad, the hub of badminton in India, Jwala tweeted her academy will be focussing on all the events and will not be restricted to singles. Besides, she has plans to extend her academy in other states as well if she gets the required support from the government of other states.
She believes that P V Sindhu is going to be India’s biggest medal hope in badminton at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, she believes Saina Nehwal cannot be written off yet. “She needs to focus more on her strengths…and try changing game tactics!!” Jwala tweeted when asked how can Saina improve her game at this point of her career.