Winning at World Championships has always been a dream: Ashwini Ponnappa

Vastavam web: Indian shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa has said it’s always been her dream to perform and win at the World Championships and that’s why she would try to give her best at the tournament beginning on Monday in Basel, Switzerland. Ponnappa will be participating only in the women’s doubles event alongside N. Sikki Reddy as her mixed double’s partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has pulled out of the tournament with injury. Ponnappa and Sikki will begin their World Championships campaign on Tuesday against Taiwan’s Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun.

“My main focus is to give it my all. There is no sure shot chance of winning for anyone. Hopefully things go well for us and we do well at the World Championships as it’s always a dream to win there,” Ponnappa told. “Our performance at the Hyderabad Open was good and has definitely given us confidence going into the World Championships,” she added.

In 2011, Ashwini won the bronze medal in the World Championships held in London alongside Jwala Gutta in the women’s doubles event. And since then, medals have eluded her at the Worlds. However, she is hoping for a better performance this time around by finishing on the podium. Ponnappa and N. Sikki recently won the silver medal at the Hyderabad Open after they lost to Korean players Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun in the summit clash.