Jwala is charged up for a crucial new year

first_imgJwala Gutta is least concerned with the fact that she has dropped out of the top-10 in the mixed doubles rankings.She would rather give credit to herself for winning the women’s doubles gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and said that 2010 was the most memorable year of her career.”I know my ranking in mixed doubles has dropped but that is because I choose not to play tournaments after the Commonwealth Games. I was really tired and wanted a break. I am not worried about my rankings as what matters is performance.”If I perform well, I can certainly rise in rankings again. My performance is more important for me than rankings.” Jwala was in the Capital for the announcement of dates for the 75th Raghvendra Singh Memorial Senior National Badminton Championship to be held in Rohtak from January 3 to 10.The Commonwealth Games has helped not just shuttlers but the sports itself to gain popularity among the masses.Jwala said that the Games were a turning point in her career which helped her getting recognition and sponsors.”2010 was the best year of my career as I won the doubles gold at the Games which gave me a lot of recognition. I am approached by more sponsors and it has changed my life,” said Jwala.She has not made any New Year resolution but says she will be more focused in 2011.”Next year is an Olympic qualification year. I am focusing more on the Malaysian and Korean Super Series events as they are really important. I have taken sufficient break now so I am ready to play my best out there,” she said.advertisementJwala also said that her mixed doubles partner Valiyaveetil Diju is working hard on his fitness as they need to be really fit for next year’s tournaments.”Diju is working really hard on his fitness. I am also trying to get fully fit before I participate in the Super Series events. I am not thinking of changing my partner as I am a very loyal person and I would not just play a tournament if my partner is injured rather than changing him or her. Diju and I can play for another four years without any problems,” Jwala said.This is the first time that the Haryana Badminton Association is organising a senior level badminton tournament. The qualifying rounds will be played on the first two days with inter- zonal competition on January 5 and 6. The main rounds will be held from January 7 to 10.”I am happy to be a part of this tournament and hope to start the New Year with a good performance in the national championship. I am pleased with the kind of incentives for the players in the event and it is good that young players will get a chance to test their skills.There are many upcoming players and it is good that they will get good exposure here,” she said.Haryana Badminton Association president Devender Singh said that they will make the event a great success and will provide the best facilities to the players. ” This is the first time we are organising the national championship at the senior level. I can assure you that we will make it the best event and will provide the best facilities to the players. I have also sent a request to Saina Nehwal but we have no confirmation from her side. On January 10, we will felicitate Saina, Jwala, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand to recognise their achievements in badminton,” Devender said.last_img

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