New Delhi, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

Fresh from winning the doubles bronze in the Asian championship, top women doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa today exuded confidence on their prospects at the upcoming Uber Cup badminton championship next week.

Returning to the Siri Fort Indoor Complex where they won the 2010 CWG gold medal, Jwala and Ashwini need no reminding of the importance of their success each time India plays in the league phase.

"As a team we are playing well. There are lot of expectations from us and we will give our best to clinch victory for India," Jwala said.

If Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are expected to win their singles rubbers, Jwala and Ashwini remain pivotal to India's chances of reaching the knockout phase.

"The whole idea of playing for a team is so different from playing individually. I am a team player and I like the feeling around that we are one team. We all have one aim, to win for the country," said Jwala.

Ashwini echoed Jwala's views. "In the individual events, we play for ourselves. Even if we play for the country, there is no one relying on us. When we play team championships, we ensure that whatever we do, the effort should help the team win."

(Posted on 15-05-2014)