Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug 17 : Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta has defended the sad medal run of the Indian contingent in the Rio Olympics saying that they had prepared superbly but were just unlucky.
"Overall, we really worked hard for the Olympics, we trained a lot and gave our best but I think we were little unlucky," Jwala told ANI.
Following the early elimination of Saina Nehwal and women's doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa, India have now pinned their dwindling hopes on shuttlers Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, who will play his men's singles quarterfinal later in the day.
Kunshan: Indian women's team settled for a bronze medal after suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in the semifinals of the Uber Cup badminton championship, here on Friday.
After top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu went down narrowly against their respective opponents in the two singles match, Jwala Gutta and N Sikki Reddy also bit the dust in the first doubles, ending India's campaign.
Indian eves had scripted history in the last edition when they won a historic bronze in New Delhi and they repeated the feat this time at Kunshan Sports Center Stadium.
New Delhi, May. 6 : Olympic-bound men's singles shuttler K Srikanth of India slipped a place to be ranked World No. 12 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.
2010 Commonwealth Games champion duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa, who made the cut for their second Olympics, rose one rung to be World No. 14 in women's doubles.
In women's singles, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, who will be representing India at the Rio Games, were static at No. 8 and No. 10.
New Delhi: India's campaign ended at the New Zealand Open badminton tournament in Auckland, with women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered defeat in straight sets to bow out of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold event here.
Jwala and Ashwini, saw themselves fighting hard in the opening game, but went down in a close affair. In the second set, they were ripped apart to bow out. They lost the tie 22-24 8-21 against the local combo of Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville in the women's doubles competition.
Calgary (Canada), June 29 - Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa clinched the 2015 Canada Open badminton title after beating top pair Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in their women's doubles event in Calgary.
The Commonwealth Games silver medalist pair overcame the Dutch duo 21-19, 21-16 in a thrilling final showdown that lasted over 35 minutes.
Although the Indian pair had to face stiff competition from their opponents to secure the first set, the second game began on a promising note as they were 15-6 at one stage.
Hyderabad, (Telangana) Mar. 14 - Ace shuttler Jwala Gutta has campaigned against cockfighting, a hitherto rural bloodsport, and expressed her strong displeasure at using cocks for the pleasure of human beings.
Wearing a specially designed dress and with 'blood spots' on her body like an injured rooster, Gutta on Saturday held a board reading 'Try to relate their fate, say no to cockfighting'.
Glasgow: Just hours after winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games here, ace shuttler Jwala Gutta on Sunday slammed discrimination of doubles game in India, saying that singles players were given more recognition in the country.
Glasgow: Star players Parupalli Kashyap and Jwala Gutta failed to create magic as India were blanked 0-3 by a dominant England in the mixed team semifinals of badminton competitions at the Commonwealth Games, here Sunday.
Tokyo: It was curtains for Indian shuttlers at the Japan Open as young Tanvi Lad and women`s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered defeats in the second round of the USD 250,000 Super Series tournament here on Thursday.
New Delhi, April 4 : Danish World No. 2 women's doubles shuttlers Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl believe that India's Jwala Gutta the "brain" and Ashwini Ponnappa the "machine" make a fine pair.
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