Jwala Wins Twin Titles in Bulgarian Grand Prix


New Delhi, Oct 13: Jwala Gutta clinched women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Bulgarian Grand Prix badminton tournament in Sofia on Sunday. 

Jwala first combined with V Diju to win their consecutive Grand Prix title, defeating fifth seeded Indonesian pair of Fran Kurniawan and Shendy Puspa Irawati to clinch the mixed double's title.

The Indian duo overcame initial hiccups and rallied from behind to pip the Indonesian pair 15-21, 21-18, 21-19 in a 45-minute gruelling contest.

The pair had won the Bitburger Grand Prix mixed doubles title in Saarbruecken, Germany last week, which catapulted them to World number 55 in the latest ranking.

There was more good news for 25-year-old Jwala as she paired up with her doubles partner Shruti Kurian to thump second seeded Indonesian duo of Irawati and Meiliana Jauhari in straight-games to bring home her second title of the day.

The duo, who also has the distinction of winning the National Badminton Doubles Champions seven times, spanked Irawati-Jauhari 21-11, 21-19 in just 28 minutes.

On her twin title wins Jwala said she was very happy and extended her regards to her coach SM Arif.

"I am very excited, very happy and I want to thank my coach SM Arif for his constant support," she said.

"We lost the first game. I was actually not at my best but Diju played really well. We decided we won't go into defensive mode and kept attacking, which eventually paid off," Jwala added.

Asked what was her next target, Jwala said she just wants to concentrate on her game and is not bothered about the ranking.

"I am not bothered about ranking. I just want to focus on performance and do well. I am playing well, the defence, the attack everything is coming well," she said.

"However, I think I need to be more consistent and work on the mental aspect of the game," she said. 


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