PONNAPPA Ashwini < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 18 Sep 1989 in Bangalore, IND
Height1.64 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Karan Medappa
Residence Bengaluru, IND
Occupation Athlete
Languages Hindi, Kannada, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She was introduced to the sport at age three.
Why this sport? "I was a restless child and to keep me busy, my mother got me a badminton racquet and lobbed paper balls at me made from crumpled newspaper. Surprisingly, I hit them really well. After that I started playing badminton with my family and friends. As I got older, badminton got more serious and I didn't have time for anything else."
Club / Team Delhi Dashers: India
Name of coach Ajay Kanwar [club]; Pullela Gopichand [national], IND; Tan Kim Her [national, doubles], MAS
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for India
General Interest
Hobbies Listening to music, reading, watching movies. (redbull.com, 17 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career Her family. (youthkiawaaz.com, 17 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (ONS, 20 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Luck comes to those who work hard." (redbull.com, 17 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours In 2012 she received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government. (cricket.yahoo.com, 19 May 2014)
Famous relatives Her father MA Ponappa was a state level hockey player for Karnataka in India. Her uncle Kumar Appachu played state level cricket. (ONS, 20 Jul 2016; magnamags.com, 18 Nov 2013)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (indiatimes.com, 18 Jun 2018)