Happy Birthday Jwala Gutta, Badminton Player Turns 37

Happy Birthday Jwala Gutta, Badminton Player Turns 37

Happy Birthday Jwala Gutta, Badminton Player Turns 37 

New Delhi: Jwala Gutta is an Indian professional badminton player, who was born on 7 September 1983. She represented India at international events in both mixed and women's doubles. She has a total of 316 match wins in both the disciplines this is the most by any Indian and peaked at no. 6 in the world rankings. Born in Wardha to a Chinese mother and a Telugu father, she began playing badminton at a young age. A fourteen-time National Champion, Gutta is the first badminton player of Indian to qualify for two events in the Olympics, women's doubles with Ponnappa and mixed doubles with V. Diju at London. Gutta is known for her skilled left-handed stroke-play and is one of the very few doubles players to use a forehand service.

Gutta has won medals at all major international badminton tournaments and multi-sport events, except for the Olympics.

In addition to her badminton career, Gutta has been involved in the issues she advocates for, ranging from fair treatment in sports, health, and education, women's empowerment and gender equality. She has been listed several times among the topmost inspiring sportswomen of India. She was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second-highest sporting award for her achievements. 

 

Gutta was married to badminton player Chetan Anand. The couple married on 17 July 2005 and got divorced on 29 June 2011. 

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Gutta likes playing aggressive badminton and has a great affinity for the frontcourt, with her skilled netplay, good anticipation and the ability to play deceptive strokes at the net. She is considered very dangerous in the frontcourt with her good reading of the game and sharp interceptions. She also has a strong smash from the backcourt and often makes use of deceptive drops. 

Gutta is vulnerable in a few areas of her game, most evidently in her movement across the court. She can commit certain unforced errors when forced to move out of her favored positions.  Gutta is also known for being one of the only top doubles players to still use the forehand service since most other doubles specialists opt for the safer backhand serve. She stands unique in this aspect.

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