Jwala wins twin titles in Bulgarian GP

Updated: 12 October 2008 12:55 IST

India's Jwala Gutta clinched women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Bulgarian Grand Prix badminton tournament in Sofia on Sunday.

Jwala wins twin titles in Bulgarian GP

New Delhi:

India's 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 World number 26 pair, who also has the distiction 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 S M Arif.

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

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

However, Jwala says it was her performance in the doubles match that was more satisfying.

"But the doubles match was very satisfying. We were coordinating well and the Indonesian pair had no clue, they just could not understand what was happening," she said.

Asked what was her next target, Jwala said she just wants to concentrate on her game and not bother 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 my mental aspect of the game. More confidence is needed and I think winning these titles have given me a lot of confidence now," she said.



Topics : Badminton
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