India Open: Ashwini Ponnappa Bears Indian Hope in Doubles


Next week, the BWF Superseries Tour and Team VICTOR will head back to Asia for the second Superseries tournament of the season, the India Open, taking place from March 24-29.
Doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa, the Commonwealth Games 2014 silver and 2010 gold medalist, will be among India’s hopes of winning a title. Last year, the honors were shared by Chinese and Danes.
Ashwini Ponnappa
VICTOR India star Ashwini Ponnappa
However, Team VICTOR’sTontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir is definitely one of those teams that are no stranger to the podium at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium. Fresh off a final at the All England Open, the Indonesians are three-time winners between 2011-2013 and made the semis here last year.
Lilyana Natsir, All England
Natsir (L) and Ahmad has won the India Open for three consecutive years between 2011-2013.
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SH-A920, Liliyana
Natsir (check out the new SH-A920 shoe) and Ahmad (R).
Kim Ha Na of Korea was also creating some of her best results in India in 2014, scooping two silvers in women’s and mixed doubles, with partners Jung Kyung Eun and Ko Sung Hyun respectively. But she will be preparing for the Superseries Premier leveled Maybank Malaysia Open the week after and will not come back to defend her points.
Kim Ha Na
Kim Ha Na , 2014 India Open finalist in both women's and mixed doubles.
( Edit by VICTOR Badminton )