7 September 1983 |
Wardha, Maharashtra, India
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Coach||S. M. Arif|
|Mixed Doubles / Women's Doubles|
|Current ranking||21 (23 June 2011)|
Jwala Gutta is a left-handed Indian badminton player who has won the National Badminton Championships thirteen times till 2010. She is a doubles badminton player who has partnered with Shruti Kurien and later Ashwini Ponnappa. She was the wife of Chetan Anand, an Arjuna Awardee; however, the two divorced in 2011.
Jwala was born on 7 September 1983 in Wardha, Maharashtra and brought up in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, to a Telugu Indian father and a Chinese mother. Jwala's father, Kranti Gutta, hailed from a family of freedom fighters and Leftists. Her mother, Yelan Gutta, was born in Tianjin, and is a granddaughter of a Gandhian named Tseng. Yelan first came to India in 1977 with her grandfather to visit the Sevagram ashram, where she translated Gandhi's autobiography and other works into Chinese language.
Performance in Women’s Doubles
In the doubles event though, her performance has been better as entered the Semi Final round of her second International Doubles tournament, the India Asia Satellite tournament 2002. She also reached the Semi Final round of the Indian Asian Satellite tournament 2004, and finished Runner Up at the LE VOLANT D’OR Tournament, known as TOULOUSE Open in the year 2004. Further, she reached the Final Rounds of the Scottish International tournament 2004 and 40th Portuguese Badminton Championship 2004. In the year 2006 she won the Sri Lanka International Satellite tournament while in the year 2007 she won the Cyprus Badminton International tournament. The same year, she also won at the Pakistan International Challenge tournament and the Indian International Challenge tournament. Apart from these achievements, Jwala won the Nepal International Series tournament 2008 and Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix 2008 in the Women’s Doubles category. She won a gold medal in the women's doubles at the Commonwealth Games 2010 making history of winning the first gold medal for India in the women's doubles. Later on this year they made again history by being the first Indian women's doubles pair to win a bronze medal in a badminton world championship. She played women's doubles as well as mixed doubles ath the 2012 London Olympics. Jwala pairing with Ashwini Ponappa lost there their opening women's double match against the Japanese duo of Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa on 28 July 2012. 
Performance in Mixed Doubles
In the Mixed Doubles category too, Jwala has shown her excellence as she has grabbed the titles in the Jakarta Satellite tournament and Welsh International tournament in the year 2005, Sri Lanka International Satellite tournament, Cyprus Badminton International tournament and Indian International Challenge tournament in the year 2007, and Nepal International Series tournament, Bitburger Open Grand Prix tournament and KLRC Bulgaria Open Grand Prix tournament in the year 2008. But the latest achievement in December 2009 where she and her mixed doubles partner Valiyaveetil Diju reached the World Super Series masters final in Malaysia, where they went down to world championship bronze medalists Christinna Pedersen and Joaquim Nielsen 21-14, 21-18. Pairing V. Diju, Jwala lost her opening match 16-21, 12-21 in just 25 minutes at the Wembley Arena in London Olympics. 
During her Badminton career, Jwala Gutta began dating fellow badminton player Chetan Anand, who was the 1999 Junior National Badminton Champion and 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010 Senior National Badminton Champion and has been honored with an Arjuna Award. The couple married on 17 July 2005 and got divorced on 29 June 2011.
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- Naik, Shivani (6 September 2009). "Orient Express". The Indian Express (New Delhi). Indian Express Group. Retrieved 19 August 2011. "Jwala Gutta has squared off against many players from China on the badminton court. As she celebrates the mixed doubles Grand Prix gold she won last week, she tells us about her Chinese connection"
- Sharma, Sanjay (10 August 2009). "Jwala Gutta's got the spark – Gandhiji impressed". MiD DAY (Hydrabad). Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Jwala Gutta focusing on fitness to be battle-ready for Olympics". 28 June 2012.
- "Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa lose Olympic opener". 29 July 2012.
- "Jwala, Diju lose opening match". 28 July 2012.
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