Jwala Gutta is a left-handed Indian international badminton player who is the country’s top ranked doubles specialist. She has won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times till 2013. She has been representing India on the international circuit for more than 15 years and has partnered with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career winning the nationals with her for six straight years. The pair then split and Gutta then paired up with Ashwini Ponnappa before New Delhi Commonwealth Games and found greater international success with her as the pair has consistently been ranked among the top-twenty in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10 in 2015.
Gutta has won numerous medals for Indian badminton including the bronze medal BWF World Championships in 2011 and a gold and silver at 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games respectively in women’s doubles which were the first for the country in the discipline. Other achievements include the historic bronze medal at the 2014 Thomas & Uber Cup held at New Delhi, a bronze medal at Badminton Asia Championships in the same year and final and semi-final appearances in many big international events most notably the finals appearance at the 2009 BWF Super Series Masters Finals alongside Diju which was the first for the country in any discipline.Jwala Gutta was born on 7 September 1983 in Wardha, Maharashtra and brought up in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, to a Telugu Hindu Indian father and a Chinese mother. Jwala’s father, Kranti Gutta, hailed from a family of freedom fighters and Leftists from Peddapuliveru in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district. 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.Gutta has a younger sister, Insi Gutta.
Gutta partnered Shruti Kurien-Kanetkar during the early part of her career for the women’s doubles competition. The duo reached the semi-final round of their second international tournament itself, the India Asia Satellite tournament 2002. They also reached the semi-final round of the same tournament in the year 2004, and finished runner-up at the Le Volant d’Or Tournament, known as Toulouse Open the same year. 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