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We need to be patient on court to win titles, says Ashwini Ponnappa

Experienced Indian women's doubles exponent Ashwini Ponnappa on Friday said she and her partner N Sikki Reddy need to work on their defence and be patient on court to clinch a medal at next month's World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.
"I think one of the areas is consistency. In India when we play we get very quick points and we also expect the same when we play outside because that's how we have practiced, we don't like prolonged points," Ashwini said on the sidelines of the three-day national finale of Junior badminton championship (JBC) season 3 here.
"And all the other nations like Japan are very patient while they play. If things don't go their way, they very quickly get defensive. So I would say we probably need to get a little more stronger in our defence and get more patient in that matter," she said.
Asked what's the target in the August 21-27 World Championships, Ashwini said: "To do the best that I can and hopefully win a medal."
Ashwini started playing with Sikki last November after breaking up with Jwala Gutta and the new pair has already reached World No. 25.
The 27-year-old from Bangalore has been playing with B Sumeeth Reddy and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in mixed doubles. Agencies
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