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Women’s doubles future looks bright with advent of Tanisha-Ashwini partnership

Women’s doubles future looks bright with advent of Tanisha-Ashwini partnership

After Ashwini Ponnappa ended her partnership with Sikki Reddy, she has combined well with Tanisha Crasta and done well.

After Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, it is Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto who are making their way up the ranks in women’s doubles. A relatively new pair, the Ponnappa-Tanisha pair is WR-28 in the world and is already harboring hopes of making it to the Paris 2024 Olympics. They are on a high currently after finishing runners-up at the Syed Modi International 2023.

After a solid performance last week, Tanisha said, “There’s a fairly good chance of qualifying in the women’s doubles more than the mixed doubles. “We (Tanisha and Dhruv Kapila) have only started playing a tournament together and I think there are, there’s just like four-five months left for the Olympics qualification. So, practically, if you’d see, there’s a fairly decent chance of qualifying in the women’s doubles, and that is where my focus is,” she told Hindustan Times.

Ashwini-Tanisha has pocketed two titles this year already, Abu Dhabi Masters and Nantes International Challenge, and they could be good for more if they remain consistent. “I think we are a great pair and, of course, have a potential to be ‘deadly’ because… it is very difficult to find combinations like this, where one is really good at the back and has immense power to hit, and I think the only thing that can complement a player like that is someone who can really catch the net well and finish it,” she added.

“This partnership is actually built right this way. I find it very comfortable to play in the front. And she sees it from the back – that’s where her strength is. And that allows me to finish from the front. I think people will really look up to our pair because we have good partnership and it is very rare t find a duo where you have one really offensive player at the back, but also an offensive player in the front. A lot of pairs don’t really have that luxury,” added Tanisha.

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