An athlete if not a badminton star

The Bengaluru -based star’s heart has always been with badminton, even though her father, M.A. Ponnappa, played hockey at the national level.

Someone you would go to when you are in doubt

Mom.

Most memorable match

The Commonwealth Games 2010 final (Along with Jwala Gutta, Ashwini won the Women’s Doubles Gold at the Games).

Favuorite tournament

All England Open Championships.

Sporting Idol

Roger Federer.

What is your training regimen like?

Two on-court sessions and one gym session. About five to six hours a day. Monday to Saturday.

How do you unwind?

Read a book, listen to music, spend time at home or with friends and family.

Biggest off-court accomplishment

Could get through all my classes without losing a year.

Favourite movie

Begin Again.

Favourite song

Scream (Funk My Life Up) by Paolo Nutini.

Favourite karaoke song

The Reason by Hoobastank.

Favourite destination

Would love to visit Greece.

Favourite Book

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawerence Anthony.

Best Friend

Krishna & Oopali.

If not a shuttler, then what?

Probably would be playing a different sport. I was pretty good at athletics.