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Tata Open from today

Prakash Padukone.

Prakash Padukone.

The $15,000 Tata Open International Challenge has attracted entries from eight countries, and over 200 players will take part in the men’s and women’s singles and the men’s and women’s doubles events.

The main draw will commence on Wednesday, December 10. The category-5 event of the Badminton World Federation will be staged in association with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and Tata Capital.

After highlighting the salient features of the PPBA which has completed 21 years, Padukone said: “The Tata Open International Challenge was a domestic tournament in the first two years. The Indian players had to go abroad to win points then, so we decided to upgrade the tournament.”

“The points gained here will also help the players in the process of qualifying for the Olympics.”

Padukone explained that many top players on the international scene today had come through playing in tournaments like this. “We will be able to see the future stars in action in this tournament. A majority of the junior national champions are from the PPBA academy in Bangalore. Since Gopi Chand is doing well with his academy, which is also the national training centre in Hyderabad, we decided to focus on the juniors,” said Padukone.

Sameer Verma (World No.53) has been given the top billing; he is followed by Anand Pawar (No.71), Malaysia’s Joo Ven Soong (No.85) and Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab (No.95).

On the women’s aide, Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee (No.30) is the top seed. She is followed by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong (No.39), Saili Rane (No.52) and P.C. Thulasi (No.80).

The draw is made up of 144 Indians, 28 Malyasians and 14 Singaporeans. There are players from Thailand (9), Indonesia (8), Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Nepal (two each), Vietnam (one player) in the fray.

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