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Saina, Chetan start favourites to win India Open title

india Updated: Jun 07, 2010 20:03 IST

With top international players giving the tournament a miss, home favourites Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand will look to win the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton event which starts with the qualifying round here tomorrow.

It will a big opportunity for the young Indian shuttlers like seventh seed RMV Gurusaidutt, sixth seed Anand Pawar and eighth seed Jayaram Ajay to register their best ever feat and get some valuable ranking points in the USD 120,000 event, the main draw of which is commencing on Wednesday.

World ranked 19th Indian Chetan has been given the top seeding in the men's singles, while Saina, ranked sixth, is the top seed in the women's singles.

Among other Indians in the fray, third seed P Kashyap, fourth seed Arvind Bhat and fifth seed Anup Sridhar will also look to cash in on the opportunity.

With no top pair around, it will a cakewalk for mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju, while second seed men's doubles combo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas can hope to breath easy till they meet top seed Malaysian pair of Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari Mohd and Zakry Abdul Latif Mohd.

Second seeds Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa will also fancy their chances in the women's doubles category.

But India's hopes will mainly rest on Saina, who made it to the semis in the Asian championship in Delhi last month, and had reached the quarters during the Indian Open and the World Championships last year.

Her best effort at home so far has been the Syed Modi Indian grand prix title which she won in December last year, defeating Aditi Mutatkar in the finals.

However, this week, second seeded Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia will stand on her way for the title.

In men's singles, besides Chetan, second seed Mohd Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia, a 2003 All England Champion, world ranked 21 will be a tough coustomer.

Despite a depleted field, the Indians can expect some stiff challenge from players from Malaysia and Indonesia.