After reaching his maiden Super Series final at the recent Korea Open, Indian badminton player Ajay Jayaram will look to continue his good run at the $50,000 Dutch Open Grand Prix, which starts with the qualifiers in the Dutch city of Almere on Tuesday.
A runner-up finish at the Korea Open saw Jayaram jump to the World No. 25 spot and, seeded third, he will look to put his best foot forward when he opens his campaign against Mark Caljouw of The Netherlands.
Among other Indians, ninth seed RMV Gurusaidutt will take on Belgium’s Maxime Moreels, while fourth seed B Sai Praneeth will meet Denmark’s Steffen Rasmussen in the opening round of men’s singles competition.
Anand Pawar, seeded 14th, will face Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia in another match.
In women’s singles, bronze medallist at Uber Cup and Asian Games last year, PC Thulasi will take on a qualifier in the first round.
The mixed doubles pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Prajakta Sawant will fight it out with the Swedish combo of Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstrom, while Kona Tarun and N Sikki Reddy will be up against Netherlands’s Jacco Arends and Selena Piek.