Players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal will spearhead India's challenge in the 2010 Australian Open from Tuesday in Canberra, which will feature the cream of the international squash fraternity.
Unseeded Ghosal will get his campaign underway with a clash against Australia's former world number one and 2008 champion David Palmer in the PSA Super Series six-day-long event. In the women's section, 18-year-old Chennai girl Dipika Pallikal faces the 2008 champion, Hong Kong's Annie Au in the first-round draw.
Men's world number one, England's Nick Matthew has been accorded the top billing.
Negi to meet Swiercz
Chotowa Czarna (Poland): Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi will take on Dariusz Swiercz of Poland in the sixth round of the World Junior Chess Championship. It has been a decent start for the Indian this year in the premier junior world event. With four points from five games so far, Negi stands joint second behind Swiercz, who is a half point ahead.
In girls, Padmini Rout’s results have been encouraging enough to hope for a medal. She is seeded 11th in the 60-players' field and her 4.5 points from the first five games have put her on par with top seed Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia), Nastassia Ziaziulkina (Belarus) and Olga Girya (Russia).