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Hantuchova to brighten up Sunfeast

After Myskina and Hingis, Hantuchova will add glamour and rankings to the Sunfeast Open tier III WTA tournament.

sports Updated: Aug 09, 2007 03:50 IST

First it was Russian Anastasia Myskina, then Swiss Miss Martina Hingis. This time, it will be Slovak siren Daniela Hantuchova who will add glamour and rankings to the Sunfeast Open tier III WTA tournament here.

But, unlike the first two stars, the Slovak, currently ranked 10th in the world, is yet to win a Grand Slam.

That drawback, however, could take a backseat because, with the likes of 2007 Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, Sania Mirza, and Russian Maria Kirilenko making the top four, the competition this time promises to be much tighter.

Frenchwoman Bartoli is ranked 11th and Kirilenko is 35th. Mirza has just reached a career-high of 30th and looking good to improve on it.

"As of now we have set a cut-off at 105," Mahesh Bhupathi, of Globosport, said from Canada, where he is playing in the Rogers Cup.

"I think we will have a much better field this time and I am expecting some very close matches. This is by far the best women's field we have ever seen in India," Bhupathi, who partnered Hantuchova to win the 2005 US Open mixed doubles title, said. The meet kicks off on September 17 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

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