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Indian seeds ready for international challenge

sports Updated: Aug 19, 2007 22:41 IST
Deepika Sharma

After a gap of more than two months, women will be back on the Indian courts in searing heat to vie for the ITF women's tennis tournament title from Monday.

At the Noida Stadium in Noida, many of the country's top players like Rushmi Chakravarthi, Ankita Bhambri, Sanaa Bhambri and Tara Iyer will face top foreign players like second seed Montinee Tangphong of Thailand.

Chakravarthy who was a finalist at the previous edition of the event held in Mumbai in May, will begin her campaign with a lot of expectations. Giving her a run for her money will be fourth seed Ankita Bhambri who had lost to the eventual winner Marinne Giraud of Mauritius in Mumbai.

The first round has some exciting matches lined up.

The Bhambri sisters will play their first-round matches on Monday, starting with Ankita who will take on unseeded Varatchaya Wongteanchai of Thailand. Meanwhile, Sanaa will face unseeded Indian Sweta Solanki.

Tangphong will take on Parija Maloo of India.