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Sourabh Verma men’s top seed in Tata Open badminton tournament

Sourabh Verma, world No. 48, will be followed in the seeding list of the Tata Open Indian International Challenge Badminton Tournament by compatriot Abhishek Yelegar

other sports Updated: Nov 29, 2017 11:04 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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Apart from Sourabh Verma (in pic), the men’s draw of the Tata Open Indian International Challenge Badminton tournament will feature rising players such as Giap Chi Goh and Lim Chi Wing of Malaysia, apart from India’s Pratul Joshi and Lakshya Sen.(Getty Images)

Former national men’s singles champion Sourabh Verma is bidding to repeat his four-year-old triumphant run as the top seed in the 10th Tata Open Indian International Challenge Badminton tournament commencing in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Verma, who will turn 25 on December 30, is the highest world-ranked men’s player (48) in the main draw, commencing on November 30 after Wednesday’s qualifying stage. He will be followed in the pecking order by compatriot Abhishek Yelegar.

The tournament, organised by the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy at the Cricket Club of India’s courts, has attracted players from eight nations, including Malaysia and Thailand from South East Asia.

The men’s singles event will also be contested by rising players such as Giap Chi Goh and Lim Chi Wing of Malaysia, apart from India’s Pratul Joshi and Lakshya Sen, bronze-medal winner in the Asian juniors in 2016.

In the women’s singles, India’s Rituparna Das and Sri Krishna Priya have been billed as the top two seeds. Other key players in the draw include Yeo Jia Min, Chua Hui Zhen Grace of Singapore, Yin Fun Lim of Malaysia and Sai Ittejitha Rao of India.

There are events in men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles too.

Badminton great Prakash described the upcoming event as “a special edition for us.”

“In the first two years it was a domestic tournament but thereafter became an international one. Prize money of USD 20,000 is on offer and the tournament is poised to showcase gripping action from a mixture of upcoming and established players,” said the former All-England champion.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 11:04 IST