ICL Chennai Open 2008 begins July 2

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Chennai, July 1 (UNI) A high voltage action is on the cards as for the first time a PSA men's event and a WISPA women's squash tournament would be held simultaneously under the common banner of ''The ICL Chennai Open 2008'', at the ICL Academy here from tomorrow.

The twin tournaments, to be hosted by the Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association, would carry a prize money of 8,000 US Dollar each, Squash Racquets Federation of India Secretary General N Ramachandran said.

India's numero Uno and Former British Junior Open Winner Saurav Ghosal (ranked 53) has been given the pride of place in the PSA event followed by India's another best bet Ritwik Bhattacharya (58) as second seed.

The 16-player men's draw has players from Australia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Wales and England. The other Indians in the fray are Siddarth Suchde, Gaurav Nandrajog and Naresh Kumar (wild card).

After qualifying rounds tomorrow, four players would make it to the main draw beginning on July three.

In a bid to give more exposure to the Indian team ahead of the World Junior Boys Championship at Zurich this month, team members Vikram Malhotra, Paramit Singh, Ravi Dixit, Karan Malik, Ramit Tandon and Aditya Jagtap have been included in the qualifying draw.

The men's field include Ryan Cuskelly (AUS), Mohd Ali Anwar Reda (Egypt), Dick Lau (Hong Kong), Shamsul Islam Khan (Pakistan), Max Lee (Hong Kong), Rob Sutherland (Wales), James Snell (England) Z A C Alexander (Australia), Phillip NIghtingale (England) Greame Wilson (New Zealand) and players from Sri Lanka and the UAE.

In the WISPA event, India's Joshna chinnappa (36th rank) was seeded second behind Christina Mak of Hong Kong (33th rank), who was given the top billing.

Other Indian women in the fray included Asian Junior under-15 Champion Anaka Alankamony, Asian Junior under-19 runner-up Dipika Pallikal, Anwesha Reddy, Surbhi Mishra Aparajitha Balamurukan, Dheeya Somaiya, Harita Omprakash, Sachika Balvani, Saumya Karki, Shivangi Paranjpe, Shria Khatri and Swati Muchhal.

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