New Delhi: Top players Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal will spearhead India's challenge at the Allam British Open beginning in Hull, England on Monday which will feature cream of the international squash fraternity.
     
The May 20-26 championship will mark the return of the world's most prestigious squash tournament to Yorkshire for the first time for almost 40 years.
     
Pallikal, World No.15, will play her opening match against Denmark's Line Hansen, ranked 22nd, at the KC Stadium on Tuesday while Ghosal, World No.19, will lock horns against a qualifier tomorrow and is drawn to meet fourth seed Gregory Gaultier of France in the second round.
     
Pallikal, who had become the first Indian to break into the top-10 of world rankings last December, has been training hard for the tournament with her coach and five-time World Open winner Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
     
Another Indian and Pallikal's Chennai teammate, Joshana Chinappa will have to play the qualifiers before making the main draw.
     
The British Open, the fourth PSA World Series event of the year, will take place for the first time at the KC Stadium in the English city of Hull. It was in 1974 that the British Open was last staged in Yorkshire - in World No.2 Nick Matthew's home city of Sheffield, where Australian Geoff Hunt won his second of a then record eight titles.

(Agencies)

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