Chennai: Joshna Chinappa and Anaka Alankamony will spearhead the Indian challenge in the WSA Chennai Open squash tournament to be held from May 22 to 26.

The tournament offers USD 10,000 in prize money and has received entries from Malaysia, Australia, Egypt and England. The winner will take home USD 1900 and 350 world ranking points while the runner-up will receive USD 1300 and 280 world ranking points.

Malaysia's Siti Munirah Josoh, ranked 40 in the world, has been accorded the top billing in the tournament.

Chinappa, playing in only her second WSA event since her injury last year, has been seeded two as she used her pegged ranking of 41. Her current ranking is 71.

The qualifying rounds will be played on May 22 and the main round commences the following day at the Indian Squash Academy.

Seven local players, who will play the qualifying round, will join the 13 WSA players in the main draw.

Srivatsan Subramaniam, General Secretary, TNSRA, said, "Like every year, this year we hope to have a fantastic event that will be a breeding ground for our upcoming women players."

Players in the main draw: Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS, 40), Joshna Chinappa (IND, 71, PR41), Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG, 60), Pushppa Devi (MAS, 70), Salma Hany Ibrahim Ahmed (EGY, 81), Carrie Ramsey (ENG, 89), Zulhijjah Binti Azan (MAS, 101), Victoria Bell (ENG, 102), Anaka Alankamony (IND, 106), Jessica Turnbull (AUS, 111), Nouran Ahmed Gohar (EGY, 113), Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY, 165) and Harshit Kaur Jawanda (IND, 175, wild card).


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