Shuttlers Manu-Sumeeth look to impress at Canada Open

Calgary, June 22 (IANS) Following their brilliant outing at the US Open last week, shuttlers Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will try to repeat their performance at the Canada Open Grand Prix when the $50,000 tournament commences here on Tuesday.

Manu and Sumeeth, who lost in the final in New York on Sunday, are seeded fourth here and will take on local pair Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng for a place in the pre-quarter-finals at the Markin MacPhail Centre. They are the only Indian pair in men’s doubles.

Women’s doubles pairs of Pradnya Gadre and N. Sikki Reddy and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have already entered the last 16. While Pradnya and Sikki entered the pre-quarters because their opponents, Dominican pair Bermary Altagracia Polanco Munoz and Daigenis Saturria have withdrawn, Jwala and Ashwini were given a bye as they are seeded third.

Commonwealth Games champion Ashwini and Jwala also had a very good US Open as they reached the penultimate stage of the Grand Prix Gold tournament and would want to continue their form here.

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar and B. Sai Praneeth have been seeded ninth, 10th and 11th and will begin their Round of 64 matches against Shih Kuei Chun (Chinese Taipei), Alistair Casey (Scotland) and a qualifier respectively.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R.M.V. Gurusaidutt and the Verma brothers — Sourabh and Sameer — also feature in the draw and are expected to ease past the first round.

Mumbai’s Tanvi Lad and P.C. Thulasi will take forward India’s mantle in women’s singles. While Tanvi will take on American Jamie Subandhi in the Round of 32, Thulasi will take on the experienced Yui Hashimoto of Japan.

Tarun Kona and Sikki are the only Indian combine in mixed doubles but face a very difficult Round 1 against German top seeds Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels.

Tuesday will see qualifying rounds while the main draw begins on Wednesday.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here