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The Second Rung Shuttlers Face Off for Jakarta Asian Games

By: Esme
Date: 12 Jun, 2018
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The all- India senior ranking Badminton tournament kicked off on Tuesday at the Karnataka Badminton Association. 1098 professional badminton players will play here in this tournament to make a place in the Jakarta Asian games to be held from 18th of August 2018.



This tournament shall not be witnessing top international players as they have their way into the Asian games already. This Rs.5-Lakh prize money event as well as another tournament is to be held in Hyderabad from June 19 which will act as the selection tournaments for the second rung shuttlers to get a chance in the last few spots for this year’s continental Games.

Top international players like Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, B Saipraneeth and Sameer Verma (men’s singles) PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are exempted from the event. Also, doubles specialists Ashwini Ponappa, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will skip the event.

 


In men’s singles which received a total of 559 entries, Pratul Joshi, Mithun M and Ansal Yadav are the top three seeds respectively. Gurusaidutt, currently ranked 119th, Lakshya Sen ranked 69 and Sourabh Verma ranked 71 in the world will be playing the qualifying rounds as they have no national ranking.


In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Bhale is the No. 1 seed ahead of Sai Utterjitha Rao is at No.2 while Shriyanshi Pardeshi is at No.3

Coming to the doubles players, the pair Arun George and Sanyam Shukla are the top seen in Men’s doubles and Dhanya Nair and Ashna Roy have the top billing in women’s doubles.


The tournament is scheduled to conduct the qualifying rounds in the first two days.

 

 The men’s qualifying – three rounds of 15 points — the total number of entries have been divided into four groups of 128 players each out of which eight players from each group will join the main draw of 64.

 In women’s singles with 256 entries, 32 spots are up for grabs through qualification while the doubles events will have 16 qualifiers in a main draw of 32.

 


As the number of entries have exceeded the expectations, in addition to the 10 courts at the KBA, four courts at Sree kanteerava stadium will witness women’s qualifying rounds for both singles and doubles.


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